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Intel Talks Hourglass Syndrome ''Computer Rage''

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 63 comments

Have you ever become violent over a slow computer?

As performance computer users, we hate to feel held back from accomplishing a task because our hardware is too slow. The little hourglass (or the spinning rainbow wheel) can sometime drive us insane when we perceive that we're able to work faster than our computers.

Intel cited a technology study conducted by Harris Interactive that revealed that 80 percent U.S. adults get frustrated waiting for their technology to load. Additionally, while waiting, just over half have done something in a manner inconsistent with their usual behavior.

In fact, 61 percent of U.S. adults admitted to yelling or cursing out loud when their technology can’t keep up with them, while others hit their computer mouse (29%) or banged on their computer screen and keyboard (24%).

Intel's taken this report's findings to push its new Core processors in some of the semi-humourous videos below.

Hourglass Syndrome

Hourglass Syndrome

Oh, and here's a bonus video that I remember from a much younger internet, before there were Flash-based video sharing sites.

Computer Rage on a Bad Day

Have you ever had your own fit of computer rage? Share your stories with us in the comments below!

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    alhanelem , January 2, 2011 5:55 PM
    lol on that last vid
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    VGKitov , January 2, 2011 6:00 PM
    Well I usualy kick my PC when it freezes/boots, for no apparent reason, once I got so mad I managet to crack the front plastic of the case (don't worry it a 5 year old cheap case)

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    N.Broekhuijsen , January 2, 2011 6:01 PM
    "ask your kids, if you have any..." :lol: 

    But the last video was still the best by far!
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    Kileak , January 2, 2011 6:02 PM
    Strangely, the only times I've experienced "Hourglass syndrome" was when I used Intel powered machines...
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    nforce4max , January 2, 2011 6:06 PM
    I can relate, I sometime hit my keyboard hard enough to see the dust come out from under the keys. I blame it on poor system I/O performance. Slow drives and poor bandwidth to the cpu are quick ways to piss me off when I am doing my gaming.
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    werxen , January 2, 2011 6:11 PM
    I tend to rage these days not because my computer is slow thanks to Tomshardware... but rather because mofos are head shotting me while spraying the AK from 50 feet away on Aztec. Can someone PLZ explain how this is happening again without hax?
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    nevertell , January 2, 2011 6:14 PM
    I don't have the hourglass syndrome, I have ubuntu.

    Seriously though, I haven't had a problem with my systems performance during actual work for the last half a year, the only thing that bugs me is how slow windows 7 starts up, not just the boot process, but, after it has initialized the windows manager/desktop environment, it still takes about 30 seconds to deal with the admin stuff.
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    NuclearShadow , January 2, 2011 6:14 PM
    As a very longtime PC user I would say that getting frustrated
    was a thing of the past for sometime now. Of course this is likely
    due to having to actually endure with the past and a simply perception.
    But I have learned to truly appreciate what we have today and look foward
    to what we will have tomorrow.
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    Randomacts , January 2, 2011 6:17 PM
    The "hourglass syndrome" is normally from a slow hardrive or fraggged up one not a slow processor.

    slow or little hurts it too.
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    boltimuss , January 2, 2011 6:20 PM
    Nah, I like to keep my job, plus I get the bonus of not having to pay my employer (after being fired) to replace the computer...
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    Onus , January 2, 2011 6:25 PM
    While I'm able to control myself, getting a SSD means I don't need to worry about having to do so. It's the best user-experience upgrade you can possibly apply to a typical PC (unless perhaps you're still struggling along with a work-PC that only has 512MB of RAM).
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    woshitudou , January 2, 2011 6:37 PM
    Maybe moving from that old expensive dual core Intel to a faster 6 core AMD athlon can help
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    ender06 , January 2, 2011 6:38 PM
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    danwat1234 , January 2, 2011 6:38 PM
    Get an SSD and have the stress melt away........
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    liveonc , January 2, 2011 7:05 PM
    That last one had me saying ctrl+alt+esc, use XP, or get an SSD already!
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    elkein , January 2, 2011 7:06 PM
    I personally like to abuse my keyboard, and it's something I have occasionally escalated. I give a command and if it starts taking an unexpected amount of time I issue another, no response, I'll dump on two more different items, still not getting my original request done? I'll just open two hundred more windows take that you POS. Don't like it out mr CPU, it's too bad you can't feel the individual keys breaking and flying when I break the keyboard over the edge of the desk. Bwahahaha
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    gti88 , January 2, 2011 7:31 PM
    Intel can shout out loud:
    "Oh, look! We have increased perfomance per core by 20% over the last 4 years! Yay!"
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    DjEaZy , January 2, 2011 7:57 PM
    ... it's not because of CPU...
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    youssef 2010 , January 2, 2011 8:01 PM
    I've done it all.I've kicked the chassis, banged on the mouse, banged on the keyboard, banged on the glass surface of my desk, punched the screen, and hit the sofa near me.Not to mention curses.
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    Anonymous , January 2, 2011 8:05 PM
    I no longer have "hourglass syndrome" after upgrading to a AMD Phenom II x6 1055t Overclocked from 2.8 just a bit to 3.6 GHz and a bottom of the barrel OCZ Onyx SSD drive and 4 gigs of DDR3 OCZ Gold @ 1600MHz. MUCH better than a Quad core. MUCH MUCH MUCH better than a Alienware m11x laptop that I hated so much after buying, the Core 2 Duo was so slow, I sent it back and got the XPS and both my Desktop and my laptop are finally faster than I can keep up! Yay! Bout time technology got as fast as were were promised!
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