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>> Hi, this is Rafe Needleman from CNET webware.com.
And I'm taking a look at the Asus P5E3 Deluxe motherboard.
Now at Webware we review Web applications, so why am I
looking at a piece of hardware? Well, I'll tell you.
This motherboard is hardware for Webware. Because this
motherboard will boot directly into Firefox, saving you
minutes of boot time if you're trying to get onto the
Web from a cold computer. Inside this motherboard is a
flash ROM with an invented version of LINUX that when
you turn on, you have the option of running, instead of
going Into Windows XP or Vista. From LINUX, there's a
big button from Firefox, you click that, and in 15
seconds you are on the Web and browsing. That's all
there is to it. You can skip Windows and the hassle of
starting your computer when you just want to do
something really fast. Now the advantages to this in
addition to speed are security. The browser operating
system cannot access the hard drive on the system. So
if you want to lend your computer to somebody else, say
you've got a guest at the house, they want to check
their Web e-mail, you put them in this environment, they
can't get on your computer and mess it up. Another
thing, it's green. Because you don't have to leave your
computer on all the time because you don't want to
suffer the penalty of doing the -- waiting for a
restart, you can just turn this computer on when you
want to get on to the Web and you're there. And when
you're done, you just hit the power button and turn it
off. You don't even have to worry about shutting it
down. You don't have to leave your computer on all the
time. Also, there's an imbedded version of Skype in
here, so you can use this as a phone. Just turn it on
when you need it, make a phone call, turn it off when
you're done. Now the downsides are this is the first
version of this technology built by a company called
Device VM. This motherboard is the highest-end Asus
motherboard there is. It's $360 and it uses the
super-expensive DDR 3 memory. So this is a very
expensive product to use to save money. But it is the
first, we think, of many products that will be using
this technology. We'll see it in lower priced systems,
lower priced mother boards, and hopefully very soon
we'll see it in laptops. Again, it's the Asus P5E3
motherboard now available at geek stores everywhere.
I'm Rafe Needleman from webware.com.
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