Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 21:16 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "The most visible part of Windows Vista is the Aero interface, and while we can't deny that it looks very swish we find it very hard to get excited by a shiny new GUI. Instead, we're looking forward to new Vista hardware, which includes a new use for the humble USB memory key and much, much more. So what will the ultimate Windows Vista notebook offer?"
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by WereCatf on Wed 24th Jan 2007 11:30 UTC
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Swapping memory to a USB mem stick isn't really such a huge ground-breaking feature, IMHO. As many have pointed out, flash memory does wear out quite quickly if it used a lot. And the speed? Well, I'd suppose even a normal laptop hdd performs faster than a regular USB stick, plus it has more capacity, so what is really the point? Windows will use it anyway for swap. And on a desktop pc? Well, I know for sure that my hard drives are way faster than any of my USB sticks.

I'd rather say this is more of a clever PR trick: this sounds like a really cool feature to people who don't really know all the details and just hear the words "just plug your USB stick in and you get instantly more memory!". And of course, this seems like a totally new invention that is only possible with Windows. But in reality, it's been possible for ages..I, myself, have had to use USB flash as a temporary swap under Linux quite a good while ago already.

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