Virtual Shrimp

October 24th, 2006  |  Published in etc

It’s easy to forget that when Windows XP came out, computers with a mere 256MB of RAM weren’t that rare. In fact, the first batch of XP preinstalls we got at the high school I worked at were on 256MB machines. Worth keeping in mind when running Parallels Desktop, which will ask for just shy of half of my 1GB of RAM when installing a new Windows VM, especially when running it for little more than access to Internet Explorer. 256MB is plenty with the eyecandy turned off, and it makes for a more responsive machine overall. I’d love to see it running on a 2GB machine with half a gig devoted to the VM. It might stay up all day long.

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