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davepermen

Member Since 31 Mar 2000
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In Topic: Is your IDE hot or not?

12 June 2014 - 06:18 AM

VS 2013, dark theme. Desktop at 150% scale. I never touch the commandline. as @Shippou said: it's 2014. Not 1985.


In Topic: Something I wanted to talk about... powerful desktop to weaker notebook exper...

30 May 2014 - 07:05 AM

all my code compiles in less than 1sec. good thing i don't use c++, then :) and yes, moar is better. but moar means, too, less batterylife when you're on the go, and less portability in general.

 

which is a huge thing to me.

 

and yes, 16gb of ram are very useful once you have 5 vms n stuff running. good thing i don't do that. i remote into real machines instead, if needed. or azure vm's :) both more flexible than local vm's, anyways (different gpu configurations, etc..)


In Topic: Something I wanted to talk about... powerful desktop to weaker notebook exper...

30 May 2014 - 04:05 AM

 

it beats in usability-performance every desktop i see (it really boots in 8 sec to online.. most desktops are still doing it's bios thing at that point..).

Sounds like you haven't used a desktop in a while, Dave. Even my NUC boots faster than that.

 

 

i work with many machines of different manufacturers, and typically, the surface beats most of them. not all, of course.

 

but in the end, my main point is: raw performance is, for the most part, not really of any importance. my surface is typically on standby and never off, anyways => never have to boot.

 

but i see so many going like "i need an i7 quadcore as a minimum, and 16gb ram, etc.. and all". and i look at my device, seing i'm just as efficient in doing all the work they do on their high end super machines.

 

diminishing returns.. performance even of an ultra portable / tablet etc is nowadays good enough to perform so many tasks at the same speed that it just doesn't matter anymore.

 

the only moment where i'd like a faster system is when i code on my raytracer. but as that's not where the money is for me, i can live with that.

 

the portability gains, the flexiblity thanks to touch + mouse + keyboard + trackpad + tablet on the go + kickstand + big touchscreen docked at home + oculus rift + xbox controller, having it all in ONE device, set up once, always ready.. that gains me more speed than any high end desktop would give me.

 

oh, and a pen. now if i would be any good as an artist.. that would be awesome :)


In Topic: Something I wanted to talk about... powerful desktop to weaker notebook exper...

23 May 2014 - 08:37 AM

 


it beats in usability-performance every desktop i see (it really boots in 8 sec to online.. most desktops are still doing it's bios thing at that point..).

Any desktop with an SSD + windows 8 should boot in about the same time.

 

Desktops are also much better in the price/performance ratio. My $500 desktop kills a $1200 Dell latitude as far as performance is concerned.

I also can't stand the cheap plastic on most inexpensive laptops, it makes me shiver.

 

 

 

will always be that way. still, do you GAIN from that performance? in my case, i about never do anymore.

 

and on the other hand, i have my full pc where ever i go, i can use it with touch, it has good battery life, screen is great, etc..

 

you get many things you don't get from a $500 desktop.

 

it replaces my desktop, my laptop. my ipad, my pen and paper. all in one package. means no synching crap needed. no multiple apps for different devices needed. etc. all in one place. just dock at home/work and have it all big and comfy, or take it with you and have it flexible and mobile.

 

for all that, the price is actually very cheap.

 

 

diminishing returns. all you gamedevs should know it. premature optimisation follows that same law.

 

and yes, it's less good to game on it. it still runs crysis, though :) so there's that. good enough to dev my game for sure.


In Topic: Something I wanted to talk about... powerful desktop to weaker notebook exper...

22 May 2014 - 06:27 AM

I use a surface pro 2 for everything. at home, i dock it.

 

it's a dual core at .. 1.6ghz? (overclocking as needed to 2.4ghz or something).

 

it beats in usability-performance every desktop i see (it really boots in 8 sec to online.. most desktops are still doing it's bios thing at that point..).

 

there's a point of diminishing returns. after that, higher performance gains you nothing.

 

 

the only point where it would matter to me is when i'm coding my raytracer.


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