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I just discovered something cool with my laptop

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Football_Bat, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    No, not porn. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. :p

    I just plugged in a 2-gig jump drive into my USB port, and my 7-year-old iBook is suddenly cooking with gas. I guess that extra memory boost was just what the doctor ordered.

  2. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Well-Known Member

    I discovered last week that my Dell bounces. Was covering a hockey game when my foot got tangled in the power cord. Bounced off the desk onto the floor. Hard. Picked it up and it works as good as ever.
  3. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    It thought it was being slapped by The Fonz
  4. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I make a discovery on the magnitude of the kid who invented Whippets, and I get crickets. What the hell?
  5. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    Perhaps no one else has experienced that and we're all spiteful of your good fortune.
  6. MacDaddy

    MacDaddy Active Member

    That makes absolutely no sense, unless your hard drive is almost full.

    Increasing RAM can increase speed; increasing storage capacity shouldn't make a difference.
  7. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    Thank you, MacDaddy. I thought I was thinking too hard about why that wouldn't work.

    Oh, and TwoGloves, if you had a new MacBook with a magnetic power cord, you computer would have stayed put while your cord detached without drama. :)
  8. This is sad, bat.
  9. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    I know this to be true, because I bought a big-ass external hard drive for my desktop (Mac) and if anything, it made it slower. :(
  10. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I don't have an explanation for it; it just runs better. A lot better.

    The only thing I can think of is that somehow it's using the jump drive for RAM. My hard drive is barely half full, so it's not that.
  11. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Hate to burst your bubble, dude ...

    I don't believe early versions of OS X could use flash drives as RAM (and I know OS 9 could not do so), but I'd be willing to be proven wrong. Vista was the first version of Windows to implement that feature (which Micro$oft calls ReadyBoost), and possibly the first operating system to do so as well. (I also know that Microsoft only developed ReadyBoost to cover for the stunning amount of bloatware that Vista morphed into.)

    So it's probably just you. :D

    Technical explanation: In Windows Vista, ReadyBoost is an intelligent cache of the page file (virtual memory swap), which in Vista has become horrendously bloated and is the main reason for Vista's seemingly huge RAM prerequisites. The marketers' claim that ReadyBoost is an intelligent cache for the hard drive is bogus. http://tinyurl.com/pqebt

    And the next version of ReadyBoost will be able to use spare RAM found on other Windows PCs on your network. Yeah, that's smart.
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