I answered a comment made on yesterday’s technology post with an analogy about computer’s and Bee’s. I wanted to expand that answer a little to potentially help people as they consider troubleshooting, but also as they consider connecting to and using remote applications. The analogy is quite simple, but it is also very complex, so I decided to put it out, as a post to give you a better and broader view.
First, think of the processor (s) in your computer as a flower. Your computer, depending on age and nature may have one (core) or two (core+ graphics) processors. The metaphor/analogy is that it is a single flower. Now, if your computer is running a 32-bit operating system, you have limits as to what the flower can do to improve its root structure and visibility for bees. If your e is running a 64-bit operating system, you have twice as many ways for bees to see the flowers. The problem of course then is the capacity of the flower to interact with bees and the type of interaction the bees require.
- Payment systems (Paypal, your bank, etc.) require more direct processor attention than do things like news sites (CNN or mSNBC). Unless you are watching breaking news via your browser (say Hurricane Florence live coverage) in which case the news station sucks up a whole lot of the flowers attention.
- The flower only has a limited amount of attention it can give.
- There are also a limited number of bee’s that can directly connect to the flower.
- The more bees you have, the more the bees have to wait.
- Some bees don’t like waiting.
As I said, it is a very simple analogy. Think of the bee’s you have on your computer right now (every open browser window and every other application you have in your system tray is a bee). The picture I’ve shared with this post is from my computer this morning. It shows everything that is currently a Bee. Add to that a couple of other factors, and you see why your flower sometimes wilts!
- Pending or required restarts that you postpone can cause your computer to deteriorate.
- Old or non-updated software performs differently depending on, of course, the status of the overall system.
- The what of all those Bee’s becomes critical quickly.
I have 5 Google Chrome windows open. That produces a level of strain on the CPU or flower that the bee’s talk to. It is a pretty big strain.
I also run outlook, that also adds additional impact on that flower.
Let’s talk about the bee to flower ratio to end today.
- 100 bees isn’t a bad thing. For windows, computers hit ctrl, alt and delete and bring up task manager. How many running processes do you have?
- If you have eight gigs or less of memory on your computer your bee to flower ratio (running processes) should be less than 50 to 1.
- The more memory you have and the faster processor you have, the more open things you can have.
- (32 bit OS) vs. (64 bit OS) means you need to cut in half the number of bees with a 32-bit flower.
- It isn’t that hard.
The quickest way to overwhelm your flower is to have a long line of demanding bees,
Are you aware of how many bees you are connecting to Virily?
When your computer is having issues do you check what you are running first?