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April 13, 2010

The Gates’ Breath meets the Hourglass Syndrome

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Consumer, Internet, Media, Online

It was back in August 2008 when I first mentioned my frustration at what I called the Gates' Breath, in Just wait a Gates’ breath.

Now the brainy people at chip manufacturer Intel have revealed figures on a similar condition that's called Hourglass Syndrome.

The Reuters story Stressed by slow computers? You are not alone (Friday 9 April 2010) talks about the frustrations people experience in waiting for the computers to catch up with their actions.

"We found that 41 percent of adults said they are waiting for the computer to catch up with them and they are stressing out while waiting," said Agnes Kwan, of Intel which develops processor technology, said referring to survey results.

The increasing use of Facebook, Twitter and some music and video websites (no doubt including YouTube) were all causing problems for slow computers that struggled to keep up.

A Harris poll for Intel of 2,315 people in the United States found the average computer user was spending about 13 minutes a day waiting for their technology to catch up, which adds up to a total wait of about three days a year.

The clever folk at Intel even created a video to highlight the problems caused by Hourglass Syndrome.

Naturally Intell is using the research to plug its new, faster chips, as revealed in the company's blog posting Hourglass Syndrome: Do You Suffer? (Thursday 31 March 2010).

Of course, another solution could be to develop websites that don't take up so much of a processor's grunt.

No matter what machine I use these days it seems to take longer and longer to access content on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and a host of other news and information websites.


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