Me next. . . Reply
by Jim Baber - 5/13/05 9:23 AM
In Reply to: Me next. . . by Coryphaeus
You are lucky to be able to stay right up at the front with new hardware and lots of cash for un-needed memory. If you are retired like I am, cash isn't as availible as it once was. But, what I want my computer to do is more complex than ever (time to keep me occupied) and my computer is typically running 12 to 15 major applications at a time. I cannot give NWS the memory it demands, nor can I give up the memory cycles it requires. My CPU is always @ 98-100% (it is a 433MHz Intel) and has 256 MB of RAM to work with.
My computer obviously is pushed hard by running continously 24/7 XP Pro SP2, Apache internet server, ArGoSoft E-mail Server, SpyKiller, AVG free Antivirus, Zone Alarm Pro firewall, Counterspy, Sunny Data Control to control & monitor my 10,000 Watt photo-voltaic solar system, my weather station, Outlook to schedule my time and for taking notes on the fly, and Excel to integrate the infomation from my weather station and Solar plant to produce a daily power bill status and to forcast the annual cost (or credit) for the power to run my all electric home. Also, periodically I do use Netscape 7.2, Access, Word, and other applications.
I am pleased to say that I have not crashed XP or any of the other programs I have run in over 3 months. I do regularly on Friday take the entire system down and restart it for cleanup purposes.
I tried Norton a year ago, and it made my (overworked and underpowered) machine very unstable and unpredictable, and I uninstalled it within 4 days after 20-25 lockups or crashes.
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