Do you remember the Amiga, Spectrum, Amstrad and so on, computers. They had the OS in the ROM in part, and they didn't have heat-sinks in their CPUs or Graphics chips.
I believe that 'Moore's law had a colateral effect : to maintain the idea of double transistors means double performance, they had to more strain on the CPU's so, a Pentium could need 8W of power ( I don't know the Motorola's 68K I think much less, because Pentium already needed heatsinks and a fan ), but todays uProcesors, use 130W ...
I believe that there is a niche for computers reliable : without heatsinks and fans, or moving parts. Hard disks are reliable, but ... they tend to get broken. Of course ... we have the exploding market of NetComputers ... and the past Geodes and Bobcat coming new our stores soon. But I think would be wise to make computers that :
- They didn't need heatsinks and fans. Heatsinks draws heat that at last is a problem that must be solved by another fan on the case if I'm not wrong
- They didn't had hard-disks. SSD instead
- Part of the OS could be in Flash memory and could be started without a huge OS. With basic and reliable BIOS at startup.
- You could transport your system on a Pen Drive or SDCard and start your configuration system on any PC available.
- GPU's ... the same.
- Instant on.
- Main focus on responsive interface, and reliable tasks ( The end of Ctrl+Alt+Del and killing tasks ). May be with Watchdogs on tasks ( Not jackofalltrades, but helps ). If we have to loose performance to maintain responsiveness ... then ... OK.
I would like computers that they didn't have to be formatted or cleaned ( Softly and hardly speaking). Closed systems, like the old ones.
The idea is to try to get the most IPC/watt compatible with todays PC.