Computer technology is an amazing thing. Moore's Law continues to be true, despite the incredible complexities involved, and the applications people use daily are becoming more and more powerful to take advantage of this power.
It's no secret that I've wanted to upgrade my notebook since the release of Intel's Core processors in March of this year. The new architecture would resolve some of the bottleneck problems that I've faced when working with really large records at work, and it would make my favourite applications at home run faster, too. Of course the other benefits of upgrading, such as a more powerful video card, would be an added bonus.
For the last few months I've been looking forward to a new game called Need For Speed: Carbon. This game has minimum system requirements that practically match my current computer. This made me wonder whether it was time to upgrade the notebook. I would not be upgrading my computer only to play a game, though. The upgrade would have been used to get around much of the sluggishness and stagnation my PC has faced since it was introduced three years ago.
Windows XP has become a pig on resources with the release of SP2 and the quarter-million updates since. The programs I've been writing at work have become more complicated and involved, requiring more processing power and time to work through the incredible number of records. And my video needs at work have increased as I have a new LCD that is being under-used due to the limitations on my notebook's video card.
But this was before I started using an application called CleverCache by O&O software. This has got to be the best caching program ever written. Less than an hour after installing the program, my notebook was noticably more responsive. The last time it felt this responsive was when I first took posession of the device in January of 2005.
I managed to obtain Need for Speed:Carbon last week and it plays considerably well. I had worried that perhaps the game would lag, or not install whatsoever. This is not the case.
This has given my notebook a new lease on life. I can most likely continue to use this machine until January of 2008, which is when I plan on replacing it. By that time, it will be 4 years old (according to the date stamped on the motherboard), and would have served me exceptionally well in the time I've had it. I've got to give HP credit … they know how to build a notebook PC.
I've saved more money over my computing career with their hardware than with any other vendor, and with O&O, this hardware has a new lease on life.