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THE BAYTOWN SUN 7-C High-speed home computers latest advance in industry REFINERY EMPLOYEES, counterclockwise, David Lane, Hector Guzman, David Coates, Mike Thorson, Larry Rice, Ron Malone, Gil Martinez, Jerry Zlebis and Mucio Ramirez work to move a 135,000-pound feed drum fabricated in the central shop..The drum, the heaviest piece of equipment Eigh t- week project ever fabricated in the shop, Is being supported by a thin layer of air underneath four air bags. The employees are laying linoleum which provides a smooth surface for the layer of air supporting the drum. An air compressor, which trails the drum, supplies the air to the bags via the hoses. Exxon shop manufactures heaviest feed drum ever made in local plant Thirty-one craftsmen from Exxon's Baytown Refinery's planning and shops department worked eight weeks to fabricate a 135.000-pound feed drum, the heaviest piece of equipment ever fabricated in the central shop. - All schedules, fabrication sequences .and problems were handled by a drum team comprised of Jesus Balderas, David Coates, Ezzard Conley, Hector Guzman, David Lane, Ron Malone, Gil Martinez, Mucio Ramirez, Mabin Rose and Mike Thorson. Also making significant contributions were Ernie Caughman, Randy Laza and Larry Rice. The drum also is the first American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) certified "U" stamped pressure vessel fabricated at the refinery. "To obtain *U' certification, the requesting organization must demonstrate excellent work in all related areas," explained Tom Boisture, section supervisor. After the inspection, the authorized ASME inspector complimented the group on the excellence built into the vessel. By LARRY BLASKO Aatodated Press Writer Marketeers who used to sell automobiles capable of going 140 miles an hour have shifted gears — now they're pushing computers that run at 8 megahertz. Pre-energy crunch motorists who tried to use 70-mph reflexes at 140 mph tended to be self- solving problems when they found solid objects; personal computer hobbyists who fall into the trap of needless power, however, will simply live on poorer but not necessarily wiser. Megahertz (MHz), the measure of "clock speed," Is an indication of the processing speed of the CPU (central processing unit) in the machine loafing around on your desk. It's loafing because it measures time in millionths of a second — a megahertz is l million cycles per second. So in roughly half a heartbeat, an 8 MHz machine will have scanned Us entire universe 4 million times — and found absolutely nothing to do. When you do give the poor, bored machine something to do, it's very likely to be a simple task — from the machine's viewpoint. Let's say your machine will sort a 300-name list of students alphabetically in one second. A faster machine might do it in a half-second. Your problem as a human is that you can't use time in increments of a half-second. Many home applications — word processing, home finance, telecommunications —are geared to the slowest part of the process. In many cases, that's you. On word processing, for example, your productivity is not Retirement plans not attractive to 66-year old student teacher HURST (AP) — When most of her contemporaries are planning retirement travels and hobbies, Roma Franks is on the brink of fulfilling a lifetime dream. Mrs. Franks, 66, completed her student teaching in ninth grade English this spring at Bedford Junior High. Her retirement after 28 years at LTV was just the opportunity she needed to enter Tarrant County Junior College and eventually earn an education degree from Texas Wesleyan College. "Ever since I was a child 1 wanted to be an English teacher," said the Hurst resident. "Then one day 1 decided to retire and do what I always wanted to do. n "1 thought it have been so long since I'd been in school, I couldn't learn anything," she said.-"So I told myself I'd take one course before 1 retired. "That was business math. It was as easy as jumping off a log," she laughed. "I figured if 1 could learn math, I could learn anything." When she entered TCJC, some instructors tried to talk her into becoming a teacher's aide because it took less time. That was somewhat discouraging, she said: . "Then my English professor i lyrtle Gray) told me I had the a )ility to go all the way," Mrs. Pranks said. "She really made the difference in my deciding to do this." Although she's committed to her new career, there are times when Mrs. Franks doubts all the effort. "People are always saying to me 'Why do that? You can't use it,'" Mrs. Franks said. "Many times I ask myself why I am so stupid to do this when I don't have to," Mrs. Franks said. "But you never know when you'll need something to fall back on." "It takes a lot of work and time and sacrifice," she said. In the beginning that sacrifice was a problem for her husband, Vernon, who retired two years ago. "At first he thought I'd lost my mind," Mrs. Franks said. "He didn't like it. He wanted us to travel. But when he realized it meant so much to me, he backed me up all the way." Entering education during its reform in Texas doesn't worry Mrs. Franks nearly as much as taking her certification exams in English, history and reading, she said. She expects to complete her work at Texas Wesleyan College by August. Mrs. Franks has a wait-and- see attitude about a teaching job next year, although she would prefer to be in the Mid-Cities if she does. She is a little hesitant about committing to a full day's worth of teaching for a year. "People can not even image what school teachers go through," Mrs. Franks said. "It's a hard, hard job. You're on your feet all the time. You're teacher and warden at the same time." But even if she gets discouraged, she still prefers the classroom to full retirement. "Really and truly I would rather be in there and cut up with (the students)," she said. "My husband says I just never grew up." TRY OUR DAILY SPECIALS! "Everything You're Hungry For" SOWCBUtCa Come By And Get One Of Our Texas Sesquicentennial Mugs TRY OUR HOMEMADE ONION RINGS FOOT LONG COMCY 99' TW.AWM. 0*7"*" B.M. 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That's not to say that high- speed central processing units (CPUs) aren't worthwhile. For complex calculations - including moving graphics, artificial intelligence, sophisticated financial modeling, computer- aided design and manufacturing and time-sharing by multiple users — the tasks are so enormous that speed pays off. But for most of us. life is very much in the slow lane and the only appreciable difference a faster machine will provide is a bigger dent in our budgets IBM-compatible shoppers who want to try an IBM PC-AT type machine for roughly :)0 percent less cost might want to take a look at the Tandy 3000. It lists at $2,599 with 512.000 characters of memory and one floppy drive- handling 1.2 million characters of storage. Or, you can shell out $3,59<J and get il with a 20 million- character hard disk drive. The monitor, which can cost up to S599, is extra So is the MS-DOS- BASlCDeskmate software package at another $99.95. Options let you expand memory to 640.000 characters and to have two floppy and one hard dMw, or two hard disks and one floppy. Tandy says * the machine to designed to use the XENIX i.O multiuser operating system, which will allow two to iix uecn to be using the machine at oaee from separate terminals. Clearly, it's not pegged at the home market, but here are some comments from Mary Sheehan, an Associated Press employee who took the machine for a test drive from the home-user's viewpoint: "No. the Tandy 3000 does not satisfy the criteria for the Perfect Computer But neither does the IBM PC-AT. which the Tandy is being promoted as operationally compatible with at 30 percent less cost. The keyboard is virtually identical to the AT's with 10 function keys and, unfortunately, a shared cursor control-numeric keypad. A larger Return key and LED indicators on the Cap Lock and Numeric Keypad Loclt keys are nice touches. 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