Vista ReadyBoost

By Michael Flanakin @ 4:20 AM :: 1079 Views :: Technology :: Digg it!

I found out about ReadyBoost in an April post by Tom Archer. I have to say that the concept is absolutely outstanding. I love the fact that I can up my machine’s performance within seconds. This will be more significant by leaps and bounds when you can do the same on [semi-]public machines, too. Image being on a slow computer at a library, school, or even at the office. Typically, there's not much you can do besides grin and bear it. Now that we have, or will have, ReadyBoost, that can change. There's only one problem...

I'm typically working on a laptop -- I have 2 top-end laptops and I'm "supposed" to get another. While I can still use a USB drive to speed up my system, I don't like having all the extra tidbits to plug into the laptop every time I move from place to place. The whole point of a laptop is that you can pack it up in seconds and leave. It's bad enough that I have to roll up the cord, which is rather annoying. I'm not about to sign up to unplug 20 different things from the machine, too. Ok, so it's not really that many, but each thing you do have to setup/tear-down just adds to wasted time. I'm a huge efficiency geek, so I'm always up for anything that'll make my life easier, faster, and better. 5-10 seconds here and there might not seem like much, but it all adds up. I'm not going to get into justifying it. We all know it's wasted time, it's whether you care about that time at the end of the day (or year or decade or ...). Anyway, on with my suggestion...

After a few friends got Altoids tin-sized digital cameras about 4 or 5 years ago, I finally went out and got one. I love it. I would bring it with me just about everywhere. Because of this, I would have a lot of pictures to copy onto my computer using the built-in SD reader in my laptop. Now, with my Treo, which also has an SD slot, I'm using it even more. It's great. My 2 laptops, 2 cameras, and smartphone all use SD. I just got a 4 GB SD card to make things that much better. Now, I just wish ReadyBoost would work with my SD card/slot. The idea is seemingly capable -- well, Vista acknowledges that it's possible with the slot, but I don't know if any SD card will support it. That's all I want: SD ReadyBoost. Give me that and I'll be happy... for a little bit, anyway. This ReadyBoost FAQ did shed a little light on the topic, but I'm not about to go buy every SD card out there and have to ship them all back when they don't work as fast as I need them to for ReadyBoost. I guess the hunt is on...

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