New Software to Cut Computer Startup Time to Seconds


UEFI: Fast!

I remember in the early days when computers were still kind of a novelty item, they were slow.  Starting them up was slow, running them was slow, the internet was slow.  We didn’t really notice it, or at least I didn’t, because they were so new and we didn’t have anything else to compare it to.  I remember sitting for minutes on end, eagerly anticipating when the mysterious machine in front of me would complete whatever task I had set it to.  And we put up with it, because we were used to it.  There’s been huge strides made in terms of computer performance, and what passed for ‘normal’ years ago is now laughable.

However, the one area that still is kind of slow is the act of getting a computer started.  That’s set to change in 2011, when new software known as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) will predominate by some time next year  in new computer sales.  The old operating software known as Bios has been around for over 25 years.  It was initially planned to have be installed on 250,000 machines, by which point its designers just assumed that someone would come up with something else.  Now, when you power your computer on, it can be about 25-30 seconds before you see anything come up on the screen.  With this new software, it will take ‘less than a handful of seconds.’

I’m not going to pretend to understand the new technology.  But, I do know that I’ll be glad to have faster computers available.  Thanks computer geeks!

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