Oct 17, 2006 Tips & Tricks

Why is my PC so slow?

By Dan Poirot

Howdy all. Why does it seem that my PC is so slow?

Back when I was a Wind River
customer (yeah, yeah, dinosaurs walked the Earth and the planet’s crust
was still cooling) VxWorks 5.1 developers used the command line in a ‘shadow’ directory of the product distribution. Editing was done with ‘vi’ and BSPs and apps were built with ‘make’. We lived in the era of ‘burn and churn.’

All of this happened on big (for the time) shared Sun 3 boxes. PC’s
were a novelty — the exclusive toy of the accountants and finance
people (who didn’t have any real work to get done.

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