No, this is not a post about aging and forgetting things. Nor is it a post about something nostalgic. It’s about my computer and it’s lack of sufficient memory.
My computer has 6GB of RAM, which is sortve odd because usually there are multiples of 4 (4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB) in a system. But, much of the time I have multiple tabs open and often need to have more than one application open in order to complete something that I am working on. And my computer freezes up and I lose work and then I am frustrated and angry.
However, a new computer is not in the budget right now. I do try to minimize what I have open at any one time, but I lose a TON of productivity because I am waiting on my computer to stop processing something or for the system to unlock so I can continue working on whatever task I was working on. The bottom line is that I really need to replace this computer ASAP. The paradox is that I need a really high-end client to be able to bank the money to make the purchase and I can’t really take on a high-end client because I don’t have the capacity, with my current equipment, to do more high-end/big-money work.
I do have a couple of possible workarounds but they are really band-aid fixes and not something sustainable. And one of the options means that I am going to need to pour a bunch of time into learning new systems (not altogether a bad thing) but learning time is not earning time.
Of course, when I go out and look at the price of putting together an OPTIMAL system, the price gets out of control pretty quickly. Sometimes you walk that fine line between ‘optimal’ and ‘adequate’. (Actually, that applies to more than computer systems).
I’m sure I’ll get it all figured out, it’s just going to be a matter of patience and creativity.