Sometimes the world changes – again – and hardly anyone notices. As a case in point, we bring you DeviceVM.
This week the Silicon Valley start-up began touting Splashtop – a type of instant-on software package for helping users route around slow operating system boot times. With Splashtop, you hit the power button and gain almost immediate access to things such as browser (Firefox), VoIP software (Skype), DVD player, music and photos.
The applications for this type of software stretch across a wide range of consumers. You can see someone checking their web mail via Splashtop, firing up a movie on a plane or dumping their latest set of photos onto a machine without wanting to bother with the tortuous Windows boot experience and its associated power suck. (And, of course, Mac and Linux users can benefit as well, although they're less plagued than Camp Bill.)
We've seen rapid boot type systems before with Be providing a full, quick operating system and companies such as Microsoft and Phoenix working on displays that sit on the outside of laptops or even purses, pushing out e-mail, for example.
With DeviceVM, however, you'll discover a company that may have found the right approach for the right time.
BeOS, while magnificent, just couldn't find a broad market for a variety of reasons, and the Microsoft/Phoenix set has moved painfully slow their technology. (Your reporter, for example, embarrassingly published a story for The New York Times in 2004 that promised the quick access technology would ship broadly in 2005. Shameful.)