Why I Need More Than 16GB RAM @apple @timcook


This is a screenshot of my desktop as it exists at the time of this writing.

As of right now, I have the following programmes open on my Macbook Pro:

  • TextEdit
  • SpiderOakOne (suspended)
  • Google Chrome (dozens of suspended tabs)
  • Google Hangouts
  • VM for Work (Windows 10, Outlook, Jabber, Edge)
  • MacJournal
  • TweetDeck
  • Google Chrome Canary (dozens of suspended tabs)
  • HipChat
  • MailMate (almost 10k emails, about 500 unread)
  • VMware (one or two machines open for work, usually only one though)
    • connection to ESXi server(s)
  • Exodus Cryptowallet
  • Vivaldi Browser (about a dozen tabs)
  • VPN Software
  • Calculator
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Apple iTunes
  • TrueCrypt

Programmes running in the background:

  • MegaSync (suspended)
  • Google Drive Sync
  • mInstaller (suspended)
  • Alfred 3
  • TotalSpaces (it’s what gives me back the 4×4 grid)
  • TotalTerminal
  • TotalFinder
  • f.lux
  • SpamSieve

What I also sometimes have open additionally:

  • Word in the Work VM
  • Word natively
  • Slack

Programmes I can’t use without closing a number of others:

  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Mist Ethereum Cryptowallet
  • Facetime
  • iBooks Author
  • Slack
  • Anything else in any VM that I might want to use

Yes, theoretically I could do without some of those. I don’t need to have so many tabs, but as I suspend them with “The Great Suspender”, they don’t take up memory unless I un-suspend them. (The fact that I need that also says that I’m working to manage memory, something I shouldn’t have to be doing.) I run more than twenty VMs for work, and though most of them are on separate servers, I still need to manage them, and the ones that are local still need to be run for day-to-day work and/or maintenance and/or demonstrations.
My Mackbook Pro is the late 2013 model, so I have a 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM. I’m constantly having to free space on the hard drive, and obviously as you’ve seen in my previous post on this site, I’ve run out of application memory (meaning I’ve run out of RAM!) on at least one occasion. (It’s not the only one, but the only one for which I was able to grab a screenshot.)

With a machine, you should be able to spend your time working, instead of maintaining the machine. The maintenance that I have to perform on this Macbook is starting to outweigh its benefits. I was hoping to be able to upgrade to a newer Macbook Pro with more RAM, but sadly, Apple is not making that a possibility. I will likely have to consider going to a Lenovo with 64GB RAM. That will also give me Xeon processors and more storage space as well, and I can put Ubuntu on that, and still obtain the powerful features that I’m used to using with *nix (as I use the command line on the Mac almost as much as the GUI) while reducing the maintenance considerably.

I consider this an unfortunate turn of events, as I really liked being able to run OS X one Mac hardware. However, as Apple is leaving behind “power users” and instead going on a quest for laptops that are ever thinner (why?) I’ll likely have to make the switch back to “PC” hardware.