We are at the point of the "instant on" machines. I realize the storage capacity issue is still a bit of a problem, but if you have a desktop unit there's tons of space inside the box going unused with the advent of terrabyte hard drives. Why not a burnable EEPROM OS? I know M$ is sending updates almost weekly but if you mirrored the OS on a hard drive and then 'burned' the latest into some sort of fast ROM you'd have "instant on".
I have an old digital camera that takes several second to save a picture and a new one that does it almost instantly so the memory chip technology seems to have come a long way in a couple of years. I'd gladly add twenty or thirty seconds to an update for the instant on ability.
I would add user specific data to the instant on as well so that as soon as I log on I'm up.
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