PC World has a treatise on “good enough” computing. This isn’t actually a new trend but it’s never stood still for as long as it has now.
I saw a story on one of my train boards today that illustrates just how much the world has changed since 1923.
This story came from the 1950 book Messrs. Ives of Bridgeport, by Louis H. Hertz.
Antivirus software is the worst culprit in PC slowdowns. I am not alone in this belief. I don’t suggest going without (not completely) but it’s certainly possible to save lots of money, eliminate subscriptions, eliminate most of the overhead, and still practice (relatively) safe computing while running Windows.
Use Clamwin, the Windows version of ClamAV, and don’t engage in risky behavior (more on that later).
There’s advice flying around the ‘net today about how much energy we save by shutting PCs off when they’re not in use.
Having widely dispensed the advice to leave PCs on all the time (but I’ve been saying for 15 years to turn monitors off), let me be the contrarian and talk about the counterpoint.
OK, it’s official. Intel has conquered one of the last holdouts: Soon you’ll be able to buy a Pentium-powered Mac.
Of course there are lots of questions now.
Where to find the stuff has almost all changed, and msot of the old utilities don’t work anymore, but these are exactly the same concepts I yammered on and on about. Funny, I’ve been told system optimization is a waste of time…
David Huff asked today about scanners, and I started to reply as a comment but decided it was too long-winded and ought to be a separate discussion.
So, how does one cut through the hype and get a really good scanner for not a lot of money?
Intel has announced it’s scrapping its 4 GHz P4. That’s a big turnaround.
Microsoft has released its Virtual Server product, aimed at VMWare. Price is an aggressive $499.
I have mixed feelings about it.
I read an editorial at Tom’s Hardware
Bribe this morning that struck me as a bit unusual. Not only did it not mention Quake once (or Doom or whatever the FPS flavor of the week is today), it didn’t mention overclocking, and it wasn’t especially excited about AMD and Intel’s new CPU releases today.