Counterbalancing Moore law

Microsoft found a way to prevent speeding of PCs

In 1965 Gordon Moore’ observed that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit (IC) doubles about every year. Later in 1975 this observation was adjusted, and he stated that the correct projection is a doubling every 18/24 months.

This means that the potential speed of a computer can double every 2 years. In the late 90′ we were already using graphic interfaces, browsing the internet, listening to digital music and watching and editing movies.

According to Moore law, after 24 years, the speed of our PCs should be doubled at least 12 times. This means that our PC should be 4096 times faster that the one we were using in 2000.

We all know that this didn’t happen and our digital tool are sometimes even slower than what we had several years ago. Where are the benefit of the Moore law?

If you have experience with installation of operating systems you can have an idea of the cause: every time you upgrade to the new OS you pc seems to slow down. Microsoft is quite good at this by always releasing new versions of the operating system and a plethora of patches (system updates) in order to correct previous errors, improve functionalities and strengthen vulnerabilities.

I recently bought a small fanless key PC in order to use it as a silent streaming device connected to my TV. I never really used because it was so slow it took ages to browse the internet. I decided to swap from Windows 10 to Linux, using UBUNTU full version. The small device started acting like a normal pc and became my favorite choice for entertainment.

Sometimes, instead of thinking about changing our PC, we should revert to more eco-friendly solutions like ditching heavy operating systems that suck all our computing power.