Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Apr 2007 10:05 UTC, submitted by AdministratorX
Windows Apple's new 'Stuffed' commercial pokes fun at preinstalled applications - better known as craplets - loaded up on new Windows PCs. Apple isn't alone in the craplet disdain. Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg wrote columns on April 5 and April 12 about the craplet dilemma. Mossberg identified two problems: "One is the plethora of teaser software and advertisements for products that must be cleared and uninstalled to make way for your own stuff. The second is the confusing welter of security programs you have to master and update, even on a virgin machine."
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RE: Recent PC Purchase
by r3m0t on Thu 19th Apr 2007 09:47 UTC in reply to "Recent PC Purchase"
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"my system was using a whooping 668MB ram??? with 72 processes running. "

Unused RAM is wasted RAM. Some of that RAM was probably used as caching/preloading for applications you /might/ decide to load. If you need that RAM for something else, it frees up immediately.

"I left it for 1hr thinking it was doing some beagle like indexing, but it never changed."

Because obviously indexing can never take any longer than an hour, right? ...No.


You only show the problem of people looking at system usage statistics without knowing what they really represent. If 1GB of RAM was not enough, the computer would be slow to load new applications. You don't mention that it was. If it acts responsive and fast, why do you care how many processes it's running? A process costs almost nothing if it isn't taking CPU (and I guarantee that not more than 10 processes wanted the CPU at any point in time).

You remind me of those old programs that claim to "speed up" Windows. For example, they would send a Windows API call to free up some RAM, and Windows would de-allocate some RAM that it had allocated to applications "just in case they would want to use it". Of course, as soon as an application wanted to use the RAM, it would re-allocate and (gasp!) the RAM was back to 80% use again! Oh no!

A similar case is deleting the "Prefetch" files as "cruft". The prefetch files actually speed up your computer.


In summary, stop looking at system statistics you can no longer interpret accurately and talk about how fast the system actually is.

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