I need a new machine...

It's so hard to learn new technologies in such a low-end machine. I have 512 MB of RAM in my laptop of 1.8Ghz clock speed, 32MB of which is for the on-board video card. It uses about 350MB upon startup running Avas antivirus and who knows what else is running on the background?

I'm having no problems when I use eclipse and tomcat, that's fine. I think netbeans is somehow even more memory efficient... Just my observation. The problem is when I start BEA Weblogic Server, which is really a resource hungry monster... It eats about 350+ MB of RAM. Not to mention I still have to leave some PDF files open while I'm doing development.

I remember my highschool days when everybody was running on pentium II and III and I was stuck on a 133Mhz machine. I still laugh whenever I remember how my [...] games crashed back then... Lolz!

Anyway, VB 6 and Visual Studio 6 was a very friendly environment for my machine that time. I was able to code a few C programs, somehow. It was also where I first learned HTML, and first used Java applets and Flash.

I guess it will be part of my goal next year to be able to buy a new machine for learning purposes. Right now, Linxie-II will do just fine...

Ok, my server's done loading. Laterz! 

Published 11-07-2007 8:23 AM by lamia
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Wednesday, November 07, 2007 10:12 AM by keithrull

# re: I need a new machine...

hehehe. Your post reminded me on how i struggled with a 486 while everybody i know was already at Pentum I. I didn't mind it at first because all i was doing back then was pascal and c++ but when java bit my brain i started bugging my mom to get me a machine where i can razzle and dazzle with java applets. wow, those were good ol' days.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007 5:25 PM by Ealden Escañan

# re: I need a new machine...

You definitely need more memory, especially on a laptop as disk paging is really going to kill you.  I've dabbled on using a VM to artificially restrict the amount of memory usable by, say, Oracle, but I don't think it'll be useful in your situation (as you still need memory to do things).

blog.ealden.net/.../vms-for-development

Wednesday, November 07, 2007 6:10 PM by cruizer

# re: I need a new machine...

pre RAM is getting cheaper these days, i suggest you get RAM for your laptop as soon as you have the cash to spare! then benta mo yun 512 MB mo sa tipidpc.com. he he

Wednesday, November 07, 2007 7:33 PM by modchip

# re: I need a new machine...

I also had a 486 when everyone I know already had the Pentium I -- Same as you Keith, it didn't bother me then because all I did was play those classic Sierra games on it (Those games were sweeeet!). BTW, I only had 8MB RAM & 1GB of HD space during those days, hahahah!

lamia, pagtyagaan mo na yan, bili ka muna ng PS2, hahahah! ;)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007 7:51 PM by lamia

# re: I need a new machine...

@ealden - Ealden of orange and bronze? Anyway, I was going to install oracle express but decided not to because of the same reason...

@cruizer - The RAM for my laptop is already at maximum. Hehehe. (256 << 1);

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 6:43 PM by Garri

# re: I need a new machine...

I'll be going the same way soon with my desktop a P4 1.6Ghz + 1GB RDRAM. Since im using the eclipse based Zend Studio. So to conserve some precious memory I switched from GNOME to fluxbox.