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Chapter 14. Tuning Windows Vista’s Performance

Chapter 14. Tuning Windows Vista’s Performance

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We often wonder why our workaday computer chores seem to take just as long as they ever did, despite the fact that hardware is generally more reliable and more powerful than ever. The answer to this apparent riddle relates to Parkinson’s Law of Data, which I mentioned back in Chapter 1, “An Overview of Windows Vista.” On a more general level, a restatement of Parkinson’s Law is as follows: The increase in software system requirements is directly proportional to the increase in hardware system capabilities. For example, imagine that a slick new chip is released that promises a 10% speed boost; software designers, seeing the new chip gain wide acceptance, add 10% more features to their already bloated code to take advantage of the higher performance level. Then another new chip is released, followed by another software upgrade—and the cycle continues ad nauseum as these twin engines of computer progress lurch co-dependently into the future.


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