But I get the feeling that I'm only measuring a part of the total user experience. After all, we use applications to do work, and the work component isn't being measured at the moment. The data types that I'd like to benchmark are:
- Podcast files: these are usually MP3 files, with several being downloaded at once, and each feed stored in a different folder, like iTunes;
- email folders: these grow by small amounts each day;
- Office documents: these are stored in multiple folders, and not all of them are current;
- Pictures/music: varying sizes, and many files in a single folder;
- Folders: a multi-level folder structure with varying numbers of files in each folder; and
- Database files: grow with use, and need to be repaired and compacted from time to time.
Update: after a really useful chat with the guys on the Wilders Security Forums, I have decided to use the BootVis trace utility in the next round of testing.