(Nearly) completely open laptop project launches crowdfunded production run

By Chris Meadows
April 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

In January, I covered the hardware hackers who had created a design to build a completely open laptop computer from scratch—including designing and building their own custom circuit boards. It [...]

Hardware hackers build their own laptop, tablet

By Chris Meadows
January 12, 2014 // 2 Comments

Well, there’s something you don’t see every day. On Makezine, hardware hacker Bunnie Huang writes about designing and building his own open-hardware, open-source laptop computer. He wasn’t [...]

The ‘$100 laptop’ is now a tablet

By libertyc
December 21, 2013 // 5 Comments

Whatever happened to the “$100 laptop”? On Engadget, Ross Rubin poses the question, looking at the original lofty goals of the OLPC to put computing in the hands of everyone for less than $100 [...]

Lego Mindstorms + Kindle + Laptop = E-book Scanner

By libertyc
September 7, 2013 // 3 Comments

Paging Rube Goldberg… Found via BoingBoing, Arik Hesseldahl has a report at AllThingsD about an Austrian university professor who has used a Lego Mindstorm kit to hack together an e-book de-DRM [...]

'Temporary' Surface Pro Price Cut of $100 Now Permanent

By libertyc
September 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

I called it earlier this month when I wrote about the temporary price cut on the Surface Pro tablets. I said I wouldn’t be surprised if the cut became permanent, and now it has. Check out the All [...]

Vision of the future, Microsoft style

By libertyc
August 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’m in the market for a new laptop, come Christmas, and a recent reconnaissance to Canada’s only Microsoft retail store, which happens to be 10 minutes from my home, was illuminating. I [...]

Technology: No Big Deal Anymore?

By libertyc
July 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

I posted earlier about the computer shopping that’s been going on in my family lately. Well, gadget lusts strikes again—the Beloved’s mother showed me a 900-page doorstopper of a [...]

How Has the Tablet Changed Your Life? Your Business? Your General Disposition?

By Brian Howard
April 17, 2013 // 2 Comments

It’s hard to believe it’s already/only been three years since Apple introduced its category defining iPad. On the one hand, it seems like only yesterday. On the other hand, for those of [...]

Seattle blogger defeats Apple in small claims court

By libertyc
April 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

Although this story isn’t about e-books directly, it speaks to the mindset of Apple, one of the major players in the e-book and portable device category these days. Blogger Seattle Rex posts the [...]

Hurdles Remain Before College Classrooms Go Completely Digital

By Paul Biba
February 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

That’s the title of a most interesting article in ReadWriteWeb.  Written by someone in the trenches.  Here’s an excerpt: If you were to visit the library on the campus where I teach, [...]

What writers write with, by Meredith Greene

By libertyc
January 26, 2012 // 9 Comments

My aging laptop, a trusty and wonderful device–on which I’ve composed five novels, countless articles, poems and pieces—is nearing the end of its existence. I extended its life expectancy [...]

Review: TruConnect prepaid 3G MiFi 3300

By libertyc
January 15, 2012 // 32 Comments

A while ago, I wrote about the idea of using a MiFi to retrofit 3G mobile web access to wifi-capable devices (such as e-readers), and I also mentioned the TruConnect MiFi pay-as-you-go service that [...]

Libraries launching Chromebook check-out programs

By libertyc
December 14, 2011 // 1 Comment

It’s nothing new for libraries to check out e-books to their patrons, and some of them even check out e-book reading devices. But the Palo Alto City Library is going to go one better: it’s going [...]

ASUS & Page Foundry launch Versent Books to deliver ebooks to ASUS customers

By libertyc
June 7, 2011 // 2 Comments

From a press release I received today: Fremont, CA & Barrington, IL (June 7, 2011) – ASUS, the world’s top 3 consumer notebook vendor, and Page Foundry, the leading provider of white [...]

Google introduces Chromebooks, Chromebook subscription plans

By libertyc
May 11, 2011 // 1 Comment

Google has finally introduced the Chromebook, with models from Samsung and Acer. Google’s developers explained there’s a fundamental difference between the Chromebooks and netbooks. Chromebooks [...]

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