Weekend project: Alternative OS

<![CDATA[Ever since I packed away my old Amiga A1200 I've been a Windows user. Starting from Windows 3.0 I've been through virtually all the evolutions — 3.1, Windows for Workgroups, NT, 95, 98, ME (eek!), 2000, XP and Vista. I've always favoured the universal nature of windows, with a tool for every conceivable task, overContinue reading “Weekend project: Alternative OS”

Clarification on ReadyBoost performance tests

<![CDATA[I recently received an email from John Marshall pointing out that everyone was reporting sequential write performance on my ReadyBoost compatibility chart, whilst the official requirements were for random write performance. I couldn’t get to the bottom of it on the web, so I emailed Matt Ayers at Microsoft, the Program Manager who’s in chargeContinue reading “Clarification on ReadyBoost performance tests”

Speed boost for the ReadyBoost chart

<![CDATA[Anyone who's tried to use the ReadyBoost chart recently will be pleased to know that I’ve given the page a bit of a speed boost. When I first put up the page it listed the compatibility of about 32 Flash drives. That list now runs to 880 devices and increases daily, making the HTML pageContinue reading “Speed boost for the ReadyBoost chart”

ReadyBoost: Compatible vs Enhanced

<![CDATA[Just a quick post to clear up any confusion on the ReadyBoost compatibility list. It turns out that devices which don’t quite meet the Vista storage spec may still show up as ‘compatible’ in Windows Vista (and in this list). Dave Pryce emailed to point out that the minimum spec for ReadyBoost is 2.5MB/s readContinue reading “ReadyBoost: Compatible vs Enhanced”

Kingston ReadyBoost Compatibility

<![CDATA[The ReadyBoost device list is still growing – 364 devices tested so far, 59% of which have worked with Vista ReadyBoost. Kingston have fared better than average with two thirds of tested devices working successfully. My own DataTraveler Elite has been running a ReadyBoost cache flawlessly for several months now. A few days ago IContinue reading “Kingston ReadyBoost Compatibility”

200 devices tested for ReadyBoost compatibility

<![CDATA[The Vista ReadyBoost compatibility list received its 200th submission today. The list now tracks the ReadyBoost ‘readiness’ of devices from over 45 manufacturers. Some fun facts based on the data gathered so far: A little over half all tested devices (55%) were confirmed compatible with ReadyBoost. The highest number of compatible device reports have comeContinue reading “200 devices tested for ReadyBoost compatibility”

Testing Vista ReadyBoost

<![CDATA[I recently ordered a Kingston DataTraveler Elite USB Flash drive to try out Vista’s ReadyBoost feature (previously blogged about here). It arrived in the post from eBuyer today and I decided to run a few semi-scientific tests to see what difference, if any, it made. Boot Times I timed Windows startup from cold before andContinue reading “Testing Vista ReadyBoost”