A case for moving desktop motherboards to non-user expandable RAM and adding a user swappable GPU socketFeb 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM
TL;DR: buy a Mac Pro 2013 :)
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Installed the latest VS update releases? No add-ins or extensions?
When Apple introduced the app-store with the implication of smaller, more regular updates and download-only software it also dropped the prices of its software considerably: Final Cut Pro X was $700 originally, now it's $299.
...so I'm a bit surprised to see such charge so much for VS Ultimate - $4249 for VS Ultimate 2013 is a bit of a kick in the balls. I don't know if any of you lot remember the $29 upgrade from VS2002 to VS2003, and even then you didn't need to use VS2003 to target the latest OSes, you could even use VC6. But if you want to do stuff targeting 8.1 you need VS2013 - it seems a bit mean.
I live within walking distance to the Microsoft campus, and recently I discovered the cafeterias that remain open until 8pm, so I've taken to living at work now - only going home around midnight to go to bed. I've seen my productivity soar, but also I have a lot more time I can devote to myself - life is a lot simpler now that I don't have to go food shopping or cook anymore.
Microsoft employees actually get $200/month Azure credit - but it just sucks that $200 only gets you a single reasonably-powered VM. I think Azure VMs are still too expensive considering the hoards of VPS/VM providers who are often a third of the price of Azure - the redundancy services don't make up for the price hike.
WebGL in IE doesn't support custom shaders, effectively presenting a fixed-function graphics system - making it no different to <canvas> where websites can perform 2D graphical operations. There's no need to be paranoid.