Update on 0.9.4
Friday September 7th, 2001
We asked Asa for a quick status on 0.9.4's status, which was for release this weekend, and here's what he had to say:
#62 Re: It's common practice on Windows
by briansmith <email@example.com>
Monday September 10th, 2001 10:24 AM
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Being a common practice does not imply that it is a good practice.
In fact, as the practice becomes more common, it creates more problems than it solves; the performance decrease of swapping between disk and memory due to large numbers of pre-loaded large applications will outweight the benefit of pre-loading. Also, having to wait at startup for multiple applications to load, most of which you are likely not to use, doesn't make much sense.
As for the cheapness of RAM: It is cheap if you order it online and you install it yourself. But, what of the person that doesn't know about Crucial, or that doesn't know that adding RAM makes the computer perform better, or doesn't have the ability to install the RAM herself, or that doesn't have $36 (and thus using Netscape 6.X instead of Opera)? These are also the people that will leave the setting at its default because they don't want to "screw things up '.
Also, what about the corporate IT guys that have to walk around to 10,000 computers and add a RAM chip to each one, after they just asked their boss to but 10,000 $36 RAM chips (~$360,000 plus an extraordinary amount of labor). When an application is being used by huge numbers of people, a software solution is much cheaper than a hardware solution. For example, this IT guy can just push a new version of the application out to those 10,000 computers automatically (using something like SMS) in a few minutes.