There’s sort of a creed in the technoid world that folks have a tendency to just want faster and faster machinery, even when that is not really warranted. Many people spend zillions of dollars on machines that spend most of their time running screensavers or playing Solitaire.
I’m always keeping an eye on ‘am i just wanting new equipment just because it’s sexy? or do I really need it’? Well, I think I hit my limit on this laptop.
I’m using it for everything. It’s my desktop machine when i’m at home (it sits in a dock), it’s my mobile machine when I’m around the house, and when I go off to work offsite.
Working on CONGO at home has made this my primary development platform as well. Today I think I’ve pushed the machine over it’s limit. It’s running slowly, things are taking time to come up, and I’m swapping out to disk a lot. This has started to impact my work, and at that point, I have to say ‘It’s not just that I like something faster. This is starting to be a problem.’
Course, the neat thing is, only 2 years ago, folks would have considered this a decent platform. The laptop is:
- An IBM Thinkpad T-20
512meg RAM, 6gig HD
1024×768 display (onboard as well as on external monitor
Not bad, right? But here’s what I run all at once, and yes, I use all of these…
- Redhat Linux – release 9.0
- KDE – Desktop environment
- Evolution – email and PIM application
- Firefox – web browser
- DB Visualizer -SQL database client
- VIM text editor
- X-Chat IRC client
- XMMS Streaming audio / MP3 player
- PSI – Jabber client
Those are the desktop apps. Then I also have running…
And, for the most part, it all works quite well, but occasionally it just starts coughing and slowling down. The larger apps (Evolution, Firefox, and DbVisualizer) are taking up the lions share of use, but would be fine if I weren’t running a zillion other things as well.
Ah well. I have, waiting in the wings, another laptop with a > 1gig CPU in it, but I spent weeks getting THIS machine up to speed, not looking forward to starting over again.