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picotux - the smallest Linux Computer in the World

"The picotux 100 is the world's smallest Linux computer, only slightly larger (35mm×19mm×19mm) than an RJ45 connector."

Laptop Overclocking

"Computer overclocking is a popular "underground" activity practiced by many computer enthusiasts who are looking for more computer performance. However, since overclocking generally raises heat and power consumption, it is considered a bad idea to overclock laptops. Regardless, if done correctly one can overclock a laptop to obtain a substantial increase in performance with little to no side effects."


Samsung Phone Offers Wireless Broadband, But It Has Drawbacks

June 23, 2005

"Starting today, Verizon Wireless will introduce in the U.S. the first Microsoft-based smart phone with a built-in keyboard that is about the same shape, size and weight as the Treo. This new phone, the $599 Samsung i730, has one major capability the $399 Treo lacks -- the ability to surf the Web and to send and receive email at broadband speeds."

Device Profile: Aeronix Zipit instant messenger appliance

Linux Devices
Jul. 14, 2005

"Aeronix used Linux to build a $99 instant messenger appliance aimed at keeping kids from tying up the family PC while chatting with friends. Naturally, hackers soon appropriated the device for other duties, such as remotely controlling/monitoring Sony's Aibo robot."

T3 - Elonex Artisan LX Media Centre PC

"PRICE £1000

Windows Media Centre 2005
Pentium 4 3.0Ghz
200GB hard disk
Dual digital tuners"


SiliconBeat: AlwaysOn's Tony Perkins to launch GoingOn

"As a member of Perkins' existing AlwaysOn site, you'll be able to expand your AlwaysOn profile with a personal page and a bunch of new tools. Within that same page, you'll be able to pop up the profiles of people you're interested in contacting, or, yes, dating -- and as we understand it, GoingOn wants to be able to do that seemlessly from other sites, including Friendster, Tribe and so on. It will apparently let you post blogs, photos, video to multiple networks and outside sites, too.

We haven't played with it yet, but the idea of full interoperability with member profiles of other sites is interesting. The others have been fairly closed; GO's platform will be an open standards platform.

We're not sure how they'll pull it off. Being interoperable is not entirely new. That's the vision of SXIP, a Vancouver company we last mentioned here. They sell a product that allows the same user name/password info to be used across many networks. SXIP is trying to get it adopted as a Net-wide standard. The only problem, we're told, is that it hasn't taken off, that very few people have bought it. So if Friendster/Tribe et al aren't using it, how will this work? Maybe GoingOn can jump-start it somehow. SXIP is still a young company. There's also Ping, of Denver, which does something similar."

Bystander Photojournalism Steals The Spotlight in London Coverage

"Pick-ups, the term that wire services and picture agencies use for photos they get from bystanders, are nothing new. Notable examples include images of the Concord crash, the explosion of the shuttle Columbia, and some of the images (including video) of last December’s tsunami in Asia.

Picture agencies scour aggressively for pick-ups, with hopes of finding exclusive photographs they can fetch high prices for in bidding wars. Until now, agencies and wire services have used mostly physical canvassing to find the pictures. For instance, they call every witness they can identify and locate, or they stake out airports or other gathering points where witnesses are likely to pass by."


Wired News: Never IM in This Town Again!,1284,67789,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_1

By Cyrus Farivar
02:00 AM Jun. 13, 2005 PT

"Instead of displaying simple "away from my computer" messages, Hollywood buddy lists now overflow with come-ons, from "need work" to "wrapping up shoot." Producers hiring for a new production can tell at a glance who's available now, who's not and who might be free in the near future.

"Ninety percent of my work is given to me through a pop-up (chat window) on my desktop," said Simon Foster, 32, a freelance production coordinator living in Santa Monica, California."


Single-chip DVD recorder handles two tuners: News from LSI Logic Europe

News from: LSI Logic Europe
Edited by: Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 8 July 2005

"Dual encoding allows DVD recorder manufacturers to offer market-leading features such as the simultaneous digital recording of two TV programmes while viewing live playback of one of the selected channels; an increasingly popular feature found in today's high-end digital set-top boxes."

"The DMN-8653 supports video encoding in MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 formats, as well as DivX certified encoding, which allows up to 12 hours of record time on a single DVD or hundreds of hours onto the HDD."


Mobile GMaps - Google Maps on your mobile phone!

"Mobile GMaps is a free piece of software that displays Google Maps and Keyhole satellite imagery on Java J2ME-enabled mobile phones or other devices."


OQO Model 01 Hits UK

"Bluetooth and b wireless"

"1GHz processor, 20GB hard drive and 256MB RAM. Firewire and USB ports are naturally part of the package"

Hush's M[mmm] Series

"What the Hush specifically brings to the party is silence. There are no fans in the system and heat is conducted away via a heatpipe to the aluminium case. The case itself is 13mm thick to guard against vibration and a dainty 90W power supply is all that is required to power the whole system."