June 15th, 2015
(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I got my current MacBook Pro in 2011 and for awhile it seemed like a fast computer. Nowadays, however, if I launch Chrome, and I have 6 or 7 pages open, the computer is under stress. If I open the terminal and run “top” I see that the load varies between 1 and 3. It never goes below 1. It is always struggling to keep up.
I’ve been minimalist about installing clever little utilities, and I’m still running the old OS X 10.7.5, so the main culprit here is the web brower. It does not matter much if I run Chrome or FireFox or Safari, modern sites do seem to keep them all busy, and to burn a ton of my CPU cycles.
I’m a professional programmer, and most people get by with computers that are slower than mine. Every time I have to wait 40 seconds for Chrome to render a page, I feel a desire to go for a long walk. I assume when others complain about computers being a terrible experience they are, in part, thinking of experiences like this.