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    Wirth's Law

    Ever heard of it? It's the reason why Moore's Law doesn't always apply in tech matters.
    Basically Wirth's Law states that software bloat can slow computers down faster than hardware advances can speed them up. A good example is my friend Lillian's new laptop. It has a quad core CPU but runs like a dog because she insisted on putting Norton Security 360 on it.
    Not only does Norton 360 reduce performance, it occasionally won't run a scan because Lillian hasn't updated the AV datafiles - this drives her crazy because she thinks there is an army of hackers running around Almonte trying to steal her Facebook data. I had a bunch of phone calls about this yesterday. After she let Norton update, it worked fine - or as well as it ever does.
    I'm thinking of getting an unlisted number.


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    I hear you:
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    Is this pretty much why smart phones/tablets only last for a short period of time as the software updates build up but the hardware stays the same?

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    For someone who likes computers, you sure hate computers, Ray Or is it the other way round?

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    I do OK. It's the folks I help out who have the problems.


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    Quote Originally Posted by crownpuller View Post
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    This pretty well sums up the relationship the wife has with me and computer problems

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    I'm blanking on the name, but I recall someone creating an addendum to Murphy's Law: whatever can go wrong will go wrong, and it will go wrong in direct proportion to the moment at which you discover it going wrong AND the desperation with which you attempt to stop it from going wrong. In other words, the sooner you discover something is going wrong and the harder you try to stop it from going wrong, the faster and worse it will go wrong.

    And I though I had a pessimistic streak.

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    ^^^^^

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