Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Apple removing the boot from OS?

From the Motley Fool: I think Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) going to be offering instant-on computers in the very near future.

I remember going to the Office 2000 release party in Chicago. Steve Ballmer was there and they gave the crowd a preview of Windows XP. In the demo they said (and showed) that the Start button would appear faster on the screen, in essence, a shorter boot time. This got them a standing ovation.

Since then we learned that even though the Start button does appear faster in XP than in previous OS releases it is still not a faster boot. Services and devices are still being brought online in the background and some systems need to wait for several minutes before the booting process has completed and then they can be used.

It would really be great to see a system and an OS boot instantaneously. That would be a huge step into the future. With memory prices dropping and technology advancing it would be great to see this sooner than later.

That being said, this is not just needed in the computer arena. When I turn on my Cell Phone it has a boot time. When I turn on my Palm it has a boot time. We need to see memory used more to preload the services that are needed to operate all kinds of devices. Once we have that who knows were we can go...