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    nice read. one of these blog posts that you hardly read these days (unagitated, reporting an experience).

    I woudn’t consider myself to be a minimalist with regards to software resource usage, but lately I started to wonder a bit about it. The reason is I noticed that my phone (Android) loses all of its sluggishness in its UI when I am in the energy saving mode below 15%. What difference a reduction in animation can make! Obviously I could manually enable that mode, but I fear it will deprioritize background tasks such as messenger apps. Nevertheless, I looked for an option to configure the animation and couldn’t find it. This got me thinking.

    Looking back, my Windows 95 PC (Pention II 266 MHz) ran a graphical user interface with just 32 GB RAM. Of course most applications on it were written in plain C and C++, with a Windows API that was taylored to optimizing performance in application code. Nevertheless it seems excessive that my 16 GB macbook swaps occasionally without me doing much fancy stuff.

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      “Looking back, my Windows 95 PC (Pention II 266 MHz) ran a graphical user interface with just 32 GB RAM.”

      I think you meant 32MB of RAM. Otherwise, you were spending way too much on RAM and NUMA hardware for a CPU with max of 3.5GB addressable memory per Windows box.

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        haha, indeed MB ;)

        Could have made a fortune seeling a 32 GB RAM device back then i guess

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          You could’ve made a fortune just patenting one in the U.S.. ;)

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          This is one reason I use alternative ROMs on my phone. The level of customization is insane, including disabling animations. I’m so spoiled by it, I can’t stand manufacturer ROMs or even vanilla AOSP.

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          FWIW, there’s a setting in Android’s developer settings called “animation scale” that scales the duration of (some) animations. Why something like this isn’t an ordinarily available setting like Apple’s “reduced motion” mode I don’t know.

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          If you don’t game or do something with lots of video or images or crunch numbers, the only reason to upgrade these days is to keep up with websites.

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            And web browser security patches.

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              True. An old friend of mine got in contact recently to ask me for an advice regarding computer he intends to buy. After ~20 years he feels it is time to give up on his Pentium III. I am still astonished.

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                I gave up on a PIII 600 (128MB RAM) in 2007 - it served me over a decade as my daily driver and the only thing that ever broke in it was the power supply. Wish I could tell the same on recent hardware.

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                  (didn’t know editing is blocked on lobste.rs after a while).

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              Great read! Thank you for sharing.