As I write this, my laptop is loading Intellij Idea, restoring a database and untarring a 1.5gb directory. Everything takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r. Generally, I feel this machine performs slowly for a 4gb-dual-core-2+ghz machine; it feels just "like any old laptop".
On-access anti-virus scan seems the main culprit. It feels like someone has replaced a sprinter's track shoes with knee-high rubber boots (i.e. 'wellies'). In theory IT has configured on-access scan to exclude my highly used developer directorie (i.e. projects main directory and IDE working directory), but I don't really have means to control it nor monitor it. Only IT can configure anti virus.
This is a company-issued laptop, with IT-managed core software: specifically McAffee "on-access antivirus software."
- -Windows xp pro SP latest
- 7200 rpm disk
- 4gb of ram (yes, the OS can only access 3gb)
- McAffee Onaccess scan: Note that it "excludes" my "projets" and "Idea directory"
I've done the following
- run Soluto software to remove all the unneeded services (e.g. Amazon Downloader, Java updater, etc.)
- Defragment weekly
- try to keep my hard drive at 20% unused
- McAffee excludes my Projects and IDE home directory (in theory it should not drag down my compiles or deploys. )
- Can you recommend any other steps?
- Would upgrading to 64-bit OS, e.g. windows 7 help the cause?
- Can you recommend any other monitoring best practices?
I'd think about moving to linux and a faster filesystem, but need to run a sql server instance and outlook.