Friday, May 19, 2006

Can you do this?

I know that WinME can't and Linux barely can, can XP do the following at the same time:
  • transcode 20GB of conference videos
  • push 6GB through SSH
  • pull another 1.5 GB from HTTP
  • pull/share 300MB podcasts with BitTorrent
  • view Bloglines with Firefox
  • edit a text file (this one) with Vi
  • chat in IRC

The above has to occur without serious latency or interaction. Admittedly most of the above are text-based and/or tunable, but I'm wondering if XP can do it too. Yes, there are days when I don't use more than one side of the dual boot and, yes, there are good reasons to use XP. Just don't ask me to list them after 6 p.m. (As I write this, it's 8:30 p.m.)