Jim Buzbee writes: "Thanks to the Google Macintosh Team OSX users now have a port of the Linux File System in User Space
(FUSE) to play with.
MacFuse brings along support for NTFS, CryptoFS, SSHFS and others to the Mac platform. Kudos to Google!"
"Instant-on" PCs aren't new. Take a look at the Soyo SY-P4VAL version M (I think this was on Slashdot before but I don't have a link). The built-in BIOS "media center" software lets you play MP3 CDs, audio CDs, VCDs, DVDs, and watch TV. It's only ~$130, as opposed to $2500 - $2600.
Granted, this article is about a laptop with instant-on capabilities, which is of course cooler and more expensive.