How to Build a Green Instant-On PC

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    Frank Ohlhorst

    | Posted 2008-08-22
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CHANNEL INSIDER LABS: How to Build a Green Instant-On PC

Bringing It All Together

Express Gate is enabled in the system BIOS, where the user can select how long a splash screen displays upon turning on the system. We set our splash screen to 10 seconds. The idea here is to turn on the system and, once the splash screen displays, be able to choose to either run the Splashtop operating system or bypass Express Gate and load Windows Vista x64 (or the native operating system of choice). Express Gate does an excellent job of identifying the hardware and can be configured to save a user's settings.

In our case, we changed the Splashtop Firefox  browser's default page to a Gmail account page and added tabs to the browser for Google Calendar, Google Docs and a few other commonly used Web sites and applications. Express Gate was able to save those settings, and from then on, whenever we cold-booted the system, a simple click on the "Web" icon on the Express Gate splash screen would bring us to our Web applications in about 7 seconds with our configuration. To accomplish the same task under our native operating system (in this case, Vista x64) took roughly 1 minute and 45 seconds, and that was with the system configured for the fastest boot possible.

For those who rely on Web-based applications and use Firefox, Express Gate could quickly become the operating system of choice. Express Gate also offers IM, Skype and other popular applications, which are all just a click away on boot-up or while running the Splashtop operating system.


 

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Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com
 
 
 

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