Daily Archives: March 20, 2009

Starting up my Windows PC or laptop usually provides a good excuse to get up and make a cup of tea. It takes that long for the computer to boot, start-up programs to load and internet connections to be established.

We’ve written a lot about the new trend of netbooks and one feature they have popularised – a fast boot-up through a non-Windows operating system. This can be run as an alternative to Windows when users want quick access to email and web browsing. Phoenix’s Hyperspace and DeviceVM’s SplashTop are the best known. Read more

  • Steve Ballmer is still hopeful. The Microsoft CEO said he had not talked to Yahoo‘s Carol Bartz since a preliminary conversation when she took over, but that he still believed an internet search deal between the two companies would come. Meanwhile, despite news of acquisition talks between IBM and Sun, he predicted that the slumping stock market would make large deals harder to do.
  • Trying to escape from the shadow of Amazon‘s Kindle, Sony announced an arrangement with Google to bring 500,000 out-of-copyright books to its own electronic reader. That makes Sony’s virtual book store more than twice as big as Amazon’s – at least for now.

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