Unfortunately poll shows very sad situation: only 1/3 of developers DONT'T THINK of their HW during work. It means 2/3 do their job and permanently suffer from delays of computer. More delays - more annoying you feel, when you have time to think about task?!?! So my petition to all bosses: stop spreading money on f** kettles, flowers, pictures and so on - upgrade first all programmer's computers and only next start indulge your eggs!
...if my PM approved buying my hardware I'd have one at work. Never mind compile time savings, IT's crapware spends 20-25 minutes after a boot trashing my HD so badly my PC is nearly useless. Getting back 15 minutes of that times 60 reboots/year would pay for a 256GB SSD in terms of increased productivity all by itself just looking at my salary and ignoring overhead costs. Unfortunately hardware purchases all come from ITs budget, not that of the people who'd directly benefit from my being more productive and ITs been either crushed by or taken over by bean counters (from outside it's hard to tell).
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Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
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Well, it all depends on your choice of OS (and background tasks)... those pretty OS interfaces don't come without a cost (prime example, try running Ubuntu 11.10 with Unity vs. GNOME2... the classic gnome interface is wwwwwaaaaaaaayyyyyyy faster!).
My desktop development PC at work has 12 GB of RAM and I'm running out of memory all the time. Just open Chrome with a few tabs and one or two instances of Eclipse (yikes!). Feels sluggish as hell.
I might not be the standard user, but the 16 GB of my home PC are the absolute minimum I can accept nowadays, 24 GB preferred.
Why close programs when you can just keep them in memory to access them faster? Memory has gotten dirt cheap, I've seen 16 GB for under $60.
My PC is not half a year old and has only a good HDD because I wanted to wait a little more to buy a SSD. The project folder I usually work on includes 44 separate projects and it still loads quite fast in Visual Studio and compiles the whole thing in about 20 seconds.
The computer has an i7 quad core processor and 16GB RAM. At work I have an i5 dual core with 'only' 4 GB RAM and must say the two computers are worlds apart in their performance. I doubt a little that adding a SSD would still bring another noticable improvement.
That's why you should develop on Linux. I've only got a measly 6GB of RAM but have managed to create a RAM disk on 5GB of it and then compile an embedded Linux kernel on that 5GB ram disk. 4 hours down to 4 minutes
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All dev work is done on virtual machines. I use Oracle Dirtbox running Ubuntu for my server work. I currently have three VM's running.
My Win7(64 bit) desktop is used for hosting the VM's, e-mail and CP.
In the corner is the most important piece of kit in the office, my microwave BACON crisper and that is the only thing that's under-powered - 4 rashers is just not enough.
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It's not so much that my machine isn't fast enough, but the virus scanner my company forces me to use eats up my machine for at least an hour a day, especially when checking for updates. When the HD-light of the PC turns on permanently, I know it is time for a cup of coffee. Very frustrating...
My XP work laptop "should" be more than fast enough, but corporate layers of bloatware hog memory and cpu resources. At any given time these apps exist in my task manager that use 200 and even 300 MB of mem usage... ?! I know this stuff is 'needed' av/fw/etc but just sayin'
Yes I hear you - I put 'needed' in quotes as it's a corporate machine, and I'm bound by policy not to modify any of their autorun stuff (junk? )...
My home machine is a lower spec than work machine but runs much quicker as I keep autostart and such as clean as possible, use efficient av/hips/fw, etc.. and of course avoid itunes and other bloatware
Seconded - the task manager processes list is three times as long as my home machine's. It seems like every corporate software vendor has an advocate in the IT group. If the machine slows down it's because of some scan. The VPN setup makes the network shares unusable.
On the hardware side the machine has a 80G HD - on a year-old machine! I spend time carefully removing every unneeded file to avoid filling it up.
Dev machines aren't slow - IT policy hacks are slow.
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