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March 16, 2005

Is it time to request a new PowerBook?

I'm torn. It's been two years since I got my 12" PowerBook. I was confident that it would last until Apple did something drastic with the PowerBook, like upgrade it to the G5 processor.

Lately I've been experiencing a problem, it seems like I never have enough CPU. It gets particularly bad when I have to do something in Word or Excel. Last week I was watching a Real stream of the Sakai partners meeting and trying to work on a job description in Word. It was taking 5 seconds just to switch between applications. My cursory checks seem to indicate that any time I have Word open, regardless of if it's active, it's consuming over 50% of the CPU. In fact closing Word down (just now) makes a noticeable difference in system responsiveness and fan noise (after 5 minutes the fan went off completely).

In the first year I had this, it was rare for the fan to be on. Now, the only time the fan is off is when it's hibernating. I get the sense that the more non-technical work I do (ssh to server and use Emacs) the more CPU I need.

Posted by mike at March 16, 2005 10:43 AM