Brad's comments on the world of technology...


Have you tried to run any applications on a PC with onl 32mb of memory
lately? It's pretty much impossible. It seems all of the application writers
in the world have gotten together and decided that their apps must have a working set of at least 32mb and take at least 64Mb of total memory.

I recently tried to get away with running Linux on a laptop, with the
idea of using some 'other' word processor to look at Microsoft Word
documents. Hah. Near as I can tell this can't be done. And, while there
are some interesting word processors out there for linux, they are generally
pretty large. Here's a sample:

  • Sun's StarOffice
  • Corel's WordPerfect
  • AbiWord

Staroffice is pretty, but also pretty huge. I'd say 128Mb is a
minimum. It does import work docs better than most. WordPerfect is
pretty also and does not include a huge frame work around it. It
won't import some of my word docs, however. AbiWord is the smallest. It actually seemed to have a reasonable footprint but also would not import some of my word documents.

As a wildcard I tried "Wine", the windows emulator. It actually ran
WINWORD.EXE and EXCEL.EXE from my hard disk. A rather amazing feat.
But they both needed about 64MB more memory than I had so my little
machine paged itself within an inch of it's harddisk's life. (I later upgraded to 80mb and wine worked better. I may actually use word under wine if I find it's stable)

During this process I found I was running Netscape 4.72 and decided to
upgrade to 6.0. Again, major bloatware. 32mb was suddenly way too small
a machine for Netscape.

Personally I think it is a C++ conspiracy formed by people who don't
realize that an automatic C++ object declared inside a function will
call about 8 zillion constructors and allocate 12.5mb of memory each
time the function is called, only to dump that 12.5mb of memory back
on the heap when the function is exited...

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