Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Fri 15th Apr 2011 10:24 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Ever since iPhoneOS (now iOS) has been released, there's an old fight going on about how multitasking should work on personal computers, and more specially what should happen to applications which are put in the background. Some advocate that they should be dipped in virtual liquid nitrogen and stop doing anything, like on iOS, which others advocate that they should continue to run in the background, like on desktop OSs. What about putting a little more flexibility in there?
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Comment by olafg
by olafg on Fri 15th Apr 2011 11:07 UTC
olafg
Member since:
2010-05-27

Actually multitasking cause a drop in productivity

But... iOS does actually multitask, and the app writer can make it run in the background. You cannot make openGL calls while runnning in the background, but that is a reasonable restriction.

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RE: Comment by olafg
by Neolander on Fri 15th Apr 2011 11:15 in reply to "Comment by olafg"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Actually multitasking cause a drop in productivity

For the user, doing several things at once can indeed have this effect.

However, we are talking about what the machine, not its user, is doing. There's a difference. As an example, most mobile OSs feature a way to play a game while you're downloading a big mail attachment in the background. How are such background processes which do not directly interact with the user until their completion reducing its productivity, if handled right ?

But... iOS does actually multitask, and the app writer can make it run in the background. You cannot make openGL calls while runnning in the background, but that is a reasonable restriction.

This isn't what I've read : http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3003245/does-ios-4-make-real-mul...

Edited 2011-04-15 11:23 UTC

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RE: Comment by olafg
by Radio on Fri 15th Apr 2011 13:41 in reply to "Comment by olafg"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Actually multitasking cause a drop in productivity
What if I monotask with several applications at once?

I may need to have an IM chat while looking at old emails and a spreadsheet. Is my productivity better by forcing me to go back to the home screen every friggin time and displaying only one window?

(On small screens such as the iPhone's, ok, but on the iPad...)

Anyway, from the same author: http://theosperiment.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/touchscreens-the-most...
Gruber et al. may laugh, but the more I think about it, the more I wonder if the iPhone and iPad fad is more than a bubble... Wild expectations, meh products accepted without much criticism and everybody racing like lemmings to THE FUTURE...

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RE: Comment by olafg
by WereCatf on Fri 15th Apr 2011 18:12 in reply to "Comment by olafg"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Actually multitasking cause a drop in productivity


You cannot state it as a simple, all-covering fact when it's not such. For example I personally can concentrate better if I am listening to music at the same time, which obviously falls into multitasking - category.

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RE[2]: Comment by olafg
by testman on Sat 16th Apr 2011 02:49 in reply to "RE: Comment by olafg"
testman Member since:
2007-10-15

Not surprising. Women are better at multi-tasking than men.

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