I have to admit I don’t have a lot of patience. Maybe it’s the 8 cans of diet coke I drink a day, but I can’t stand sitting and waiting for a computer to do anything. So slow boot times drive me crazy. I have a dream that someday all computers will have instant on. I used to have an IBM Workpad z50 PDA which looked like a miniature Thinkpad and ran Windows CE 2.11. The operating system was too lame to use for long, but the thing gave you control of your desktop the second you hit the on button. Of course, any real PC takes a while to boot up and, if you count logging in and watching the hard drive whir, it can be a good minute or two from the time you hit the start button to the time you can start using the computer. Even in a world where every computer starts too slowly, the CloudBook stands out. I filmed the machine cold booting to get an accurate read of how long this system takes before it gives you control of the desktop. If you have some time, take a look at the video below and tell me whether I’m just impatient or whether you’d tear your hair out waiting for this too. In case, you didn’t sit there counting or just gave up watching the video before it ended, here’s a summary.
I can only hope that this is a software issue and that the version of gOS consumers are receiving doesn’t have these problems. As of this writing, I haven’t been able to reach the folks at gOS or Everex to find out whether maybe we got a bum operating system. At some point, we’ll install other operating systems on this unit and see how quickly they boot. On another note, the log in screen is an enormous pain. I consider myself a good touch typist and, most of the time, it takes me three or more attempts to correctly enter my simple password. This adds yet another layer or time-consuming frustration to the startup process.