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(Fark)   Question for computer nerds: Compared to my first computer, my current computer has a CPU that's over 300 times faster and has 500 times more memory and storage. So WHY DOES EVERYTHING STILL TAKE JUST AS LONG?   (fark.com) divider line 394
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2012-07-11 01:29:55 PM
Your computer has more to do now.
 
2012-07-11 01:30:55 PM
I am betting it doesn't take as long. You've just trained yourself to be an increasingly impatient bastard.
 
2012-07-11 01:30:57 PM
Two words:
Micro Soft
 
2012-07-11 01:31:05 PM
because you used to touch yourself at night. now you can't keep your hands off your junk.
 
2012-07-11 01:31:10 PM
You're full of spyware from all the porn sites you surf without protection, you filthy animal.
 
2012-07-11 01:31:31 PM
because it isn't just running one tiny application anymore.

Likewise because of the advances in memory\cpu\storage, people don't need to code as tight as they used to.
 
2012-07-11 01:31:38 PM
Because you need to upgrade your dial-up Juno connection.
 
2012-07-11 01:33:43 PM

Quasar: Your computer has more to do now.


This. It's like biatching about how a tank of gas doesn't take you any farther after you upgraded to an H2.
 
2012-07-11 01:33:43 PM

dopeydwarf: You're full of spyware from all the porn sites you surf without protection, you filthy animal.


Yup, basically this. Get an iPad for your dirty deeds.
 
2012-07-11 01:33:48 PM
Because it's still just a magical gnome inside of the box who does all of the actual processing. Give the gnome some damn time to do his job!
 
2012-07-11 01:33:57 PM
Feature creep, combined with misremembering the past.
 
2012-07-11 01:34:34 PM

Quasar: Your computer has more to do now.


Also B, you have another bottleneck somewhere else. Possibly hard drive read/write speed.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2012-07-11 01:34:35 PM
You're not getting enough electricity to power it. Upgrade with 2 more hamsters.. and for fark's sake, try to treat them differently than you do the gerbils.
 
2012-07-11 01:35:46 PM

Noticeably F.A.T.: Quasar: Your computer has more to do now.

This. It's like biatching about how a tank of gas doesn't take you any farther after you upgraded to an H2.


I'll bet submitter was running Windows 95 prior to this.
 
2012-07-11 01:36:13 PM

Shakespeare's Monkey: dopeydwarf: You're full of spyware from all the porn sites you surf without protection, you filthy animal.

Yup, basically this. Get an iPad for your dirty deeds.


I swear my ipad has gotten really slow lately. I even restored the thing. I'm sort of going into tin hat land and thinking that apple is intentionally slowing down the 1st gen ones to get me to upgrade.
 
2012-07-11 01:36:17 PM
This is like a fat guy complaining that his pants are as tight as they were when he was skinny.
 
2012-07-11 01:36:37 PM
I blame lazy ass web developers.

The things that seems to give my computer the most hangups are websites that think they have to act like full featured apps.
 
2012-07-11 01:39:42 PM
It is faster. You're just used to it.
 
2012-07-11 01:40:04 PM

LineNoise: I swear my ipad has gotten really slow lately. I even restored the thing. I'm sort of going into tin hat land and thinking that apple is intentionally slowing down the 1st gen ones to get me to upgrade.


I noticed my phone started suddenly getting really sh*tty about the time Verizon called to tell me I was eligible for my free upgrade. I'm beginning to think it's all a scam.
 
2012-07-11 01:41:28 PM
This was my first system. You Commodore folks were barbarians.

i121.photobucket.com

i121.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-11 01:42:13 PM

Quasar: Your computer has more to do now.


This.

The first PC I ever used was a 286 running DOS. It doesn't take too much to run a command line interface, text based everything, and 256 color graphics at 640x480 resolution.

It takes quite a bit more to push a full graphical interface with transparent elements at high resolution while running several other programs at once while also maintaining constant connectivity with various outside servers.

If you could manage to run JUST what that first computer did (assuming the OS and programs are even compatible), it would farking FLY.
 
2012-07-11 01:44:10 PM
Oh admins, you so crazy!
 
2012-07-11 01:44:32 PM
I'll say this, though... I downloaded Ultima IV for free from gog, and it is a lot faster than it was on my old Atari.

/ still cool, too
 
2012-07-11 01:44:33 PM

Aarontology: This is like a fat guy complaining that his pants are as tight as they were when he was skinny.


Wut?
 
2012-07-11 01:45:07 PM

Raging Thespian: Because it's still just a magical gnome inside of the box who does all of the actual processing. Give the gnome some damn time to do his job!


I thought it was magic smoke. As longs as the magic smoke is contained in the computer, it works fine. Once you let the magic smoke out, then you have problems.
 
2012-07-11 01:45:16 PM
We told you 640KB of memory was enough, but you wouldn't listen.
 
2012-07-11 01:45:34 PM

akula: Quasar: Your computer has more to do now.

This.

The first PC I ever used was a 286 running DOS. It doesn't take too much to run a command line interface, text based everything, and 256 color graphics at 640x480 resolution.

It takes quite a bit more to push a full graphical interface with transparent elements at high resolution while running several other programs at once while also maintaining constant connectivity with various outside servers.

If you could manage to run JUST what that first computer did (assuming the OS and programs are even compatible), it would farking FLY.


Someone should do this on speed tests/reviews. It would be fun to see how many fps the new video cards can push Doom or Wolfenstein 3d to.
 
2012-07-11 01:45:45 PM

akula: Quasar: Your computer has more to do now.

This.

The first PC I ever used was a 286 running DOS. It doesn't take too much to run a command line interface, text based everything, and 256 color graphics at 640x480 resolution.

It takes quite a bit more to push a full graphical interface with transparent elements at high resolution while running several other programs at once while also maintaining constant connectivity with various outside servers.

If you could manage to run JUST what that first computer did (assuming the OS and programs are even compatible), it would farking FLY.


Haha, this. Go play some super old DOS game. Watch as all of the animations are insanely fast, everything moves way too fast for your mind to even comprehend what is going on. It's actually kind of funny.

I was playing one game on DOSbox, and even when I had the CPU speed turned down to 1%, the game was still unplayable amounts of fast. Then again, I have a mid-high grade i7, so...yeah. Still, I couldn't play the dumb thing because it was just too fast.
 
2012-07-11 01:45:56 PM

Aarontology: This is like a fat guy complaining that his pants are as tight as they were when he was skinny.


Silly man.

Fat people wear sweats with elastic waists.
 
2012-07-11 01:46:10 PM
umm.. were you even AROUND back in the days of dialup BBSes? seven minutes to download a single sexy jpg? squee'd your pants creamy when mom bought you a 28.8 modem? i mean that shiat was awesome but DON'T pretend it isn't any better than it was in '95.
 
2012-07-11 01:47:16 PM
there are 7 billion more of you than before ...
 
2012-07-11 01:48:16 PM

Shakespeare's Monkey: Wut?


Well, the guy may have bigger pants (a more powerful computer) than he did years ago, but they're still tight because there's a lot more of him (more intensive tasks for the computer to do)

Timanous: Silly man.

Fat people wear sweats with elastic waists.


Yeah, if they want to be formal.
 
2012-07-11 01:48:31 PM
I mean. When I first played Space Quest IV, the game after which I am so fark handled, it came in a box containing six 3.5" installation disks. which means the entire game took up less than 10mb of space it the damn thing took twenty minutes to install.

methinks you are not using your remembering brain parts.
 
2012-07-11 01:48:48 PM

InfamousBLT: Haha, this. Go play some super old DOS game. Watch as all of the animations are insanely fast, everything moves way too fast for your mind to even comprehend what is going on. It's actually kind of funny.


Many years ago I was talking to a guy, reminiscing about old computer games. I remarked how I liked the Test Drive series (especially TD2), but TD3 was unplayable on that 286... it ran, but only at something like 4 or 8 frames/second. He said he played the same game on a 386 and it ran properly, but on a 486 it just was way too fast for you to react.

We don't often go back and dust off old games from generations past, but yeah, when one does so the result is something that's really moving along.
 
2012-07-11 01:48:49 PM
The heck? It's gone green? This one? There isn't even any poop in this thread.

BRACE FOR IMPACT
 
2012-07-11 01:49:03 PM
The weirdness with Windows 7 is that it takes freaking forever to shut down.

Used to be computers would take a long time to boot up, they solved that, now most computers boot up quickly. But shutting down is like a 20 minute process.
 
2012-07-11 01:49:15 PM

Shakespeare's Monkey: Aarontology: This is like a fat guy complaining that his pants are as tight as they were when he was skinny.

Wut?


I.e. when the guy was skinny, his pants were the size necessary to fit him. When he was fatter, his pants were bigger in order to sit exactly the same way. So they fit the same at each time but the size changed.
 
2012-07-11 01:49:28 PM

Hyperbolic Hyperbole: umm.. were you even AROUND back in the days of dialup BBSes? seven minutes to download a single sexy jpg? squee'd your pants creamy when mom bought you a 28.8 modem? i mean that shiat was awesome but DON'T pretend it isn't any better than it was in '95.


Or the days of Napster where you'd queue up 3 songs right before you went to bed and if you were lucky you'd at least get one downloaded before it kicked you offline...

Not that I ever downloaded illegal music... 'cause I didn't... Unless the statute of limitations is over, in which case I probably did.
 
2012-07-11 01:50:14 PM
Random access time. It's all about the random access time on your HDD/SSD.
 
2012-07-11 01:50:15 PM

Hyperbolic Hyperbole: I mean. When I first played Space Quest IV, the game after which I am so fark handled, it came in a box containing six 3.5" installation disks. which means the entire game took up less than 10mb of space it the damn thing took twenty minutes to install.


And honestly, can you say some new game with a gigantor 4 GB install is actually that much more fun than those old games? I don't think so
 
2012-07-11 01:50:22 PM

akula: InfamousBLT: Haha, this. Go play some super old DOS game. Watch as all of the animations are insanely fast, everything moves way too fast for your mind to even comprehend what is going on. It's actually kind of funny.

Many years ago I was talking to a guy, reminiscing about old computer games. I remarked how I liked the Test Drive series (especially TD2), but TD3 was unplayable on that 286... it ran, but only at something like 4 or 8 frames/second. He said he played the same game on a 386 and it ran properly, but on a 486 it just was way too fast for you to react.

We don't often go back and dust off old games from generations past, but yeah, when one does so the result is something that's really moving along.


I recall tales of one game (I don't remember the name, and I have never played it), but it was a chess game. For some reason, the difficulty of the game increased with the processing power. So, the faster computer you had, the harder the game was.

Apparently it is unplayable on modern computers by anyone except chess geniuses, because they didn't put a cap on the difficulty.
 
2012-07-11 01:51:39 PM

InfamousBLT: I recall tales of one game (I don't remember the name, and I have never played it), but it was a chess game. For some reason, the difficulty of the game increased with the processing power. So, the faster computer you had, the harder the game was.

Apparently it is unplayable on modern computers by anyone except chess geniuses, because they didn't put a cap on the difficulty.


brilliant.
 
2012-07-11 01:51:42 PM
I want to go play Police Quest now.

Dammit...
 
2012-07-11 01:52:28 PM

Ponzholio: Or the days of Napster where you'd queue up 3 songs right before you went to bed and if you were lucky you'd at least get one downloaded before it kicked you offline...


I actually bought an album off of Amazon in the last week (because the Amazon coupon website gave a free three bucks so lol $3 album so I guess I didn't *really* buy anything) and the album I bought was classical songs played in movies. 100 songs, $3, over a gig of data, ten hours of music. It was done downloading by the time I'd taken all the groceries inside.

So yeah. Stuff it, subby.
 
2012-07-11 01:53:07 PM

thejoyofpi: InfamousBLT: I recall tales of one game (I don't remember the name, and I have never played it), but it was a chess game. For some reason, the difficulty of the game increased with the processing power. So, the faster computer you had, the harder the game was.

Apparently it is unplayable on modern computers by anyone except chess geniuses, because they didn't put a cap on the difficulty.

brilliant.


Have you tried to play the original Oregon Trail on a current computer? The end where you have to navigate the river to reach Oregon is f*cking impossible...
 
2012-07-11 01:54:21 PM

Hyperbolic Hyperbole: umm.. were you even AROUND back in the days of dialup BBSes? seven minutes to download a single sexy jpg? squee'd your pants creamy when mom bought you a 28.8 modem? i mean that shiat was awesome but DON'T pretend it isn't any better than it was in '95.


Pfft. I squeed when we got a 4800. Finally, the lines of text didn't scroll across on the BBS, but popped up line by line.
 
2012-07-11 01:54:24 PM

Ponzholio: Have you tried to play the original Oregon Trail on a current computer? The end where you have to navigate the river to reach Oregon is f*cking impossible...


hahaha my next post was going to be about how the oxen are hauling f*cking ass to Oregon these days
 
2012-07-11 01:55:06 PM
Look Subby, back in the day you downloaded low res jpegs of nekkid wimmens, today Bit Torrenting Hi-Def Donkey Porn sucks up a lot of bandwidth and CPU cycles. Be thankful you can do it at all, in my day we had to road trip to Tijuana to see Donkey Porn.
 
2012-07-11 01:55:42 PM

Ponzholio: thejoyofpi: InfamousBLT: I recall tales of one game (I don't remember the name, and I have never played it), but it was a chess game. For some reason, the difficulty of the game increased with the processing power. So, the faster computer you had, the harder the game was.

Apparently it is unplayable on modern computers by anyone except chess geniuses, because they didn't put a cap on the difficulty.

brilliant.

Have you tried to play the original Oregon Trail on a current computer? The end where you have to navigate the river to reach Oregon is f*cking impossible...


No, but now I want to try! I loved Oregon Trail
 
2012-07-11 01:58:40 PM

InfamousBLT: Ponzholio: thejoyofpi: InfamousBLT: I recall tales of one game (I don't remember the name, and I have never played it), but it was a chess game. For some reason, the difficulty of the game increased with the processing power. So, the faster computer you had, the harder the game was.

Apparently it is unplayable on modern computers by anyone except chess geniuses, because they didn't put a cap on the difficulty.

brilliant.

Have you tried to play the original Oregon Trail on a current computer? The end where you have to navigate the river to reach Oregon is f*cking impossible...

No, but now I want to try! I loved Oregon Trail


Remind me of solitaire. Back in the early windows days it would take a minute+ for all the decks to empty after you won. The last time I did it I think it was like a half a second. I'm not sure if the timing has been updated in windows 7/vista.
 
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