Linked by Kroc Camen on Fri 25th Dec 2009 14:15 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes At the end of the year, mainly to shamelessly fill slow news around the holidays, OSNews usually asks the readers to share with all the other readers something about their computer setup. Since OSNews can be quite diverse when it comes to computing environments, these threads can often be quite interesting. This year, please chime in with the setup you use to read OSNews - computer, OS, software and maybe even provide screenshots or photos of your proud workspace. Has it changed a lot this year? Maybe switched browser, maybe switched OS even? Let everybody know!
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My Setup
by shadowhand on Fri 25th Dec 2009 14:30 UTC
shadowhand
Member since:
2005-07-06

My setup is: Macbook Pro, OSX 10.6. Boring... but the interesting part is that I just switched to using an Intel X25M SSD. My reason for switching was primarily for travel, to protect the hard drive against the constant vibration of airplanes, baggage handlers, and people bumping me in cafes.

15" Mackbook Pro: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2x2GB Crucial DDR3 RAM, 80GB Intel X25M SSD, and a Kingston Microsaver DS and Orbicle Undercover to keep it secure.

I also started using Arch Linux (again) this year as my hosting OS, via Slicehost. Stability has been terrific and I have been really pleased with the experience.

Edited 2009-12-25 14:33 UTC

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RE: My Setup
by Kroc on Fri 25th Dec 2009 14:34 in reply to "My Setup"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

How have you found the SSD? Have you noticed any major degradation in performance over time? This has been my biggest concern ATM with SSDs is that OSes are not generally properly primed for SSDs and neither is the technology smart enough for now to handle a foreseeable long lifespan (like that of an HDD).

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RE[2]: My Setup
by shadowhand on Fri 25th Dec 2009 22:02 in reply to "RE: My Setup"
shadowhand Member since:
2005-07-06

I have only been using the SSD for a short period of time, so I can't comment on performance degradation. However, it is my understanding that Intel's controller is programmed to minimize the effects of long term use. OSX doesn't support TRIM yet, but if/when it does, I'm sure the performance will be even better.

The biggest performance hit seems to come from overwriting data, eg after deleting large files, the writes will take slightly longer as the newly-deleted data is overwritten.

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