Today, a friend of mine asked me whether I found my Acer Aspire One slow. I said yes, but it didn't bother me much.
Once, home, this got me thinking about how slow it is.
Is it slow? Compared to what is available today, hell yes. Compared to my Dell Inspiron 6000, which is a few years older? Yes. This is even though the Acer's Atom and the Dell's Pentium M have the same 1.6 GHz speed.
The performance of a single core Atom is about half that of a Pentium M of the same clock rate. For example, the Atom N270 (1.60 GHz) found in many netbooks such as the Eee PC can deliver around 3300 MIPS and 2.1 GFLOPS in standard benchmarks, compared to 7400 MIPS and 3.9 GFLOPS for the similarly clocked (1.73 GHz) Pentium M 740.
As an additional note, this is even though the Atom uses HyperThreading and the Pentium M doesn't.
What I have found, from my personel experience, I am not bothered by this.
On any given day, I mainly use my computers for email & internet surfing and occassionally LibreOffice, graphic manipulation and watching video. I am going to skip the email and internet to focus on the last three.
Lets starting with video. I limit video to my Dell with its 15.4" WSXGA+ screen. This is two fold. First, who wants to watch video on an 8.9" screen? Second, anything 720p -- 1280 x 720 -- and above eventually stutters on the Acer. Thus, the Acer is out for most video watching.
Next, graphic manipulation. This applies to my photographs I post here. I use JAlbum to resize and watermark the photographs*. JAlbum uses the Java Runtime Environment so it can be cross platform. Because of the JRE, it tends to run a little slow to begin with. On the Acer, I do notice a longer production time verse the Dell, but I find it acceptable.
Finally, spreadsheets, ie LibreOffice. I have a couple spreadsheets I edit every couple of days. Once again, I find the application running slightly slower on the Acer. At most though, it is a couple of seconds.
Other that the video, I really don't notice a real speed difference between the two.
Then I found something really interesting. I had written the above and decided to check out the difference in start up times.
I was thrown by what I found. I always knew the Dell started up faster, but didn't realize where the diffence was. It takes the Acer about 5 more seconds to show the login screen than the Dell. Once logged in, and this threw me, the Acer takes an additional 20 seconds to show a fully rendered desktop. Whoa, 20 seconds.
I am not sure what the slow down is. They both have the same applications set for start up along with the same toolbar and desktop image.
So, I have installed bootchart on both and in a couple of days will check the results.
It is interesting in that, I've recently read some books that I did quite a few years ago, and didn't remember reading them at all. This includes the first two Dean Koontz's Frankenstein books. I had very vague memories of the first book, but none of the second.
Spent a great afternoon at Extra Innings today. Bobby Doran played, Brian (
it may be Bryan, I am never really sure) was at is always bartending best and Robin and Derrick (again, not sure on the spelling of his name but I feel safe with Robin) cooked up a shrimp boil.
Thanks to you all for making the day grand.
Hmm, don't know where to start this post.
I will be 50 this year. Michael Jordan has his 50th today. Michael Jordan, 50. That just blows me away. I never put together that he was the same age as I was. For what ever reason, I always pictured him younger that I was. Why, I don't know, but I did.
Earlier today I read this great article on ESPN by Wright Thompson and Michael's turning 50. Even though we live in two different worlds, what he is feeling rings true with me. From needing reading glasses -- although, I have admitted to needed them and he is still holding off -- to wanting to know where certain keepsakes are. I relate.
So, I get home tonight and go to ESPN to get the link to share with you.
I go to ESPN and click on their link for the article for not. 404 error.
I was going to write up this great profound post of aging and now I can't because ESPN pissed me off to the extent I can't remember what I was going to write.*
Anyway, I will follow up on ESPN tomorrow and see if they fix the link. IMHO it is worth reading.
* It probably wouldn't have been profound at all, just a sharing of the article, but ESPN fucking ruined it. Wait, no, it was going to be profound. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.
~ Update ~
Ah, the article is back now.
Michael Jordan Has Not Left The Building
It's a good read.
Love this photo.
KBCO in Boulder has a new ad out for it's $50,000 give away promotion and, IMHO, it's fucking hilarious.
It goes something like this:
Annoucer: What would you do with $50,000?
Dude: I'd invest it.
Annoucer: In what?
Dude: Girl Scout Cookies.
Announcer: Oh, yea?
Dude: Come July, those Colorado Stoners will pay a fortune for them.
It probably comes off better when heard because the voice actor that does the 'Dudes" is great. It makes the whole spot.
Been slacking off in my reading recently, but am finally getting back into it.
Currently I am reading Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series. I started a bit backwards reading the second book first -- City of Night by Koontz & Ed Gorman -- and am now reading the first book -- Prodigal Son by Koontz & Kevin J. Anderson. And, I have the third and fourth books on hand to follow these up with.
I must say, I'm not a big fan of horror, but they have been good reads. They are more like suspence than horror, with well built story lines.
Skip the post below this one and you will see 3 consecutive posts for photograph sets. When you follow the links to the galleries, the content of those pages, I hand code.
Search Drupal with gallery and there are a bajillion results returned. I've spent time looking through them. I've spent time looking through Drupals Modules. I still can't find what I am looking for.
My set up is an image with thumbnails of previous photos above and following photos below. This setup lives in my current theme so all pages match. Boring yes, but I like consistency.
As of now, I go a rather roundabout way. I use a program that creates slide shows. It takes the original images, creates slides of reduced size with a watermark, makes thumbnails and creates a finished gallery. I then take the slides and thumbnails and use those for my handcrafted content.
I don't know. I guess it keeps me in touch with some coding still. I still have to do some thinking to create the pages and I guess that's a good thing.
I don't know, guess I miss my days in the mountains. I have no other reason for wanting to be there.
Check out APOD for more info and the full size image.
Noticed a strange thing today with my Sitemeter numbers. There is a difference of 2,396 between the visits shown on this websites tracker at the bottom of the page and the visits shown on Sitemeters summary page for this website.
599,744 is shown on the Sitemeter summary page.
602,140 being shown on the tracker at the bottom of LarsonsWorld.
Check it out. Note the number on the tracker below, click it and it takes you to my summary page on their website. The numbers are off.