On Fri, 26 Jun 1998, Tom Owad wrote:
I belive Apple's Newtons have the OSes in
ROM. They certainly do boot
quickly and a chip swap is need to upgrade the OS.
Later Newts, including the eMate, are flash upgradable. A quick boot
doesn't require a ROM OS, though. Windows is a slow booter even when
ROM'd, but battery-backed RAM gives many portables an instant boot even
Of course, if you have a GRiD Compass with bubble memory, you get an OS
that acts like it's in ROM, but bubbles are writable.
Yes, and bubbles rival floppies for speed. There's a _reason_ why
that innovation didn't catch on.
They say that politics makes strange bedfellows.
Of course, the main reason they cuddle up is to screw somebody else.
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