I use a late 2010 15 inch MacBook Pro as my desktop PC. All my MacBooks have been pretty stellar performers, but this one (with a recent memory upgrade to 8GB) is just a flat-out speedy beast of a machine. It lives to kick ass and take process names. In fact, it is so much […]
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My MacBook Pro: Possibly on Performance Enhancing Drugs

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I use a late 2010 15 inch MacBook Pro as my desktop PC. All my MacBooks have been pretty stellar performers, but this one (with a recent memory upgrade to 8GB) is just a flat-out speedy beast of a machine. It lives to kick ass and take process names.

In fact, it is so much of a beast lately that I am beginning to suspect it has been hanging out with a bad crowd, maybe ‘juicing’ in the clubhouse when I’m out of the house, getting some of that PED (performance enhancing drugs) action on its innards.

Lately, I just never see the MBP even looking like it’s breaking a sweat. Just as a quick example, here’s what it was running a couple nights ago when I emailed the rest of the iSource guys about it:

— 8 spaces running apps: Chrome, Safari, Mail, Things, Evernote, Twitter, ITunes, Parallels Desktop with Windows 7 virtual machine running

— The Chrome browser had 28 tabs open

— It was also running the Amazon Uploader App – uploading 9GB of music my new Amazon Cloud Drive. And the Amazon Downloader app, pulling down some recently purchased music.

And …

Activity Monitor showed CPU idle time at right around 80%

And things were running quickly, pretty much as normal with no noticeable slowdown in any apps or actions.

Apart from the big Amazon upload, that’s pretty much a standard day’s work for the MBP, and it seems to be capable of lots more.

Anybody else suspicious that their MacBook may be resorting to PEDs?

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