I'm writing this on a 1GHz G4 Ti PowerBook with 1Gb RAM. It's so old, I finished paying for it some time ago.
I might add that editing this blog posting is slightly more painful than I'd like, firefox's cpu usage is peaking at about 50%, which is ludicrous.
When I started my professional programming career I was well pleased to have a SPARCStation 5 as my desktop machine. Check out those numbers: 110 MHz! You'll still see those boxes occaisionally today (they're very well built), hidden away in data centers running some admin demon or other. For a while Sun sold headless SS5's as web servers, imagine that. At the time the thought of a "super-computer" grade laptop like the pb I have here would have been laughable. And now it's a crying shame that all this capacity is being burned up in the name of this sort of thing (95% CPU), clever as it is. Which is why I salute Ted for this little investigation, and find this survey of the art rather dismaying for its implications.