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 dpi on Mon 12th Jul 2004 11:34 UTC

"You didn't get my point though. Seeing the development in computing, booting shoudln't be nescesary at all. One hundred years ago, we used levers in front of cars to start them, now we use a key or chip. That's a huge improvement, I want that in my PC as well."

Those run a specific OS named TRON. Microkernel, made for a specific purpose. PC's like you have aren't made for a specific purpose (to say, a much more broader purpose), but yes, with a CF one could easily make a specific computer for a specific purpose. A firewall, fileserver, or something like that. Exactly what happens in the embedded markets. Or you buy it as complete solution instead of toying it yourself. Costs you more though.

Noise is fairly easy to circumvent. It depends per fan and HDD. There are silent fans, the computer could be put in a better case or different area. I, for one, only use silent fans and/or heatsinks. Together with good cases the problem isn't there, and i don't hear a computer when i'm sleeping. If you have a computer in your bedroom you might re-evaluate the place of the computer as alternative of the above.

"Yeah right."

Yep, very right indeed.
It is simple dude. It is NOT a fact OSes take long to boot. First of all its a subjective meassure: "slow" or "fast" in relation to what? Go build yourself a satelite receiver, Soekris or Openbrick wie OpenBSD / Linux and a CF, fast HDD and you'll see these boot up FAST (relatively to PC's). And please, do some research on what runs on those "faster" computers to see WHY they're so fast.

I stated a number of possibilities. There are a few other ones which are simple and straightforward. If none of those satisfy you, i'm afraid its time to chose one of the lesser evils, accept the truth, or start working towards a better alternative. Frankly, i don't see you're doing the latter here and beyond that i think it is actually YOUR shortcomming that you don't like to wait 1 or 2 minutes per day after you put your computer on.

PS: I read you are a Mandrake fan somewhere. Try Openbrick, it comes with Mandrake and support.