Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Nov 2012 23:40 UTC
Apple Another Apple-to-switch-Macs-to-ARM post. "Apple engineers have grown confident that the chip designs used for its mobile devices will one day be powerful enough to run its desktops and laptops, said three people with knowledge of the work, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are confidential. Apple began using Intel chips for Macs in 2005." No idea when Apple will make the switch, but they will do it. I'm thinking 5-10 year timeframe.
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zima
Member since:
2005-07-06

Around here I have a PC with Athlon XP 1700+ (1.46 GHz, but actually set to 1.1 GHz for hardware conservation purposes), an 11 year old CPU.

And you know what? It's still quite fine for the typical stuff (browsing, office, IM, basic media consumption), the idle thread takes ~90% of CPU time.
Though the machine has, yes, a bit more RAM than was typical in its heyday - 768 MiB. If it was dual CPU and with an SSD, I guess it would be very comfortable.

Speaking of dual - on my dual Pentium II 266 the largest "consumer" of CPU power is also the idle thread...

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I once heard a story about a programmer who had asked how to kill the idle thread, because it was taking up 99% CPU time(...).

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

It seems I just uncovered, here, some programmers who still have some moderately related issues with task manager: http://www.osnews.com/thread?541619 ;>

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