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Posted 26 March 2017 - 06:57 AM
Posted 26 March 2017 - 07:15 AM
As hardware power increases, software increases in sophistication (some would say bloat) to make use of that power. Your hypothetical 1 Ghz Sempron with 1 Gb DDR400 would struggle to boot fully patched and updated Windows XP SP3, let alone Windows 10. How do I know? Because I've got a much faster (but still comparatively ancient) AMD Athlon XP 2500+ system in storage, and to amuse myself the other year, I loaded it up with Windows 98 SE and XP SP3 (and a bunch of old games and so on). Windows XP SP3 while it ran, was not great. Extremely long boot times, extreme periods of waiting for it to respond, it was struggling badly. Windows 98 of course, flew, as you might expect. As for running Chrome or any browser remotely "modern" or "secure" under XP, I would say it was pretty much unusable. With the required anti virus taking up so much processor time, it's difficult to know how we managed before multi core systems
I'm sure it would run a resource light version of Linux beautifully though.
Posted 26 March 2017 - 05:52 PM
I agree. However, it should be noted that I have and used until relatively recently a fully-patched, but very well optimized Windows XP: Service Pack 3 PC.
Edited by Just_One_Question, 26 March 2017 - 05:55 PM.
Posted 27 March 2017 - 12:00 PM
Well, since you can run a ton of old arcade games on a Raspberry Pie, a lower powered PC can run quite a lot. However, with more power comes more ability.
Most of it has to do with the operating system you install. As jonuk76 said as computers became more powerful developers have found ways to use that power.
Word processing and spreadsheets for example. While a low end machine can run them, we have gotten used to what we can do on a more powerful machine. I used to work for a bank. They had daily reports from every branch, how many savings, checking, loan accounts did you open yesterday. Before computers no one would have thought about asking for that information on a daily basis, let alone track it over time. Now with computers they don't have any issue. I worked with the admin who compiled the report, it used to be half of her day. Once we got everyone on networked computers we automated it with scripts to pull in the data from 40+ branches and had the spreadsheet pull the numbers from those 40+ files.
The more computers are capable of doing, the more we will do with them.
Posted 27 March 2017 - 12:31 PM
Indeed, that's why we call them computers. Thank you for the input!
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