I did some research and decided to try the Windows 7 feature called ReadyBoost. Basically, you put in a USB or SD card and the system puts the swap file on it, thus speeding up the system. I have seen mixed reviews of the effectiveness of this technique.
I found the fastest USB thumb drive for my workstation and fastest SD Card for the Asus netbook. After I did the SD card, I realized the max swap file was 4 gigs, so I only only got 4g instead of 8g on the USB drive. I plugged them both in.
I don’t know what I was expecting. A sudden increase in speed? I guess it was anti-climatic. Here is my advice to the Windows ReadyBoost team. When someone uses Readyboost, it should ask the user if they want to run a few days of benchmarking to see how effective the feature is. In other words, they need to provide some feedback into how it’s doing.
This could be a screen that shows performance improvements. It could mean delaying the execution of the feature for a few days to run baseline tests and then enable it and compare. I am just saying that I seriously have no idea if it’s working or not. For all I know, it might not even be enabled right.
Lesson: When you have a feature that only works invisibly, you need to provide some feedback to the user to let them know it’s working right. Otherwise, they won’t appreciate the feature.