If you follow my blog, it’s really not often that I give plugs for products or services. But sometimes, when your experience is just overwhelming positive, you just have to give credit where credit is due.
Three years ago, I brought a Dell Dimension 2400. It’s a 2.66GHz P4 computer–paltry by even by yesterday’s standards, but it was cheap…about $500. I brought it on a whim, and since then, it’s become my main development machine. However, I had only brought it with 512MBs of RAM…which I thought was more than enough at the time.
Enter Firefox 2 stage left. The elephant that easily eats up 230MBs.
Like I lamented before, I’ve been having productivity slow-downs due to applications using an extraordinary amount of memory. I was actually watching screens redraw itself because the swap partition was being exercised like crazy. I had sworn off Eclipse because I felt that for what I used it for, it was eating up too much memory. But at the end of the day, what room was left by Eclipse was taken up by Firefox 2.
In the end, I succumbed and went out to buy more RAM for my machine while waiting for Firefox 3. But it’s been so long (2 years) since I brought hardware, I didn’t know what to get. Kudos to Dell for providing easy ways to look up what RAM you need by its model number. I use to revel in being able to look up specs to find the lowest price, but I simply don’t have the time anymore. Dell was offering 1GB RAM for $109. Seemed reasonable. But I decided to check Mushkin.
I’ve used Mushkin since my sophomore year in college (8 years ago!), and none of the RAM I’ve ever purchased from them have ever failed so far. Believe me, RAM fails. Probably not as fast as hard drives, but RAM fails. And when it does, it’s the last thing you assume that has failed. As a result, you waste so much time in your dorm room debugging it instead of out there mixing it up with the co-eds.
I revisited mushkins for the first time in a long time, and I have to say that while they have a dizzying array of RAM from hardcore hardware enthusiasts (what I use to be), they also have easy-to-find components for owners of stock computer models (like for me now). Not only that, they offer the same type of RAM for $30’s less. Tres awesome.
Normally, if I just saw Mushkin out of the blue, I don’t know if I’d trust them. But having used them all these years, and given that their RAM keeps on ticking, they stand by their quality, however they do it. Not only is their stuff quality, but their shopping experience is a breeze.
So I’d recommend their stuff. If I get Mobtropolis to a point where I need huge servers, I know where I’m getting my RAM.
Ok, next time, will be more coding related stuff, as I have some interesting things to post that have been gathering in the queue. Stay tuned!