Light as a Brick

Our PCs are more powerful than ever, so why do they feel so slow? It might be that our expectations have increased. Or, it might be the applications installed on them. A new PC today has one million times (4GB vs 4KB) more RAM than the earliest computers. Creating a program back then meant optimizing every line of code. Today, faster computers have enabled programmers to get sloppy. And sloppy code means slower computers.

Symanted launched the new “lighter” version of its Norton 360. Users had complained that after installing the previous version their “PCs experienced severe performance troughs.” It seems users are starting to push back on sloppy software, telling the software industry: I bought a faster computer so my computer would be faster—not so you can write bloated software.


About Gleb Budman

Gleb Budman is a co-founder and has served as our chief executive officer since 2007, guiding the business from its inception in a Palo Alto apartment to a company serving customers in more than 175 countries with over an exabyte of data under management. Gleb has served as a member of our board of directors since 2009 and as chairperson since January 2021. Prior to Backblaze, Gleb was the senior director of product management at SonicWall and the vice president of products at MailFrontier, which was acquired by SonicWall. Before that, he served in a senior position at Kendara, which was acquired by Excite@Home, and previously founded and successfully exited two other startup companies.