About six years ago I built my own PC. To this day it outstrips any work machine I’ve ever had. Why is this?
The PC is nothing extraordinary. It’s built around an AMD XP2100 processor on an Asus A7S333 mobo, with 750MB of Crucial RAM, running Windows 2000. When I put it together it was screamingly fast – about as fast as a PC got then. But compared to any work machine I’ve had in the intervening years – mainly from Dell or HP – it’s still, well, screamingly fast.
I notice it particularly on searches. I try to keep my work as organised as possible but often, when working across accounts, you need to look for files according to someone else’s idiosyncratic filing system. Google Desktop is great for looking by search term, but if you need to do it by filename, well forget it. It’s sluggish in the extreme. Yet my own PC at home rifles through thousands of files in the blink of an eye.
It gets worse if you change applications. I know apps get cached and they speed up the more you use them but I can switch to a browser after doing any other work at home painlessly. So why do I have to wait for several seconds while my work machine thinks about it? Why can I load up apps like Photoshop instantly at home, but it takes a minute or two of painful loading at work?
Is it Windows XP? Is it really so bloated that higher spec machines run more slowly with it than lower spec machines running Win2K? Or is it the preference of UK companies to provide their employees with the lowest spec machines possible?
I’m seriously considering overclocking my laptop at work. At least it’d keep my lap warmer, even if for a shorter period of time.
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