Archive for October, 2009

Programming VS Movies

When fully charged, My MAC battery lasts for about 5 hours when watching movies. I normally use VLC player and not QuickTime. Last night I checked, when fully charged I can watch three 90mins movies and still have about 20mins or less left on the battery.

But today I was running Netbeans, and when doing so, I also try to run as little applications as possible, just iTunes(I love to code and listen to music), Thunderbird(in case I have any incoming mails), Adium(Although I always put myself in invisible whenever I want to do serious coding), Colloquy(IRC, can I do without it?), and Safari(for javadocs). The apps I dont run when I am coding are Tweetie, Notes, NeoOffice, Preview, TextEdit. Most or all of these are usually opened whenever I am not coding.

So today, I run Netbeans as usual and Firefox. I didn’t run thunderbird, I didn’t run Safari, Adium was not opened, neither is colloquy…I actually wanted to code, and nothing more. To my wildest surprise, from fully charged to empty is a trifle 3hours 40mins(give or take 10mins).

So not only did coding have a high mental effect on humans…causing our minds to run at full speed. It does same to machines too. Maybe its the key presses, or the continous process of building and running and testing and building and testing and runing etc, or what exactly could make coding more battery hungry than watching a movie?.

I wonder.


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