Burra Maluca wrote:
My son says that TeraCopy speeds things up pretty good.
He says he transferred 17 gigs from a local harddrive to an external harddrive in under 20 mins. I don't really know what all those words mean, but he thinks they're relevant and possibly of interest.
paul wheaton wrote:
I like the idea of learning a lot of this with somebody who already knows how. I might contact you to do that some. Especially with imovie. I already have the raw footage of a simple movie to work with. And I have a raw podcast to process too.
travis laduke wrote:
I think looking at the memory usage is a red herring. In general, on modern OSes, if there is unused RAM sitting around, some program will claim it, but if the program is not actually using it (the ram), and another program needs it, the program will give it over.
Not to defend windows... All those updates, to the os and adobe and java... it;'s like a full time job keeping up. And having automatic updates mysteriously turn on is annoying and unsettling.
If you don't want to putz around with computer stuff, And you don't need some windows only program, And you don't mind spending a little extra, get the mac.
Install Linux on your PC first though. I installed ubuntu on my sister in law's laptop after she got a million viruses and it all Just Worked and she hasn't called me back to fix anything since. Here's one I haven't tried, but is for video/audio editing...
ps i'm on a different linux distro right now using 345MB out of 4gig =p
paul wheaton wrote:
A couple of months ago I bought a PC from costco. My primary reason was that when you return something within 90 days they say "do you want that in twenties?"
Quad core. 8 gigs of memory.
Lots of problems.
When I would start up my IBM thinkpad (purchased in 2004) with 2 gigs of memory, XP would use 160 megs and then it was ready for action. When I would started my Lenovo thinkpad (purchased in 200 with 2 gigs of memory, XP (plus lenovo bullshit) would use 650 megs. When I installed windows 7 it was the same story. With this new laptop, windws 7 starts with 1.6 gigs of memory in use.
When idle, two of the processors are running at 50% and the other two at 10%.
It loses mouse clicks. I find myself often waiting for the computer to catch up. Sometimes the mouse sticks.
I'm doing a lot with videos and podcasts and about 15% the computer decides that something else is more important so my playback is stuttered and screwed up.
Then somebody said something the other day that I found very persuasive, if it is true: when the time comes to write the video to disk (a very CPU/memory intensive thing), if you have a mac with 1 gig of memory and an old processor, it could take fifteen minutes to fill a DVD. And if you have a PC with 8 gigs and quad core super processors, it will take hours.
This PC has shut down to install stuff in the middle of me working on things - I suspect to update something. And lose 50 windows of saved firefox pages and documents. It pops up advertising crap in the middle of my work that it thinks is important. A power user friend stopped by, I complained - he spent ALL DAY trying to fix a lot of this crap and probably made a 10% dent.
I feel I am getting trained to tolerate this crap in order to get my stuff done. I hear that the 15 inch mac is $1800. My new PC is $1000. So I suppose I could return that and then the mac is $800 more.
If all of the headaches go away and are not replaced by a bunch of different headaches ... PLUS everything works faster and smoother even though there is less memory, then the extra cost is worth it.
Can anyone validate what I was told?