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