Re: [NTLK] [Slightly OT] Apple Laptops - <sigh> system performance

From: Jim Witte (
Date: Sun Jun 16 2002 - 13:52:27 EDT

   I've got a 400MHz iMac DV+ with 640 MB RAM, and 10.1.3 is okay. I had
10.1.5 installed yesterday (before I reinstalled) and it seemed a little
slower (read probably more memory hungry). <sigh> I can *just barely*
remember when the MacOS would fit on an 400K disk - with applications
too! I can clearly remember when System 6 or 7 would only report system
memory usage of under 6MB, and the system folder was under 70 MB.. I
guess those days are just gone.. The NeXT cube only had 68030
processors for God's sake, and under 64MB of RAM. How did we get from
that (which was a snappy GUI as I recall) to this monstrosity that's
MacOS X?

   (it reminds me of what a person said at a comp sci colloqium here at
IU recently, as a correlary of sorts to Moore's Law: "processor speed
doubles every 18 months, but my login time NEVER goes down!")

   I also remember when the system folder had at most 70 items in it, and
you pretty much knew what each one did, and which ones could be removed
because you'd never use them.. Mac OS X seems better than Linux at
least on having clear names for *some* of it's files (in the /System and
/Library dirs), but there's still all that stuff in the /bin and /etc
dirs that you don't see unless you're root that's as inscrutable as ever.

   I also have serious qualms about the efficiency of breaking everything
up into small files (in a bundle), instead of a big monolithic block
like OS-8 applications were. Paul and I could probably have a good
discussion on this, but I need to eat right now..


> <sigh> OS X already crawls on the 700MHz iBook I have... with 1/700th
> of=
> the power, I couldn't imagine what that would be like. It would be
> like=
> trying to run OS X on my first Macintosh, a Performa 600CD (33mhz
> 68030=
> with 5mb built in RAM).

Read the List FAQ/Etiquette:
Read the Newton FAQ:
This is the NewtonTalk mailing list -

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.2 : Wed Jul 03 2002 - 14:02:25 EDT