In the coming months, the world's major PC makers plan to introduce a new generation of quick-start computers, reports the New York Times--a move that could prove very useful in classroom settings, where time is at a premium. "It's ridiculous to ask people to wait a couple of minutes [for computers to boot up]," said Sergei Krupenin, executive director of marketing of DeviceVM, a company that makes a quick-boot program for PC makers. "People want instant-on." Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Lenovo are rolling out machines that give people access to basic functions such as eMail and a web browser in 30...

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