It seems to have taken a LONG time to arrive, but people are starting to throw serious development at embedding flash memory into computers - but this time for long term storage - in conjunction with and / or replacing standard hard drives.
For example: http://www.fusionio.com/
Now that would be nice... expensive, but nice.
Another few years and things should be faster. We can all hope can't we. Don't know about you, but I wouldn't miss the delay booting Windows!