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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RE: You can not do it in hardware
by DonQ on Mon 12th Jul 2004 20:23 UTC

Sorry guys but what you suggest about moving the boot loader to the BIOS simply can not be done.

Sure it can. There's little agreement needed - common protocol to add/change/remove specific bootloader into (flashable) BIOS. It doesn't be limited to 512bytes - 64K would avoid some booting stages already.
Such BIOS could be flexibly programmed - if today you can turn your PC on using CtrlF1 for example, then using such BIOS you could use 'W' to turn PC on AND start Windows, 'M' for Mandrake, 'B' for BeOS etc.

Just nobody (manufacturers) aren't interested in this.

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BTW, I have solution to all your keyboard/mice problems - ANY KEY. Well, not exactly a key, rather combination of turnable knob, pressable key and smtg like mouse. There's currently only one part missing - driver for it, able to guess, what action you exactly wanted... Otherwise it's usage is simple - you want run smtg? Press KEY. You want louder sound? Turn KEY (knob). You want draw a circle? Make smooth move with this thingy - KEY. You want enter text? No, you don't, this is too complicated for you anyway;) (Of course it would be possible, in next driver version.)