How to set up an ideal Raspberry productivity platform with Ubuntu MATE

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

After my long struggles to set up the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B as a Linux-based productivity solution and backup to my desktop PC, I finally hit on a recipe that meets my needs – which are, to run Google Docs and Evernote, with some Google Drive access, as well as LibreOffice and basic email. [...]

Unbricking and updating my Kindle Touch with Kubrick: No more failure

By Chris Meadows
September 22, 2015 // 3 Comments

In our last episode, I had spent something like an hour in chat with Amazon, only to have Amazon’s Kindle support division reach the conclusion that my Kindle Touch simply no longer had the ability to receive firmware updates, and I would need to buy a new one. Amazon was even nice enough to give [...]

CHIP Kickstarter makes full-fledged computer available for $9

By Chris Meadows
June 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’ve seen our share of rock-bottom-priced computers in the last few years—the Arduino, the Raspberry Pi, Rhombus Tech. But a Kickstarter project due to end in just under two days may have them all beat. Touting itself as “the world’s first $9 computer,” the CHIP system-on-a-chip packs a [...]

Ubuntu Phone sadly delayed yet again

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

I’ve been a loyal and – mostly – contented user of Ubuntu, the free open-source Linux-based OS produced by Canonical that’s one of the most popular Linux distributions available. And I have not been a casualty of the controversy and factional faceoff over its new Unity GUI [...]

Steam Machines: Pretty-looking boilers, but just full of hot air?

By Chris Meadows
January 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Last night at CES, Gabe Newell of Valve spoke for about seven minutes about the new SteamOS/Steam Machine initiative. 13 different Steam machines were shown at the conference. The controllers would be sold separately by Valve, and other companies could make their own controllers too. Newell said [...]

Cheap LCD tablets approaching reality

By Chris Meadows
November 9, 2012 // 1 Comment

It can be risky looking for a cheap tablet—as a woman found out when she paid $200 at a gas station for what she thought was an $830 iPad but turned out to be a rewrapped mirror. (Hint: if someone offers to sell you a 75%-off iPad at a gas station, there’s probably something suspicious going [...]

Raspberry Pi available for order in US with 10-12 week shipping delay

By Chris Meadows
July 1, 2012 // 1 Comment

Are you ready for your slice of Raspberry Pi? TechCrunch reports that electronics distributor Allied Electronics is now taking orders for the $35 computer appliance, with the caveat that it will be at least 10-12 weeks before it is actually able to ship them. And you can order more than just the [...]

CNet tries a slice of Raspberry Pi

By Chris Meadows
June 21, 2012 // 1 Comment

CNet Rich Brown has a hands-on preview of the Raspberry Pi $35 computer. Powered by a system-on-a-chip that gives it the same computing power as an iPhone 3G, the device boots from a distribution of Linux downloaded onto an SD card, and uses USB or network-connected drives as storage. Part of the [...]

Raspberry Pi $35 Linux computer to be available by end of month

By Chris Meadows
February 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

Raspberry Pi has announced that its first batch of $35 computers will be finished manufacturing as of February 20th, and they will be airfreighted to the UK immediately after that; they should be available for purchase by the end of the month. It has also gotten Broadcom to make available a [...]

OLPC 3.0 tablet revealed; will be shown at CES

By Chris Meadows
January 8, 2012 // 0 Comments

Over the last few days, reports and pictures have surfaced showcasing the new OLPC XO-3 tablet that will be debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The 8-inch tablet will cost under $100 for its target market. In terms of what’s under the hood, The Verge reports: In [...]

Raspberry Pi $25 computer runs Quake 3 quite well

By Chris Meadows
August 30, 2011 // 0 Comments

Remember the Raspberry Pi, the $25 computer intended to promote first- and third-world education one game developer is launching? The Raspberry Pi foundation has posted a video of a standard alpha board Raspberry Pi unit playing Quake 3 at 1920×1080 resolution. Though the computer isn’t [...]

$25 USB stick computer could bring computer science back to schools

By Chris Meadows
May 6, 2011 // 4 Comments

OLPC, Sugar on a Stick, eat your hearts out. Game developer David Braben has come up with a $25 ARM-based full-fledged computer in a USB stick form factor. The device has a USB port in one  end and an HDMI port in the other; if you plug a monitor into the HDMI and a keyboard or USB hub + [...]

Self-publishing Ubuntu Linux guide was an adventure, author says

By Chris Meadows
March 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

Author Keir Thomas has posted an account of how he came to write and self-publish an Ubuntu Linux reference book, after being spurned by a number of other publishers including O’Reilly who felt the profit margin was too low on inexpensive books at the moment. So Thomas decided to write and [...]

Paper flash drive concept could usher in new age of digital tzotzkes

By Chris Meadows
March 20, 2011 // 8 Comments

The Art. Lebedev Studio, the same folks behind the hyper-expensive Optimus Maximus keyboard (in which every key is a miniature, reconfigurable LCD screen), have come up with a design concept for a disposable paper USB flash drive. It’s just a design concept, and I’m not sure whether it’s even [...]

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