Computer Woes

I’m about ready to throw my PC out the window. I honestly think the dread of doing all of my writing on an iPhone is just about the only thing holding me back at this point.

My problem is, Chrome has started being a real dick lately. I have no idea what’s changed, but the last couple of weeks it’s started sucking up noticeably more resources than it ever did before, to the point where I actually get mouse lag trying to move my cursor across the screen! You know you’ve got it bad when you change to a new window and have to watch Windows re-draw the screen line by line like it was 1985 all over again…

I don’t really think that I ask too much – I mean, I’ve got a few bulkier apps open like Photoshop and Fireworks, and Word and Excel, on top of admittedly a ton of tabs across several windows in my web browser, but it’s nothing new. I’ve worked this way for years, and now all of a sudden it’s like my computer is just ready to throw in the towel and croak, and although I get that eventually computers do die just like everything else, I guess I just didn’t realize that it was getting so old! Is a quad-core processor with 4 GB of RAM really that out of date??? I haven’t even looked at computers recently – how much are they cramming in those things these days?!

I guess I wish that I could just blame it on Chrome having a memory leak, or Flash being generally terrible as we’re used to doing, or maybe a need to reinstall Windows again after several years (or upgrade now that I’m officially 3 versions behind on XP!), but have we just gotten to the point with heavier sites and dynamic content that a couple of hundred MBs is actually normal for a single browser tab to suck down while it’s sitting on Facebook or Twitter???

If that’s the case, then my next PC is going to need a lot more than 4 GB of RAM. 🙁

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