Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sat 19th Feb 2011 10:24 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Okay, source material is more than 10 years old so this is not exactly news, but I think it's interesting anyway. This BeOS promotional video is a good reminder of how powerful modern hardware truly is, what hardware should be needed for light computer use, and how laughable modern desktop&mobile OSs are as far as performance is concerned. Here are part 1 and part 2 on YouTube.
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OSbunny
Member since:
2009-05-23

Yes I agree. Last year I switched from a pentium 4 with 512MB RAM to a core2duo with 4GB RAM. My p4 would slow to a crawl when I had a lot of tabs open in Firefox. Once I switched to the newer PC I understood exactly why. Firefox alone takes up about 512MB of RAM!

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Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

Firefox alone takes up about 512MB of RAM!

How do you know that?

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Simply bumping the RAM in the P4 system to 4 GB would have sped things up *a lot*.

It's amazing how many people replace perfectly working systems with new systems, when all they really need is a RAM upgrade. I see this a lot at work. People complain about a slow Windows XP system and put in a PO for a new computer. While working on something else, I notice they only have 512 MB of RAM, so I bump it up to 2 GB for them. They think they have a brand new PC!!

The most important item in a PC is the amount of RAM. Don't skimp on it. Just because the OS lists "512 MB RAM minimum" doesn't mean you can actually use the system for anything with only 512 MB RAM installed.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Heh, we tried that on the Win2k laptop which I used during an internship... And you know what ?

In the McAfee vs RAM upgrade fight, McAfee still wins ^^' It's just impressive : that PC runs perfectly smoothly all the time, even when doing some intensive computation, unless McAfee starts to do something.

Edited 2011-02-21 08:44 UTC

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