OT: productivity and long computing delays
Wed Sep 27 21:50:29 CEST 2006
I'm doing something where I frequently but unpredictably (i.e. I can't
plan for it in advance) hit a snag that requires me to rebuild a large
project. The rebuild takes a couple hours. During that time, I'm
twiddling my thumbs and/or posting here, i.e. not getting anything
useful done. But the delay is not long enough that I can really
switch to another project for a while.
Anyone got any suggestions? How do you deal with this? It could be
mitigated with a faster computer (I'm using a 1.2 ghz Pentium M) but
the overall task isn't large enough to justify going out and buying
one. Anyway, I did the same build on a 2 ghz Athlon 64 and was
surprised that the speedup was only 35% or so. I'd have to get a
multiprocessor box to obtain really substantial gains.
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