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2010-10-01 13:11:17

Updating one of the oldest parts of a desktop computer could help shorten start-up times to mere seconds. The upgrade will do away with the 25-year-old PC start-up software known as BIOS that helps the operating system get going. The code was not intended to last this long, which is the reason modern PCs still take so long to start up. BIOS' replacement, UEFI, will replace the ancient software in new PCs by 2011. The acronym stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface and is designed...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'