Thursday, September 09, 2010

Come on, Windows

Something has been bugging me for a while. Ever since I upgraded our old iMac to OS X 10.4 (Tiger), I've always been surprised, or rather, caught out, by the speed at which it boots.

At the same time, I've been impressed by the time it takes Windows 7 to boot to the desktop, on fairly modest hardware. Good work, Microsoft. This in contrast to a Vista laptop at work which seems to take an eternity to settle down after switching on from cold.

So, in the interests of Science (and geekdom), I undertook to prove, once and for all, that we haven't
really moved forward in the last ten years.

Of course, I'm not suggesting that a 10 year old iMac with a hockey puck mouse is better than a relatively new (if cheap) laptop. That would be madness.

But you have to admit, it's not too shabby either.