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 libertyc
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 [...]

Divided we stand, Unity-ed we fall? Why Microsoft should pay attention to the history of Linux

By libertyc
October 28, 2012 // 8 Comments

Here it is at last, folks—a brand new operating system for the iGeneration! Straight from the market’s leading software manufacturer, specifically designed for tablets and smartphones, it’s free from all that tiresome text and crammed with brightly-colored blobs! Move them around, tap them, [...]

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

By libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 [...]

John Scalzi reviews the Cr-48 and ChromeOS

By libertyc
March 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

In contrast to my review of Jolicloud from the other day, John Scalzi has posted a review of the other popular cloud-based operating system. Google sent him a Cr-48 with ChromeOS to try out, and he has set down his thoughts. Scalzi found a number of things to like about the hardware, and liked how [...]

In valuing work, social relationships can be more motivating than money

By libertyc
February 26, 2011 // 0 Comments

In reference to my post a few days ago about free on-line writing possibly devaluing paid prose, an interesting post came my way from Mary Hamilton at her Metamedia blog in which she talks about unpaid work versus paid from a standpoint of social relationships. Hamilton cites a chapter from a book [...]

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