Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Jul 2004 08:45 UTC
Editorial This article describes some of my annoyances in computing. If you had any problems reading this article, then skip this one. It will only be a waste of your time. There are a lot of annoying things in the wonderful world of computing. Of course, nothing is perfect, but that doesn't mean we are not allowed to complain and scream and throw our keyboards at our monitors when yet another irritation pops up.
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by John Blink on Mon 12th Jul 2004 09:47 UTC

Very entertaining.

I agree about bootloaders. Imagine if you set partitions on a HDD, then a standard is developed for BIOS that detect these partitions. There would be no user concept as an MBR.

The bios would not display a OS/partition loader unless it detects two or more OS loader code bytes.

Each OS would follow this specification so that the BIOS (or whatever it is called in the future) would no that a certain partition does not only contain data, but also an OS.

Each OS would install its OS loader in its root partion not the MBR.

Therefore if you have multiple partition but only windows, you get no OS loader menu from the bios.

If Linux is on the third partition, the bios would detect that an OS exists on the first partition "WindowsXP", and on the third partition "Linux".

I wonder what MS and Intel are cooking up for legacy free PCs. Are they tackling these issues