A lot has changed over 26 years - so why hasn't the way our computers boot? Brett Thomas takes a look at motherboards, Microsoft and transportation in the future as he questions the continued presence of the BIOS.
"The daze continued as I walked over to the computer I was requested to repair, and started doing the key dance for the BIOS. You know the one - you don't know whether it will be F1 or Del, so you tap them both in quick succession while praying to whatever deity you fancy that it's not some odd key like F8. I think they throw those in there just to make us look stupid. Anyhow, the BIOS screen flashed up in its bright yellow, blue and white with fixed-width fonts, and it hit me. It's been 26 years since the first IBM PC, but it still turns on with the exact same method - the BIOS. Forget highways, we're still using dirt roads."