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I shun websites with flash since flash is extremely annoying (doesn't integrate properly with your browser, can't save passwords, no proper bookmarking, looks horrible etc. -- web sites should run mainly server side instead of offloading things to the user, and effects are much more efficient with ajax). Video decoding doesn't need a multi-core processor (I can watch films fine). I use Gimp and it works fine on single core, only some filters take a bit long to work, but I'm not a heavy user of photo stuff anyway (If your doing professional video and photo editing that's another thing, but I did say that this is for a __normal__ user). For low-latency audio recording your better using dedicated hardware, and multiple cores don't change the latency much, only the processing power of what is coming in. And multi-tasking definetely doesn't need multiple cores: I run firefox (3 windows, 30 tabs) + Kontact (mixed diary + email etc.) + KOffice + a few instances of kpdf and my system is still fast, despite me having 1 core and "only" 1Ghz. Most __normal__ users won't need to do the tasks mentioned, and therefore don't *need* to have such powerful processors.websites with heavy Flash content, video decoding, audio encoding, Photoshop and other picture and video edit software, low-latency audio recording, leaving processing power to other tasks(only when the app doesn't take all the available threads though, dual-cores with multi-threaded apps suck when trying to multi-task)
If you're under windows that's a different story though. The same laptop under windows is almost unresponsive even with just a browser... There I can understand the need for multiple cores. If you don't have an efficient system then you'll have to compensate by getting a powerful system.
And just for perspective: I do have another pc at home with a modern dual core processor (can't remember exact specs, but its one of those E2200 processors): it hardly feels faster than my laptop in normal use, under windows it even feels slower.