Here we go again
It's amazing how in these sort of articles written by people who should know better just blame the new technology without looking for the underlying causes of the problem.
SSD devices CAN (and ARE) FAR FAR faster. - Period. No if's No Buts they JUST ARE due to the specifications etc. Even the most blinkered cynic can't break the Laws of Physics.
Now the trick is in order to USE the inherently faster speed you need to ensure that 4 components have been correctly designed or you will get an effect of trying to empty a 100 litre tanks with just a pinhead size hole as the outlet.
1) The O/S can actually handle the faster speed -- this means the I/O sub system can service and process the Interrupts fast enough to avoid "Disk waits" which then entails "I/O retries" and longer wait times as the whole I/O request has to be re-executed.
2) The Hardware bus speed is up to the speed -- if you just bolt the SSD to a typical Mobo you won't get the performance increase you are looking for.
3) The actual hardware driver
is optimally designed for transferring I/O to the actual device in "Native SSD mode" rather than "Classical ATA standard mode"
4) The Bios (which Windows calls to actually perform the physical I/O to read and write the data streams) is also optimally written. Some older Bioses won't be able to take advantage of the superior SSD and ATA 3.0 specifications so your device will appear to the machine as a "bog standard" ATA device. This in conjunction with point 1) will actually in some cases make your device seem SLOWER than a decent standard ATA drive. This is NOT because the disk is bad but due to other factors.
As these devices become more common (they are good for laptops -- no moving parts, less power etc) the I/O routines, device drivers
and Mobo Bioses will be updated. Once these are all in place even now you should start to see at leas a 2X improvement in Disk performance - and as poor disk performance is usually the main cause of the vast majority of "unpleasant" computing experience users will notce very quickly the advantages of using SSD's.