The laptop that I was bitch-slapped for using had one problem: it came with only 512MB of memory. In my mind that's laughable. This is 2005!
I can't imagine using a modern computer with less than 1GB of ram. When you factor in Thunderbird, Firefox, Emacs, two IM clients, Office Apps, PuTTY, the Gimp, and the various other stuff I run daily, it's not difficult to see why.
Windows likes memory.
Come to think of it, what doesn't? My Powerbook as 1GB. My Linux box has 1GB. My Windows desktop has 2GB. Most of my co-located servers have more than 1GB.
So I got an upgrade this morning to 1GB and, as expected, it has made a world of difference. No more swapping mid-way through the day. As the tech guy was doing the swap, I commented on how most of the time people who want a "faster" computer simply need more memory. He confirmed that a RAM upgrade often does the trick.
Consider this my public service announcement for the day.
Posted by jzawodn at February 14, 2005 05:11 PM