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The "hibernate" option in a Windows shutdown copies the
memory to the hard drive, and when the machine is
restarted, it loads the image where the user left off.
Proposed is a default memory image, stored in a clean
that loads when the computer is started. Minimal checks
could be made
on startup (like whether hardware is still
present), and a "real" bootup could be done if anything
off. (The snapshot would be refreshed after a long boot.)
This will provide a fast boot while avoiding boot-to-boot
memory leaks and resident programs.
||I may be showing my ignorance here, but isn't this pretty
what the iPad does?
||yeah, I think thats what an iPad can do, not to
mention the iPhone, and the iPod Touch. From
memory, havent used any three of them in a while
||But still a good idea :D
||While an ok idea, something I've often wished for is multiple hibernation slots. Quit working on one thing, boot up into a completely different session, swap between them at will, etc.
||issa good idea, except any programs that use date/time may be thrown off.
||//Minimal checks... like whether hardware is still present//
That's always annoyed me: how often do you change out hardware ? yet eeeeevery time you boot the hardware has to check... then the OS has to check again.
||<note to self: while either maple-syrup or bacon is a welcome addition to any meal, maple-bacon doesn't belong in spaghetti sauce... just sayin'>
||// Quit working on one thing, boot up into a
completely different session, swap between them at
will, etc.// I know nathing about hibernation, but
on Macs you can create multiple "Spaces". For
instance, you can flip between your "Work" space
and your "Home" space, and this seems to do what
you want to do.
||No what this is a like virtual machine boot. It is
useful for secure machines to do banking, but
annoying for the rest of the time. This isn't what
the iPad or iPhone do as they keep the programs
running and never really hibernate, just doze.
This is what a Chromium machine does. The
problem is that people like the machine to store
little bits of information between sessions, like
that you had Word open, etc. Ask yourself what
settings are in the default memory image and how
do you get it to subtly modify the default image
each time to get you to continue your work.
Google tries it by storing all your settings in the
"cloud" and that works for all your cloud like stuff,
but if you were in the middle of tweaking a photo
in Photoshop, you probably want to continue
where you left off when you come back, not find a
perfectly clean desktop waiting for you. Also this
has issues for security and software patches, but
that isn't too bad as even if you got a virus, it
would vaporize as soon as the machine
So, baked in Chromium and VM and a bit annoying
even there. (-)
||[Max] the thing with spaces is that I'm fairly sure most of it remains in RAM.
||On this little windows laptop, if Photoshop is taking up several gigabytes, and I start browsing the web, it's fairly slow but noticeably speeds up if I close photoshop. This is because it started using virtual memory (using the hard drive as RAM).
||Many programs have an option to move their working memory onto the hard drive when minimised, which is great, but rather than relying on every single program correctly managing itself, it'd be far more convenient to just throw an entire session onto the hard drive and boot up another.
||That's why you should upgrade your laptop to 6GB of RAM.
I have never used pagefile (dumping RAM to hard drive) and
I have so much left over that I can store whole programs in