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Comment: Re:OSX too (Score 2) 509 509

by carlhaagen (#50002891) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Post-Install Windows Slowdowns Inevitable?
User error, really, though I'm puzzled as to how this is doable with an OS X installation, since the OS doesn't suffer many of the architectural flaws that puts Windows in these situations. I've been running (and maintaining for others) OS X for 10 years and Windows for 15 years, and with OS X installations I've never seen this occur. For what the anecdot is worth my own Windows installations have always stayed healthy (and just noticably sluggish) even after years of use.

Comment: Inevitable, but doesn't really have to be bad (Score 3) 509 509

by carlhaagen (#50002825) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Post-Install Windows Slowdowns Inevitable?
There's no way around the sludge that is the Windows registry, or f.e. Windows' tendency to regularly enter a heart-stopping "drive frenzy" for no apparent good reason, but it doesn't all have to end up with the familiar ugly crawl we all know friends' and family's Windows boxes come to just months after freshly installed. Next to me is a Win 7/64 machine whose current installation is close to 5 years old, and has seen thorough use (as with all my Windows machines during the 15 years I've used it on personal level) but it's still quite snappy and acceptably fluent even if slightly more sluggish than when the installation was new. The only difference is that I take care of my personal computing, and avoid the pitfalls that "computer illiterates" so often fall for.

Comment: Re:Then buy a used PC (Score 1) 355 355

by carlhaagen (#48958061) Attached to: New Multi-Core Raspberry Pi 2 Launches
I don't buy that you do either. I spent 6 years of my life programming 6502 assembly when writing games and "demos" on the VIC-20 and Commodore 64, and I spent another 4 years programming ARM assembly when doing games and "demos" for the GameBoy Advance. Thumb/ARM is not complicated, not hard to learn, but it is nowhere near so defining of simplicity and straight-forwardness as the 6502 is.

Comment: Re:Still ARM11, still a crappy CPU (Score 4, Informative) 355 355

by carlhaagen (#48956009) Attached to: New Multi-Core Raspberry Pi 2 Launches
If you insist that 4 USB ports and an array of GPIO pins are the main selling features, then let me present to you the Odroid C1: http://www.hardkernel.com/main...

It's everything the Pi and Pi 2 is, and everything the Pi and Pi 2 never will be, for the same $35.

Comment: Still ~3 hours on this 5.5 year old battery (Score 1) 97 97

by carlhaagen (#48681229) Attached to: My laptop lasts on battery for ...
It's an old 2009 13" MB Pro, with around 1400 charging cycles on the battery. I got 8 hours out of it when new, and managed to keep those 8 hours for a bit more than 2 years of use before I noticed a slow degrade. It definitely held up to the advertisement, and can't say I've seen better laptop batteries fin any other brand of laptop.

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