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'[PIC] simple computing tools'
Nate Duehr wrote:
> For those that travel or don't have a PDA but *do* have a laptop and
> still use Outlook (i.e. your corporate PC), I saw a C|Net article about
> "pre-boot" software this week. One example of this "pre-boot" sofware
> is an application that if you hold down a key during your normal machine
> boot, it loads ONLY this application and not Windows. The application
> reads your Outlook data. So you can quickly open up a laptop and get
> your addresses/phone numbers, whatever -- without having to wait for a
> full Windows boot cycle.
Sounds nice, but I wouldn't have a need for that... standby and hibernation
work just fine for me, for years.
> The article mentions other "features" of some newer laptops like the
> ability to play a DVD without booting the OS, etc.
> Is it a trend? Smaller is better?
It seems to be a trend, but not "smaller is better". It seems that the PC,
and especially the notebook, is incorporating functions that used to be
executed by separate appliances. This makes some of the functions of the PC
predictable (like DVD or CD player), and therefore provides the possibility
for a simple hardware user interface that mimicks these appliances.
My friends Toshiba laptop can act as a CD player, it has buttons on the
front to control this without having the OS booted up.
Peter L. Peres wrote:
Peter L. Peres
On Fri, 26 Nov 2004, Justin Fielding wrote:
> My friends Toshiba laptop can act as a CD player, it has buttons on the front
> to control this without having the OS booted up.
Yes but I was talking about full size systems.
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