The NY Time seems to be on a Vendetta against PC Boot time. Last Sunday the newspaper features an article titled: In Age of Impatience, Cutting PC Start Time. Today there is a story titled: 30 Seconds to Boot Up? That’s 29 Too Many.
Both articles are about the boot time of notebooks and PCs and that it actually would be time for instant on or always on systems. Smartphones are always on and somehow that does not translate yet into the PC world. There are new techniques offered up by PC vendors like the Asus Express Gate that are aimed at cutting down boot time.Booting up is not the only problem. I actually would like to start my PC instantly in the morning where I left it the night before. This would also motivate me to switch it off, when I leave the desk for an hour or longer to save energy. There is of course and there has been Hibernate, but it just does not work reliable on desktop computers and it also does fail on notebooks in my experience as well after using it a couple of times in a row. On top of that booting from hibernate state takes a lot of time too.
Booting instantly is really nice. Booting and connecting to the internet instantly is even nicer. The best would be to boot instantly and have all my apps running that I need running to do my work.
The sad reality today is that there are even special boot screens like the Vista Aurora (photo) that are supposed to help us pass the time while we're waiting to finally get to work. After finally being able to log in, the wait continues to launch all Office, Email, and Browser apps.
But maybe if all Newspapers and tech magazines run a story about how boot time sucks each weekend, boot time will go away eventually.