It's about 5-6 years old laptop
yup, it's only using 9 mb at the moment, which is fine, but it was at 30 mb earlier though (perhaps when it was doing the thrashing?).
I have 512 Mb RAM, and for a background service 70mb (or even 30mb) is a significant amount.
I realise most tech people (like, everybody here) will have a good machine. But the general public, no. There's a huge amount of people - casual internet users, non game players, who don't bother to upgrade their PC until it dies. And poor people, like me
But still, all these are people who use cash in the real world, and I think would benefit from Bitcoin.
So, I'm not raising this issue just for myself - I think if Bitcoin is to really take off it needs every possible drawback ironed out.
Normally I wouldn't bother coming to a forum to complain about something as trivial as this. I guess most file sharing software probably is far more bloated. But this bitcoin seems potentially far more important + useful than anything like that. It's not like a computer game, an unnecessary software you can go without, that we can just say "upgrade your PC if you want to use it".
[maybe this topic would be better off moved to the development forum? I really think this is as important as any technical issues]