Robert Waldmann writes:
Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal: Memories... and Hard-Disk Space and Processor Speed: Brad your conclusion shows that you are a Mac user. I agree that the decrease in the rate utilisation of computing power is as amazing as the increase in computing power, but it is not the only thing.
For us Window's users the worsening in software is as amazing as the improvement in hardware. We own a 2 month old Toshiba Satellite M70-144 with a 1.86 GHz Pentium M, 512 Mb RAM 92 GB Hard Drive running Windows XP and a 22 year old original IBM PC "portable" with an Intel 8086 processor, RAM expanded to 640 kb and a 100 Mb hard drive added running DOS 3.1 and each is equally infuriatingly slow.
The Toshiba is actually portable and has a nice desk top and screen saver, but it takes just as long to wake up, vastly longer to shut down, and bugs me more often because it is too busy doing God knows what to accept input.
If you tell me to shut up, stop whining and buy a Mac, I will send you an e-mail with the svelt slim modern 61.658 Mb file "driver.cab" as an attachment. Disclaimer: I would of course do no such thing. I am not a cyber terrorist. NSA please take notice.
Yes! But all the wonderful spiffy new things your Toshiba can do! Like surf the web! And surf the web! And run STATA!