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Old 10-14-2007, 09:02 AM   #1
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Well I'm wondering if it will ship with OS10.4 (Leopard) which is due out before the end of October. That needs more memory and disk space than previous versions. Maybe I placed the order in time to avoid that.
Just joking, really. Ruefully, though. It does seem that the new software we lust after (or are forced to buy to support whatever our clients are doing) will grudgingly run on our new system, but would *really* be happiest on something better. Which, when purchased, will be barely adequate to run the next version of software we need to ... and so it goes.

Software. The only substance in the universe able to go head to head with Moore's Law and win.

   
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Old 10-14-2007, 11:33 AM   #2
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Software. The only substance in the universe able to go head to head with Moore's Law and win.
Parkinson’s Law: A job expands to fill the time allotted.

Corallary: Software expands to fill the computing power available to run it.

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Old 10-14-2007, 01:27 PM   #3
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Rindsberg's Corollary to Murphy's Law:

If it can go wrong, I'm trying to do it on my computer and it did.

   
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Parkinson’s Law: A job expands to fill the time allotted.

Corallary: Software expands to fill the computing power available to run it.

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And to think, when I first started programming (on a mainframe) we had to get special permision to write any software that would exceed an 8K memory requirement!

   
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Old 10-15-2007, 08:34 AM   #5
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Steve: Software. The only substance in the universe able to go head to head with Moore's Law and win.
I had to look that one up. I couldn't remember a single joke that mentioned Moore's Law<G> Substitute doubling of space requirements for doubling of transistor capacity and we convert Moore's Law to Wirth's Law. Gotta love Wikipedia.

   
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Old 10-15-2007, 12:06 PM   #6
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"Software gets slower faster than hardware gets faster."

Also from Wikipedia ... a statement of Wirth's Law.

Mirth's Law, then: Every new version of everything is more laughable than the last.

   
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Old 10-16-2007, 08:17 AM   #7
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" Mirth's Law, then: Every new version of everything is more laughable than the last."

If it didn't make me cry so hard, I'd be LMAO.

   
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Old 10-16-2007, 03:06 PM   #8
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I think this trend all started with Windows 95.

Until that came out, hard drive and memory capacity grew fairly slowly and prices remained pretty constant. Then 95 appeared and - way hey - 99% of the world's personal computer users could save a file called Letter To Grandma.doc, but they needed a much larger hard disk and memory than before. I mean, who of us would ever have considered a bloomin' 1GB drive and 1MB RAM? Massive, they were, absolutely massive.

That 95 software did so much more than its predecessors did, was such a quantum leap for so many people, and drove the hardware prices down. The trend seems to have continued, so software advances require hardware advances, and those allow for better software, which needs better hardware., and so it all continues.

By and large, the longer you put off the decision to purchase a new computer, the more you'll get for your money: specs will increase, and prices will fall. Trouble is, you can't wait for ever, and you do actually have to buy the bugger at some stage, and accept the fact that it will be superceded around 20 minutes later!

   
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My Grandma used to say: if you want the latest and greatest, buy it a day before you die...

   
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Then die two days early so you won't ever learn how outmoded your new purchase is.

   
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