Hurray! PCs will soon start up in seconds!
Do you own an Apple computering machine device? Well piss off. This won't interest you at all, unless of course, you fancy smugging one off over your PC owning friends.
Yep, this is about PCs and the news is that new computers could start-up in mere seconds thanks to an update to one of the oldest parts of desktops.
Now, we realise that 'seconds' could mean 'a year's worth of seconds', but rest assured, we're assuming that this means 'a very small number of seconds'.
This new upgrade will signal the end of the 25-year-old PC start-up software known as Bios which initialises a machine so the ol' operating system can get motoring. This code wasn't meant to be used as long as it has, and adapting it to modern PCs is one reason that they take so irritatingly long to kick in.
The new system is called UEFI and will predominate in new PCs by 2011, according to Auntie.
"Conventional Bios is up there with some of the physical pieces of the chip set that have been kicking around the PC since 1979," said Mark Doran, head of the UEFI Forum, which is overseeing development of the technology. "Compared to many other components, the rate of evolution of the firmware pieces has been phenomenally slow."