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Legacy Myth

The article about the consolidation of casinos says Mirage is replacing green-screen IBM AS/400 with 64-bit Windows on Intel ("High Rollers," Sept. 13, 2004). Do you know how long the AS/400 has been 64 bits? Are you aware the AS/400 fully supports SQL?

Those of us who use the AS/400 get so tired of hearing it described as "legacy," with all the old and out-of-date connotations that carries with it.

Yes, the AS/400 costs more up front. But it costs less over the long run. Plus, it never crashes, has no viruses, and has never been hacked.

Dale Janus
Director of Information Technology, Specialty Pipe & Tube

Worth The Extra Cost

"Linux Aims For The Desktop" states the price of Hewlett-Packard's first Linux notebook PC ($1,450), then mentions that the same model with Windows XP Pro is $50 more ("Linux Aims For The Desktop," Sept. 13, 2004).

I work as a PC systems specialist in the IS department at a large hospital system. We are an HP self-maintainer shop and support more than 5,000 computers. I think we'll continue to pay the extra $50 or so instead of trying to move to Linux on the desktop and endure all of the issues and expense that will go along with that move.

Herb Malcolm
PC Systems Specialist, Maine

RFID Benefits Trump Risks

The idea of RFID as a substantial threat to privacy seems largely based on science fiction rather than sound analysis of how the technology will be used ("RFID Needs Insight, Not Scare Tactics," Sept. 13, 2004). Vigilance against privacy threats and other misuse will always be important but, on balance, RFID should be a big win for consumers.

Jim Harper
Director of Information Policy Studies, The Cato Institute, Washington

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