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+ - Ask Slashdot: Built-in virtualization in desktops/

Submitted by moongate
moongate (917431) writes "I wonder why there is no built-in virtualization in notebooks or desktops. It would be so great to power on your notebook and get immediately — and without booting an os — some sort of GUI like Virtualbox where I can start and stop virtual machines. The whole hard drive would be the storage for virtual disk images and there could be Fn-keyboard combinations to switch between running virtual machines. There could also be the possibility to attach iSCSI devices. Joining WiFi networks or LANs could be done on the lowest BIOS-style host layer and every VM just uses the internal network. Sure, there might be difficulties like sharing devices over USB and gaming could be a problem because of the virtualized graphic card but this should be no problem in business use. An optimized operating system with a minimum of standardized drivers might be lightweight, very fast and super easy to share or switch between hardware."
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+ - Washing machine + Arduino = Laundruino->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Because his washer is located in the basement, Micha decided to connect it to his home network with the help of an Arduino + Ethernet Shield. It's a rather simple gut ingenius hack that saves him from stepping down the stairs all the time to check if the laundry is done."
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