In our time of contemporary software development, programmers don’t have to worry much about “disk space” or “processor time.” Those are archaic terms, especially as terabyte hard drives can be had for less than $100, and a personal computer’s processor may have as few as two or as many as eight cores. I think that as a result of this, the size or programs and operating systems has proportionately ballooned. Look at any edition of Microsoft Office. I wouldn’t be surprised if it has to ship on DVD, as it’s so big. When Windows 95 came out, it shipped on at least thirteen and as many as twenty-six floppy disks, depending on the version.
Thus it pleases me to say that the new beta version of the Google Chrome web browser for Mac OS X weighs in at fifty megabytes, which is half of the previous version’s file size of one hundred megabytes. Its increased performance and decreased file size are something for all software developers to strive for. Well done, Google!