I originally tried posting this as a comment on another blog, but
it didn't go through for some reason. I'll post it here because a full
clipboard is A Terrible Thing To Waste...
Sven has a problem with hard drive performance on his Powerbook. Well, this doesn't directly address his issue, but I found this article (via Slashdot) to be very interesting -- a reminder that cheaper isn't always better, sometimes it's just... cheaper. Sigh. For many years Macs shipped with SCSI drives by default, but ironically enough (in an Alanis sense) they did it when their machines were shipping a single-tasking largely unthreaded operating system that didn't exercise the storage susbsystem's potential. Now they ship modern OS with server tasks and real virtual memory and they ship all their machines (except the custom configured ones) with good-old brain dead (but cheap cheap cheap!) polled-I/O IDE drives. Why? Because the beige box vendors realized they could shave dollars off their bottom lines by bundling in cheaper (and in this case clearly less performant) hardware. When you have to compete on price with "the cheapest possible hardware that will work", you don't have a lot of options.
In recognizing AT&T Bell Laboratories for corporate innovation, for its
invention of cellular mobile communications, IEEE President Russell C. Drew
referred to the cellular telephone as a “basic necessity.” How times have
changed, one observer remarked: many in the room recalled the advent of
— The Institute, July 1988, pg. 11