July 30, 2002
Why is it that no matter how much RAM or CPU cycles you throw at a program, it's never enough? I watch the load average on my workstation running Solaris 8, and it's continually a little high. What's the culprit? Netscape and the Gnome desktop. These little bloodsuckers just zap resources.
I'll tell you what I really hate. Java. There are some awful Java apps that hang forever, and send the load average skyhigh at the slightest provocation. It was bad enough when I had to use iPlanet's servers' Java interface. Now Veritas has a Java GUI to its software packages. And it hangs, just like iPlanet's. I'm not sure if these people don't know how to develop good software, or if Java just does that. Either way, it's annoying.
So is there any solution to this problem, aside from throwing more resources at everything? That is unacceptable, mostly because I have no budget for that, but also because that would be really unsatisfying. PFFT!
Published: July 30, 2002