I have been talking about this for a few years now: why isn’t anyone building computers that have flash memory modules on which Windows or any other OS can be installed and run from? Wouldn’t that bring us significantly closer to instant-on-ness-ity? Anyways, it looks like this has occured to someone else: motherboard maker Gigabyte. This new product isn’t flash based but rather takes regular DIMM memory, up to 4GB I believe which can be treated like a hard drive. And because it isn’t flash memory, and loses all that’s stored on it anytime power is lost, it has a battery built in that provides up to 18 hours of juice whenever your computer isn’t plugged in. Moving to North Carolina? No problem, that’s only a 7 hour drive.
Sounds great, right (well, to the 2 of you who understand this post)? Well, as it turns out they only observed a 1/3 loss in load times. WTF??? Only 30% faster? *sigh* My dream has been dashed.