Just came across a defining Apple moment that makes me happy to be an OS X user. As many of you have likely experienced, the winXp computer I use at work is slow as molasses. I was scanning a 2 page document, trying to save it as a PDF, and then using IE6 (yeah, ie6
) to gmail said attachment to someone in Sales. I eventually did so but a whole 7 minutes later, during which, out of boredom and curiosity I opened the Task Manager to look at the threads to see what the hell was eating up the CPU cycles. While most of the time it appeared the CPU was doing nothing but sitting on it's fat ass (most processes showing nothing, or >10 percent, sys idle showing 90 ≥ ) it would occasionally spike and show that the 2-separate-but-necessary scan processes taking about 70-80 percent. Inefficient beast.
Later, I was home tinkering around with some photo stitching in DoubleTake and organizing an album in iPhoto while doing a screenshare with a friend in iChat. He had dropped a huge panorama picture, a 14MB JPEG, in the iChat window to direct transfer show me something. I had forgotten it was there and while we were talking I on a whim just grabbed the iChat chat window to resize it and... it was white-spacing and sluggish as hell. Not knowing the cause of the slowdown, I opened up the Dashboard to check my iStat widget and I was blown away by what I saw:
112% ? How can a process be more than 100% of the CPU cycles? Further, that iChat or OS X hadn't crashed was amazing. Not only that, but things were just fine as long as I didn't try to resize the chat window. I think that's a prime example of what Apple means by their slogan It Just Works,
and it's a reminder why I'm way better off with this.
* To be fair to WindowsXp, that machine is kindof old and has been around the block in terms of spyware/bots/etc. If it were my personal machine, I'd be taking much better care of it and wouldn't be surfing sleazy sites (I heard there was a salesman that used that comp for such things).