Somehow, I find the idea of having to load the OS from a disk to be bastardized. Since the days of RAMAC in the 1950's most "big" computers had to load part or all of their OS from a mechanical device. And it has stayed true even today.
First now, with SSD's almost ready for mass commercialization, are we seeing a return to the proper way of loading programs on the PC. The proper way being loading the OS from a device with no moving parts. Classic game systems have done this for years. Even before there was a program to load!
How long does it take for a VCS to boot? Anyone ever build a test-bed to time the interval between power-up and on-screen activity? Gotta be milliseconds. I was gonna mention Intellivision, but you've got a title-screen. An artficially-induced delay. Perhaps the first form of spam (shoving the copyright screen in your face) for home systems. Spam! .. because you can't click past it.
And the funny thing is is that tablets and smartphones, complete systems in and of themselves, have been doing SSD-style loading for years! No wonder the PC market is lagging! Ha!
Though I wait for the day when a complete OS is shadowed in such a way that it doesn't take any time whatsoever, no CPU cycles or anything, to start. Like an Apple II with DOS on a romcard. You bank-switch the bastard in or out for instant availability.
Edited by Keatah, Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:54 PM.