Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Nov 2007 23:14 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems There's absolutely no reason you should be waiting the three-plus minutes it takes your computer to boot up Windows, says Woody Hobbs, CEO of Phoenix Technologies. And indeed, if Hobbs has his way, you may not have to endure those waits much longer. Phoenix says its new technology, HyperSpace, will offer mobile PC users the ability to instantly fire up their most used apps - things like e-mail, web browsers and various media players - without using Windows, simply by pressing the F4 button.
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RE[3]: The point?
by rayiner on Tue 6th Nov 2007 02:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: The point?"
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Here's a newsflash for you: after using Windows for many years, but not allowing everything to run in the background (Check for updates for this app, etc. as well as all spyware or such) Windows doesn't degrade in a significant way, especially if you run the defragger once a month

Newsflash for you: all those provisos invalidate your point for 99% of users out there. Phoenix's technology might not bring any benefit to the 1% of people that can take care of a Windows machine, but that hardly matters to them.

Windows isn't nearly as bad as you'd like to imply: it all comes down to understanding and preventing all the crap that people typically install from getting stuck in the startup sequence.

Windows (as a platform --- the OS plus its apps) is bad because it requires that kind of TLC to perform well. The normal use-case is with an inexperienced user. If a product cannot cope with "expected wear and tear", it's flawed by design.

Windows apologists complaining about "stupid users" always strikes me as entertaining. "If users weren't stupid, Windows would be great!" It's like saying "If we didn't have gravity, designing airplanes would be easy!" Bitching about reality is pointless. Users are what they are and gravity is what it is. A product can only be judged by how well it functions in the context of reality (which can be a surprisingly hard concept for people to grasp). Yeah, designing products to accommodate reality is hard, but that's why engineers get paid the big bucks, right?

Edited 2007-11-06 02:14

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