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Old 07-02-2016, 09:09 AM
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Computers are definitely faster... I've been building computers going back to the Pentium 4 days and each generation has shown improvements up until Sandy Bridge in 2011... after that, the improvement has been marginal to zero unless you're high end gaming with multiple video cards.

People who buy prebuilt systems often buy the cheapest ones they can and they come with slow processors that are a shadow of what they could get... unless people "passmark" the processor in the system they are getting they might end up getting something slow. Adding 8 GB of RAM is cheap to do, adding a better processor can cost manufacturers more money and any way they can cut costs they will.. everyone manufactures stuff to meet minimum engineering specs these days.. also not having a solid state drive as the system drive slows things down.

For example I got my mother a much better laptop with a Quad Core processor off newegg and had her return the Dual Core she bought from best buy. Not only was it MUCH faster but it had a better video card, the screen was nicer, etc. There's a lot of garbage out there to weed through to find quality. You have to spend a bit more to get quality.

When you consider what a computer in 1998 cost inflation adjusted.. you're looking at 1000-2000 dollars or more.. today you can get black friday special laptops for $300... of course they're going to be crap...

People using java to make programs (yuck) or not optimizing them is a relatively minor reason for sluggishness... laptops tend to come with bloat those especially those browser antivirus extensions which should be removed.. Mcafee is just slow and their browser extension is slow.
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Old 07-02-2016, 09:17 AM
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Computer hardware is faster then ever and even cheap computers come with 8 gigs of RAM now a days. But they sure don't seem faster then the computers of the year 2000 or so.

Windows 95 and the Mac system 9 seem so snappy compared with today's Windows and Mac OS's. Why is that? Is it the programming environment most programers use? Or is it due to the huge size of them. Or do programmers not really try for code that runs fast like they had to back in the 1980's when 1 mb of ram was alot?

Not looking to start a war between OS's, as they all seem slow and in need of improvement.
Its all the "Accessories" That run in the background that track and monitor everything you do that slows them down today.
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