Has Moore's Law made us lazy developers?
So, my shower thought this morning: Has Moore's Law made us lazy developers?
Jumping back a sec to explain a bit, I was reading Plip's blog about how your windows look and the side bar application caught my eye. Being one that's always interested in more eye candy and nifty toys, I ran out and installed it immediately. I've been playing with it, and tweaking it for the days when I realized that it's taking up around 50MBs of memory.
I was amazed. I tried removing a few panels and modules and tweaking it down a bit. But, to no real avail.
And, okay, 50MBs is nothing on my desktop that has 1GB of RAM. But, still, when did this become acceptable? I understand memory usage is relative. And, with our old TRS-80's from when I was a kid has little-to-no RAM, but I just found this interesting.
It makes me wonder if developers these days still worry about writing as efficient code as possible and conserving as much memory as they can, or do they chalk it up to Moore's Law and just say, “Add more memory!”
Of course, this isn't a new topic. I'm not being terribly insightful or thinking a new thought or raising a new question. I'm just curious and reiterating the same concerns, I suppose.
Anyways, I'm rambling now...