Because most people don't have the money for a computer that does what you do, and generally people would be daunted by how much you do at a time. Its also slow to navigate so many programs at a time, even with multiple monitors. I'm not really sure what that link has anything to do with this. Theres a website that helps you test that stuff without actually opening any of those browsers (except the 1 to view that website). Generally if you're a good web designer, if your website works on 1 browser on 1 platform, it will probably work on the same browser on another platform. A proficient designer will remember what codes work on what browsers and can often depict what it would look like. I'm not saying you don't have these skills, but presumably you don't if you NEED all those browsers running at the same time, all the time. It's much easier and more efficient to use a popular browser like Firefox to initially develop the website, then check it out on another browser later that day to ensure compatibility. That right there proves a hectic workstyle (if it works for you then fine, I don't care). It is highly unnecessary to be editing a video while you're also editing a website and then running a virtual machine to see that website. Just because the video or picture may appear in the website, it doesn't mean you need the website stuff opened at the same time. For an analogy, thats like saying you like to make chicken pot pies for a living but you want to make cookies for a special occasion, but you feel the need to make a pie when making those cookies, when you already have enough pies. Sure both the pie and cookies go in the oven, but putting them in at the same time is not making your life any easier. Why don't you just add more RAM and turn off the page file? That's what I do and it works great for me. And no, it doesn't take less than a second to alt+tab unless you're switching between the same 2 or 3 programs. It takes much longer to alt+tab a long list of programs than it would to start up a program that is already cached. Uh... what is YOUR point? You were saying that today's games can run better if you have more than 4GB. Well, DOS games can run better if you have more than 16MB. My point is nobody well-informed is going to buy more than 6GB of RAM for games when the games themselves can run perfectly fine and fast without that extra amount; why spend money on something you won't use? Going back to the baking analogy, that's like buying an extra jug of milk when you only need 1. Sure you could save it for later but what if there is no later? What if it goes bad (or for computers, what if you upgrade before using it). It'd be just as easy to have not bought it in the first place and get it when you need it. The only good argument against that would be "well what if the price goes up?" but thats clearly not a priority of yours considering that you probably spent a decent chunk of change for your setup right now. I have noticed that Chrome is more memory consuming per tab, but Firefox has the memory leaks. I know they've fixed some of that but idk if its completely fixed. You asked for it: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_hive/2010/12/open_this_story_in_a_new_tab.html Fair enough, it is very opinionated, however, your computer decides when there's too much when it decides to slow down and you already (relatively) have a lot of memory. It is possible to have too much of anything, no matter what it is. Seeing as how you're working in a professional environment, 12GB is a normal amount for things like multimedia. In fact, its VERY normal. 12GB for virtualization in the way you do it is actually kinda low. But 12GB is not necessary for the average home user and 12GB is overkill for web design (unless you want to chronically multitask). Actually, I didn't complain about this new tech, I think its great and something that needed to be done a long time ago. And you're right, people are entitled to do things the way they want. I don't have a problem with you having 12GB, because multimedia and virtualization need it, I'm just saying you could be doing things a lot more efficiently.