Banished was made almost entirely by one guy (not in a garage, presumably), released last month. It's pretty good, not without its flaws, looks pretty too.
Sounds like something's awry... I'm currently using about 2gb (of 8 available), and I have a tonne of stuff open. One thing you could try is disabling superfetch (and possibly readyboost) if you have it on (in services). Superfetch has a tendency to peg the hard drive, and I've yet to see any real evidence it actually does any good. Vista does have higher RAM requirements, I admit that, but 2gb should be enough to run ok.
My core2duo is 7 years old, and my system used to boot from BIOS to usable desktop in 15 seconds. It's now loads longer than that, because of all the cruft I've accumulated over the years, though still under a minute. 8gb of RAM is dirt cheap now...
Many such machines as yours made in 2005 to 2006 have XP.
I'd guess 99% of machines my machine's age originally had XP, since I was a very early adopter of Vista (first week, I think... still running it).
It is pegged at 30% because of overheating protection. Replace the fan and the problem will go away. You are slowly ruining your electronics if they get that hot and it will eventually die
I pegged it at 30% manually - prior to this, it got up to 105 degrees under load, then stopped recording temperature above that. After a little while, it would reboot, and pop straight back up. The fan is still ok, I think there's probably a problem with the heatsink/thermal paste. I realise it will eventually die at these temperatures, and I am going to sort it soon... it is 7 years old already, though.
For basic tasks, almost any computer from the Core2/Phenom era is sufficient.
I still game on my old core 2 duo (E6850)... I do have a gtx460 too, though. I'll bet it's better for gaming than at least 90% of new PCs sold.
Amusingly, it's currently pegged at 30%, because something's up with the fan/heatsink/thermal paste... it currently runs at a constant 95 degrees celsius under load, which is much cooler than before I pegged it. Yes, I'm going to sort it soon. It still runs games fine.
But I can tell you there is a world of difference in performance and bugs between the 2.
I've had over 6 months uptime on my Vista system... always performed fine, this is on a system I built at launch, ie. 7 years ago. Vista was sold on underpowered hardware, and plenty of services started as default which shouldn't have, compounding the performance issues... The only bug I've had was a bit of a stinker, whcih meant Vista would not install (at all, BSOD) with more than 4gb of RAM on certain (nvidia) motherboard chipsets (which admittedly were not that common). Installing with 4gb, grabbing a hotfix, then sticking the rest of the RAM back in fixed it.
It needs to end as XP is crap. After all it is based off of ME?!
Is this a joke, or do you really not know what you're talking about? 3.0 > 95 > 98 > ME. NT > 2K > XP > Vista > 7 > 8.
it is indeed quite possible that they didn't recognise how much it sucked because of inner-M25 London myopia
One thing to consider is that many more people live inside the M25 than do in the entirety of Scotland...
Sure, you can rev it to 9k, but the fuel economy is so poor at that point that you might as well be driving a car with a larger engine
It's not designed to be fuel efficient. At 70mph, it's already over 4000rpm in top gear. It is not a cruiser. It's a performance 1.8 litre 4 pot.
That car is pretty much physically undrivable (and equally so, unridable) for anyone much over 6' tall - I tried to sit in the driver's seat of an Integra coupe once (I'm 6'3") and even with the seat all the way back I could not physically work the pedals because my knees were firmly embedded into the dash.
Erm... I'm 6'6". Was the car you drove a type R? - they have different seats, I assume set lower. Driving position is absolutely fine for me, headroom is better than just about any car (there's about 3 or 4 inches leeway above my head in the Integra - no other car I've driven has near that).
A technically impressive car, but made in such small numbers as to be of no real importance. It also does not share any relevant parts with any other cars of the same badge. Being as hardly anyone wants to spend $80k on a Nissan anyways, its existence is of at best marginal significance.
Well... people who want an astoundingly quick car will pay that much, and with good reason. It trounces just about everything on the planet. Sure, it hasn't got the badge, but if you want a (relatively) cheap usable supercar, that's the best one.
You didn't name a single reasonably priced car that is in current production. Furthermore of the cars that you named that are not in production, they were outsold several hundred fold by sedans from the same vendors that could be marketed as cures for insomnia. You could just as well be trying to excuse the Dodge Neon by telling us about the performance specs of the Viper.
I'm not defending the dross most Japanese cars are... I was pointing out there are some good ones. The GTR is about the same price as a Tesla S, and yes, it is a hell of a lot faster. Current good less expensive Japanese cars include the Subaru BRZ, Mitsubishi Evo X (though Evo VI's were the best), Toyota GT86, and the new Subaru WRX will come next year (though recent previous ones have been a little underwhelming, like Mitsubishi's).
Performance cars, even reasonable cheap ones, will _always_ be outsold by dull sedans. That's the nature of the market. I'm not trying to defend the dross that is the Toyota Corolla.
That would really be outside-the-box thinking for Nissan (or any Japanese car maker, really). Toyota, Nissan, and Honda (as well as their Korean counterparts Hyundai and Kia) have made many shit-tons of money in this country by selling really, really, excruciatingly boring cars.
I own a Honda Integra type R (which revs to 9000rpm, 15mph to 150mph in one gear), my sister owns a Toyota MR2 (mid engined, RWD). I constantly play with the lift off oversteer with mine around roundabouts. Also, have you not hears of the old Nissan Skyline or new GT-R? Not all their cars are dull... in fact, I'd say for reasonably priced cars, the Japanese manufacturers have some of the best.
My car's not been in for a service for 4 years, and has been almost 100% reliable (the alternator died a couple of years back). Passed its MOT every time, with a couple of small things like windscreen wipers, etc. 20 years old now, too... Honda Integra type R.
I think if fuel heat were the issue, cars would be engineered such that they heat the fuel with the waste heat they produce, that normally just goes straight out the exhaust. Heat in a car is essentially free.
You may be missing the obvious, though I'm not sure how significant it is : Cold air is denser, so air resistance will be higher. This will only be a factor at speed, though.
the West shuts out any mention of Tibetan terror attacks or ethnic violence against the Han and Hoi people of Lhasa
Perhaps I should notify my ISP... your mention of Tibetan terror attacks and ethnic violence seems perfectly visible here.
Before anything else, what we've got to determine is which one is a tech company.
The fact of the matter is people believe they are entitled to take whatever they want without having to pay the artist. Period. You can try to use whatever semantics you want but in the end the result is the same. People have taken something which they do not have a right to and have not compensated the person/group who has created the work.
The people who believe they are entitled to take what they want without having to pay the artist will _never_ pay the artist. Are you hoping to convert them?
It's not about semantics. I listen to radio without adverts, which I do not pay for, it's paid for by the TV license. Am I pirating music?
My point was that actual vegetable meals taste a whole load better than quasi meat. I don't know why anyone would want to eat a poor substitute for something else, rather than other really good tasting things.
I'm from the UK, by the way, and yes I do eat some mass produced cheese. I also eat lots of cheese that isn't mass produced. Cheshire and Lancashire cheeses are a couple I buy regularly. Interestingly, in the "massively regulated" system we have here, we have quite a lot of unpasteurised cheese available for sale, as well as milk. We have Cheese Freedom!
Animals are actually an incredibly ineffective way of creating nutrients. Animal farming is really only energy efficient if you also use the animals as land clearing machines and fertilizer spreading machines like people used to do before the industrial era.
Animals are actually an incredibly good way of creating nutrients in some landscapes. Sheep and goat herding on steep hills and mountains that are not suited to plant growing and harvesting have millennia old traditions for good reason. Granted, most of our meat now does not come from these areas, but there are still a lot of places where crop growing is impractical, but herds of animals are practical.