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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 77
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2012-07-11 01:29:55 PM
11 votes:
Your computer has more to do now.
2012-07-11 01:30:55 PM
9 votes:
I am betting it doesn't take as long. You've just trained yourself to be an increasingly impatient bastard.
2012-07-11 01:31:31 PM
8 votes:
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 01:33:57 PM
7 votes:
Feature creep, combined with misremembering the past.
2012-07-11 01:59:49 PM
5 votes:

Quasar: Your computer has more to do now.


This is the long and short of it.

Not only is your computer doing more, but your developers are doing less. Back in the day, when hardware constraints were exceedingly tight, developers were forced to develop within those constraints. This was very expensive- it requires much more developer time to write highly optimized code that spares memory and CPU and disk space. Developer time is expensive. CPU time is very cheap.
2012-07-11 01:42:13 PM
5 votes:

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 01:36:37 PM
5 votes:
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 01:31:10 PM
4 votes:
You're full of spyware from all the porn sites you surf without protection, you filthy animal.
2012-07-11 01:30:57 PM
4 votes:
Two words:
Micro Soft
2012-07-11 03:24:57 PM
3 votes:
Two words: Code Bloat

Too many programmers suck these days. They have more CPU cycles, so they use them. They have more memory, so they use it. Memory leak? Pffft, who cares. Garbage collect? Java does that for me. Multi-thread a task? What you talkin' about?

/first computer: TRS-80 Model 1
2012-07-11 02:48:10 PM
3 votes:
THEN: It used to take 70 minutes to burn an audio CD from .wav files (any faster and you'd get buffer underruns which would corrupt the audio).
NOW: An audio CD takes 3 minutes (or less) to burn. And the buffers were huge.

THEN: a 640x480 picture took up your ENTIRE SCREEN, why the hell did you make your images that big.
NOW: 640x480 pictures (of chicks in bikinis) aren't even worth downloading (does this come in a larger size).

THEN: Holy shiat, 3D
dl.openhandhelds.org

NOW: Holy shiat, 3D
8bitalliance.com

THEN: that 640x480 picture would take you a second to download (like that 640x464 image I posted above, which is 49KB)
NOW: that 640x480 picture ... will still take you a second to download (because TCP overhead that's why) but you can download about 50+ other 640x480 pictures in that same second.

THEN: No tabbed browsing, not much in the way of plugins, barely any javascript, etc.
upload.wikimedia.org

NOW:
lordargent.com
2012-07-11 02:37:47 PM
3 votes:
The problem is that your computer doesn't have a "Turbo" button:
4.bp.blogspot.com
From 33 mhz, to a blistering 66 mhz!!!
2012-07-11 01:50:22 PM
3 votes:

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 01:49:03 PM
3 votes:
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 01:36:13 PM
3 votes:

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 01:33:43 PM
3 votes:

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 02:55:05 PM
2 votes:
Your computer always seems to be about as fast, no matter the internals, because the problem is you, not the computer.

Even with a clean OS install, most people will gradually expand their computing habits to fill the available resources.
It's just a thing they do. They keep piling shiat on and leaving shiat running, until things tip over the line of "it's now annoyingly slow".

Then they'll close some stuff, delete some stuff, uninstall some stuff -- but only *just* enough that they cross back over the line and get back to a place where they don't find the delays too annoying. Then they slowly expand again, become annoyed again, shrink back down again and repeat. Just ping-pong-ing back and forth across the annoyance threshold.

Different people have different subjective points for where the annoyance kicks in, but the basic behavior seems pretty universal.
2012-07-11 02:45:54 PM
2 votes:

offmymeds: 1. Wipe drive

2. Reload OS

3. Install decent anti-virus/spyware (e.g. AVG)

4. Get Adblock Plus


AVG is soooo 2010. Microsoft Security Essentials is where it's at now.
2012-07-11 02:40:26 PM
2 votes:
Subby, your question is about to be answered.
Now please insert floppy #11 and follow the on screen instructions.
2012-07-11 02:34:45 PM
2 votes:
Nothing was more tedious than holding the computer microphone up to the tape player to install the great Dragon Maze. That was pretty slow, considering you had to go through the code later to fix all the syntax errors that the mic created. Good times...
2012-07-11 01:50:14 PM
2 votes:
Random access time. It's all about the random access time on your HDD/SSD.
2012-07-11 01:41:28 PM
2 votes:
This was my first system. You Commodore folks were barbarians.

i121.photobucket.com

i121.photobucket.com
2012-07-11 01:40:04 PM
2 votes:

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 01:36:17 PM
2 votes:
This is like a fat guy complaining that his pants are as tight as they were when he was skinny.
2012-07-11 01:34:34 PM
2 votes:

Quasar: Your computer has more to do now.


Also B, you have another bottleneck somewhere else. Possibly hard drive read/write speed.
2012-07-11 01:33:48 PM
2 votes:
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 01:31:38 PM
2 votes:
Because you need to upgrade your dial-up Juno connection.
2012-07-11 01:31:05 PM
2 votes:
because you used to touch yourself at night. now you can't keep your hands off your junk.
2012-07-12 07:10:46 AM
1 votes:
Why?

1. Bad developers who are using higher level programming languages than they were 20 years ago with no "need" to optimize your code (because you paid for a faster processor).
2. Too many running apps (look into your taskbar and at running programs). Ironically the same bad developers decided that their apps ran slightly faster if they were up and running in memory constantly even if it meant they were using the overall memory sub-optimally.
3. Rotational disk speeds haven't increased in *forever*. Seriously... 15000 RPM is the fastest most people get who spend a lot of money these days have and this hasn't changed in years. Most home users have a 5400 RPM SATA disk which is incredibly slow. RAID addresses this, but only to a certain extent.

What to do to fix this?

1. Uninstall crap programs you don't use (this is a free speed boost)
2. Add more memory (99.9% of the time this makes people think their computer runs like it did the day they bought it). In Windows, if you want an idea of how much memory you use... Leave your computer on and open all the apps you normally do... Leave it on for a few days at least (in case some idiot developer didn't fix a memory leak in their app). Bring up the task manager and look at the performance tab. Read under "Commit Charge (K)" where it says "Peak"... Buy this much RAM and you'll have everything in memory all of the time. -Remember this figure is in Kilobytes.
3. Buy a solid state hard drive. -I can't emphasize how much this will help 99.9% of all computer operations. Even if you don't have enough memory, the SSD will make up for that by lowering load times, increasing bandwidth and random read of files from disk. -A lot of people will buy one and replace the hard drive in an old laptop only to think they are using a new laptop.

The above will help with most of what you are looking to do.. The only other upgrade that is worth it is a better video card (but if you need one for gaming or video editing, you already know this, most normal users can get by with on-board video).

And of course, get a faster internet connection.
2012-07-11 11:18:48 PM
1 votes:
sseye: I dont buy this shiat about programmers sucking these days. They always sucked.

As a programmer, I have to say that the line between good and suck is not clearly defined at all.

Even with a single programmer, they could write awesome code on one project, but on another project, write sucky code (for one reason or another, didn't get enough sleep the night before, someone was bothering them while they were writing the code, wife left them, etc).

So the question is, where do you draw the line?

I don't think there's any argument that someone that writes decent code only 10% of the time sucks. But what about 60%, 80%, 90%?

// I personally think a true test of good vs bad programmer is if they can catch themselves writing bad code. IE they write code, come back and look at it the next day and go "WTF was I doing" and then correct it.

// how many dedicated code reviewers do you put on a project. You have dedicated code reviewers don't you? Neither do I, and that sucks :(
2012-07-11 06:52:47 PM
1 votes:

RichieLaw: weiserfireman: JohnnyC: Egoy3k: My PC is super fast. Honestly the coolest (IMO) "new" tech are SSDs essentially your OS runs as if it were completely loaded into RAM, which is pretty sweet.

SSDs are extremely nice to have. :)

I have four windows 7 pcs at work with SSDs in them. They take 22 seconds from power on, to ready to login. the Users had them for 3 months before I started getting "they aren't as fast as they used to be". Luckily I benchmarked them. They were still taking exactly the same amount of time to do everything. The user's perception had changed.

Sounds like typical users.

/Stupid users.


22 seconds on a SSD, what the hell?

From cold boot to usable and chrome open on my box w/ a i5 3570k + m3 Crucial SSD takes between 5 and 6 seconds... (with chrome set to open on startup)
2012-07-11 05:19:24 PM
1 votes:
OOP & Virtual Functions
Pervasive use of non-native (aka script) languages
CPUs are thousands of times faster, but RAM has not been scaling anywhere near as fast.
Odd stuff like code touching 1 byte in a cache line, the CPU's have to read 64 bytes or more to do this.
Poorly written multicore programs can fight for access to the same memory and destroy performance

On the plus side if you care about speed modern compilers for C and C++ are really really good.
2012-07-11 04:28:44 PM
1 votes:
No matter how much faster your new computer is compared to your old one, 2 weeks later it won't be fast enough.

Habituation is a pain.
2012-07-11 04:22:20 PM
1 votes:
It's called the Red Queen Hypothesis:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Queen's_Hypothesis
2012-07-11 04:01:45 PM
1 votes:
Computers have long since outrun Microsoft's best valiant attempts to slow them down, although the Office team gives its best attempt every few years, so it's very rare that it's not a third party problem. If it's not the crapware preloaded on the system, it's an overly enthusiastic antivirus that wets its bed and spams you with useless warnings to make sure you don't forget it's there, or a VPN client that takes over your entire computer and hooks into every kernel call to make sure no communication anywhere doesn't go through it. Then they both combine to cause a bluescreen. That's to say nothing of single-threaded programs that piggyback on office apps to connect to remote services, completely hanging the app while the 386 in Siberia on a phone-coupling modem chugs through the request.

However, I will not blame Outlook for politely asking you to hold up for a minute when you have 200,000 emails in your inbox, 90% unread, and only a gig of RAM, as someone who recently asked me why computers are so slow did. I reminded him that back in 1992 it took ten minutes to boot into Windows 3.1 and another 5 to get dialed up into a BBS to check 3 emails, and now he's complaining about two minutes to load Windows and Outlook together.
2012-07-11 04:00:22 PM
1 votes:

thejoyofpi: dv-ous: Chrome is free.

My time isn't. The point is that users' time is being wasted because developers can no longer be bothered to worry about performance.


Code your own web browser that never crashes then you might be able to biatch about the quality of a free web browser without looking silly.
2012-07-11 03:49:30 PM
1 votes:

JohnnyC: Egoy3k: My PC is super fast. Honestly the coolest (IMO) "new" tech are SSDs essentially your OS runs as if it were completely loaded into RAM, which is pretty sweet.

SSDs are extremely nice to have. :)


I have four windows 7 pcs at work with SSDs in them. They take 22 seconds from power on, to ready to login. the Users had them for 3 months before I started getting "they aren't as fast as they used to be". Luckily I benchmarked them. They were still taking exactly the same amount of time to do everything. The user's perception had changed.
2012-07-11 03:49:18 PM
1 votes:
Also, Steve Jobs was right. Flash needs to die.
2012-07-11 03:39:49 PM
1 votes:

Rwa2play: Quasar: Your computer has more to do now.

Yeah, that.

CSB time:

With my second computer (Pentium 200Mhz) I was able to play the PC version of "Road Rage." Fun as hell game.

This past weekend I was foraging through some items when I found the CD and, for the hell of it, tried to install it on my Quad-Core rig and it couldn't be done.

Had a sad for a minute.

/csb


That's what Virtual Machines are for. I have a few FreeBSD installs for testing firewall configs before hitting production, FreeDOS for a couple old Sierra games, Windows 2000 for Master of Orion 2, Windows XP for iTunes and other garbage I don't want polluting my PC. Running it all as guests on a Windows 7 PC with Oracle VirtualBox. You can use VMWare or MS Virtual Server if you like also.
2012-07-11 03:24:26 PM
1 votes:
Gates' Law: Every 18 months, the speed of software halves.
2012-07-11 03:23:05 PM
1 votes:
It's quite simple. Your old computer was slow, so the programmers that wrote code for it took that into account, and wrote tiny, fast, minimal code. Now you have a fast computer, and the programmers go "ooh! Toys!!! I've programmed on slow crap for too long, let's do neat fancy things!!" So your computer ends up doing a lot more than your original computer, and tends to be built so it responds in about the same timescale because that's what programmers expect of computers.

/Give a programmer 5 Legos they'll use 5 Legos, give them 50,000 and they're use all 50,000 and the original 5 together.
2012-07-11 03:20:59 PM
1 votes:

Phoenix87ta: zedster: Phoenix87ta: zedster: subby please do the following
go to start and run "msconfig"
click the startup tab
hit print screen
open up mspaint
hit ctrl+v
hit ctrl+s and save it
upload the image here so we can see how much crap your computer is loading

$10 on Bonzi Buddy

I'll see you on that one and go $100 on shopathome

And an extra $100 on unnecessary software bundled with subby's device drivers.


Add $100 that his IE looks like this:
rdmventure.com

Which I had to explain to my mom shouldn't be like that.
2012-07-11 03:20:56 PM
1 votes:
You just need to take your computer to Best Buy and get the Geek Squad to take a look at it. I hear that their friendly and knowledgeable staff can use their extensive experience in virtually every aspect of technology to quickly make miraculous improvements in any electronic device's performance for an incredibly low price. In the exceedingly unlikely event that they cannot fix your computer, they will work hard to help you select the most economical replacement from the store's vast stock of reasonably priced equipment.
2012-07-11 03:15:11 PM
1 votes:
while != 100000
i = random * 100000
loop

The above code is stuck in every few pages of modern code. That and all 435 programs installed on your computer ping the web for updates every few seconds. And animation sequences with 32 alpha channel graphics have to load every time your mouse hovers over an icon/window/button/etc.
2012-07-11 03:13:05 PM
1 votes:

Phoenix87ta: Nadie_AZ: Phoenix87ta: Nadie_AZ: Wish I could fire up some of the 90s Lucas Arts games ....

Ah 90s Star Wars games. You were awesome.

[www.ibiblio.org image 640x480]

I love that I can still play all the Lucasarts adventure games in ScummVM. Hell, they even ported it to PSP.

Wait, what? Tell me more.

ScummVM

Supported games list:

Compatibility

It's a beautiful thing. Full Throttle, Monkey Island and Sam and Max never get old.


This might be the greatest thing ever -except for a nice MLT - mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe.
2012-07-11 03:03:32 PM
1 votes:

TheHappTroll: All you guys calling for SSDs why not more RAM? Win7 Pro 192GB


Because you'll have 4 GB of your 192GB RAM used, and your computer will STILL be dead slow.
RAM only helps when you don't have enough of it. You run out of performance benefit for a PC at ~6GB.

The SSD makes far more sense and makes a much, much bigger performance improvement.
2012-07-11 03:03:15 PM
1 votes:
Then:
www.mobygames.com
'Oh. look. A dragon'

Now:
andrewhemphill.files.wordpress.com
'OH FARKING FARK FARK! A FARKING DRAGON!'

That's why there is no difference in speed,
2012-07-11 03:01:26 PM
1 votes:
one word......

P0RN
2012-07-11 02:59:49 PM
1 votes:

Nadie_AZ: Phoenix87ta: Nadie_AZ: Wish I could fire up some of the 90s Lucas Arts games ....

Ah 90s Star Wars games. You were awesome.

[www.ibiblio.org image 640x480]

I love that I can still play all the Lucasarts adventure games in ScummVM. Hell, they even ported it to PSP.

Wait, what? Tell me more.


ScummVM

Supported games list:

Compatibility

It's a beautiful thing. Full Throttle, Monkey Island and Sam and Max never get old.
2012-07-11 02:58:31 PM
1 votes:

tuna fingers: Two words:
Micro Soft


Not true.
Your precious Mac uses very similar hardware. Your hard drive can only sling data so fast. The system bus can only move data at certain rates. Your streamlined OS? Not really so.

So while the Windows users at least have an easy to get to log file, to see WTF happened, you just sit right back and enjoy the spinning beach ball of failure.

/Owned 2 iMacs, 3PC (windows), and dabbles with Linux.
2012-07-11 02:57:37 PM
1 votes:

DerAppie: Read before you click. Windows Update asks if you want to reboot now or wait.


And two minutes later it pops up the damn dialog box again saying it wants to reboot. It won't leave me the fark alone!

I'm a Linux admin, so I am spoiled. I install updates, there are no reboots. I install a new kernel, it doesn't force a reboot, so I can put it in place now and schedule a reboot at 3am when it's unlikely anyone will be accessing the system.
2012-07-11 02:56:55 PM
1 votes:
This was my first system... circa 1982

www.mew3.us

Hooked it into out HUGE 19 inch color TV.
2012-07-11 02:56:55 PM
1 votes:
Mikey1969: 2. Everything is doing more. Webpages aren't a few lines of text, a banner, a few ads and nothing more, they contain embedded videos, popup animations, like RSS feeds, etc.

As an old school web developer (that moved over to traditional programming), I think all of this embedded shiat has gotten totally out of hand. Now you go to a page and it's trying to serve you things from 20+ different domains (note the scroll arrows), WTF.

lordargent.com
2012-07-11 02:53:13 PM
1 votes:

Nadie_AZ: Wish I could fire up some of the 90s Lucas Arts games ....

Ah 90s Star Wars games. You were awesome.

[www.ibiblio.org image 640x480]


I love that I can still play all the Lucasarts adventure games in ScummVM. Hell, they even ported it to PSP.
2012-07-11 02:51:54 PM
1 votes:
Adventure House is nice and fast on my new computer.
www.mobygames.com
2012-07-11 02:51:09 PM
1 votes:
Wish I could fire up some of the 90s Lucas Arts games ....

Ah 90s Star Wars games. You were awesome.

www.ibiblio.org
2012-07-11 02:47:20 PM
1 votes:
In short: OS bloat.

As power and capability has increased, the OS has expanded to use up those resources.

FreeDos is very speedy.
DamnSmall Linux is very fast.

Eye candy, like arm candy, is expensive to get, keep, and maintain.
2012-07-11 02:43:47 PM
1 votes:
Fractool used to take days to process a screen on a 386.
Hours to process on a 486.
Minutes to process on a first generation Pentium.
Nowadays you can pretty much process them on the fly.

Open up your task manager and look at how many process and services are running.
The open up your system tray and uninstall all that BS.
Use the windows drivers for your HP Printer (if you can) instead of the bloated crap HP gives you.
Quit downloading every freebie toolbar on the internet.
And turn off all the goddamn Adobe and Apple services they installed behind your back.
2012-07-11 02:43:25 PM
1 votes:
Hey submitter,

Stop using your slow spinning hard drive as your operating system drive and get a Solid State Disk (SSD).

Most operating system actions (including on startup) involve random access IO. Spinning hard drives are terrible at random access. SSD's are a huge improvement in random access time (from milliseconds in HDD to single digit microsecond).

Getting an SSD will be the biggest improvement in your computer's responsiveness. The improvement is so big it's not funny.

Here's a good SSD disk:

Crucial M4 256GB SATA3 6Gbps (newegg)
2012-07-11 02:43:21 PM
1 votes:
Because programmers are sloppy and because your computer is doing 50 things at once. Run 10-year-old software and you'll see the difference.

Also, your internet connection is not significantly faster than it was 10 years ago.
2012-07-11 02:42:14 PM
1 votes:
Multiple reasons.

1. Your first computer probably did not have a graphical interface. Graphics cost CPU cycles, even when you have a high end video card.
2. Your first computer ran one program at a time. Now you have your email client, browser, spreadsheet, wordprocessor, and god knows what else, all running at once.
3. As CPUs got faster, programmers got sloppier. It's a rare instance that programmers bother to run a performance analysis on their own code. Plus, a lot of the code being executed can't be optimized because it's part of the the OS, and Microsoft is certainly not trying to make YOUR code run faster (they have been caught putting delay loops in common APIs).

My first computer had 1K of memory (Yes, 1 kilobyte, not Meg or Gig). It was a development board. My first "real" computer had 64k (about 56k was usable). It ran cp/m. It wasn't unusual to spend a great deal of time trying to squeeze a few bytes out of the code requirements. These days, coders never think about how much memory they are using. They just keep allocating more and more, and assume the OS will deal with any problems.

And get off my farking lawn.
2012-07-11 02:40:56 PM
1 votes:
www.oldversion.com
2012-07-11 02:40:40 PM
1 votes:
1. Wipe drive

2. Reload OS

3. Install decent anti-virus/spyware (e.g. AVG)

4. Get Adblock Plus
2012-07-11 02:40:21 PM
1 votes:
Obligatory:

i.imgur.com
2012-07-11 02:39:08 PM
1 votes:
OEM Software, Antivirus Software, and Adobe products
2012-07-11 02:38:53 PM
1 votes:
What Intel give'th, Microsoft take'th away
2012-07-11 02:34:26 PM
1 votes:
Because you're moving the goal posts.
2012-07-11 02:32:43 PM
1 votes:

Adjective Bird Whiskey: I am betting it doesn't take as long. You've just trained yourself to be an increasingly impatient bastard.


This.
2012-07-11 02:21:03 PM
1 votes:

TommyymmoT: Well for one thing, in order to read a one paragraph news story, you have to wait for 3 interactive ads, and one full length car commercial to load first.


Don't forget random requests to give them access to your facebook account and the fact thatthe one paragraph story is broken up into 10 pages for MOAR ADVIEWS
2012-07-11 01:55:06 PM
1 votes:
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 01:52:28 PM
1 votes:

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 01:50:15 PM
1 votes:

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 01:49:28 PM
1 votes:

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 01:46:10 PM
1 votes:
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 01:45:07 PM
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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 01:39:42 PM
1 votes:
It is faster. You're just used to it.
DGS [TotalFark]
2012-07-11 01:34:35 PM
1 votes:
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.
 
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