[Offtopic] The world's oldest complete computer.

Roland Gesthuizen rgesthuizen at gmail.com
Tue Oct 13 19:27:26 EST 2009

>From Eric on the eChalk list ..

Ironically, I was stuck explaining to an older teacher today why her
computer seemed slower today after an Office upgrade than her old chug-a-lug
from a decade ago. Wish I had this handy .. it is a fundamental property of
technology development.

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Mr Moore, it seems, is still pretty accurate.

I like this bit..."

The Great Moore's Law Compensator (TGMLC) generally referred to as bloat <
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_bloat> , is the principle that
successive generations of computer software acquire enough bloat to offset
the performance gains predicted by Moore's Law. In a 2008 article in
InfoWorld, Randall C. Kennedy,[30] <
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_law#cite_note-29>  formerly of Intel,
introduces this term using successive versions of Microsoft Office between
the year 2000 and 2007 as his premise. Despite the gains in computational
performance during this time period according to Moore's law, Office 2007
performed the same task at half the speed on a prototypical year 2007
computer as compared to Office 2000 on a year 2000 computer.

Roland Gesthuizen - ICT Coordinator - Westall Secondary College

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change
the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead
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