Sometimes its just nice to get something new. The big boss and I had been talking for a while about getting a new computer for home. The last one we purchased was a white MacBook Core Duo (2GHz with 1GB of RAM) The ram has been maxed out at 2GB a few years ago and I beat the hell out of that thing. Its been through major development projects over its 4 year lifespan.
Recently, Jeff Atwood posted the following article talking about throwing hardware at a programming problem. I have to say, I agree as I’m sure many others do as well. One thing that you have to realize as a manager is the talent that you have on staff. If you happen to have 3 rookie programmers, there is a good chance that throwing hardware will not fix the issue. It will only disguise it for a while longer until you add enough users on the system that it rears its ugly head again.