July 22, 2008
Is this the future of home computing?
A small $249 box with access to the web (and 50GB of online storage).
The Register reports that:
Start-up CherryPal is taking pre-orders today for its partly cloudy “desktop” that mashes web-hosted computing, going green, open source, and social networking into a 10 ounce box.
The (self-titled) CherryPal systems are $249, and surprisingly won’t require a monthly subscription despite the fact that most of its storage capacity and several of its features hosted in the cloud.
CherryPals are thinned-down computers running an ultra-low power chip from Freescale. They’ve got 256MB memory and 4GB solid-state capacity.
The future of computing?
What do you think?
July 18, 2008
According to a Gartner survey we are going to see the end of the computer mouse in the next three to five years.
The BBC reports:
It’s nearly 40 years old but one leading research company says the days of the computer mouse are numbered.
A Gartner analyst predicts the demise of the computer mouse in the next three to five years.
Taking over will be so called gestural computer mechanisms like touch screens and facial recognition devices.
With devices such as the Wii remote and the PlayStation cameras which allow you to interact with the game visually I can understand where this report is coming from.
We are still using the keyboard aren’t we?
July 17, 2008
Intel’s cheap and cheerful (and in my opinion quite ugly) low end cheap laptop is now available in the UK.
The Register reports on the £239 computer.
Dubbed the JumPC, the Small, Cheap Computer is based on a 900MHz Intel Celeron Mobile processor and the chip giant’s 915GMS chipset. It has 512MB of DDR 2 memory on board and 2GB of Flash storage – though you can select a 30GB HDD instead.
The unit has an Eee PC-style 7in, 800 x 480 display; two USB ports; 10/100Mb/s Ethernet and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. There’s a webcam too.
Oh it comes with a handle too!
It comes with Windows XP and is another entrant in the micro-laptop UMPC market which is having an impact on the UK educational IT scene.
July 17, 2008
Engadget reports on the release of Opera Mobile 9.5.
Today, it’s out for a beta 1 launch. In other words, it’ll be buggy but likely far more useful than the browser already installed on your touchscreen-based (PocketPC) WinMo professional phone. The initial release includes support for double-tap zoom, landscape flip, off-line page save, tab-like browsing, auto-URL complete, and a Google-search bar to name just a few of the 9.5 features.
July 16, 2008
43 Folders has posted a short review of the Evernote application for the iPhone (or the iPod touch).
I need to do a full post on Evernote here some time soon, because it really is a nifty little application for collecting, storing, and organizing practically any kind of information you can throw at it. The iPhone version is a stripped-down, all-business version of the app that will scratch an itch for Evernote fans who are fatigued by having to email everything to the mothership.
Having used it myself, it works quite well.
July 14, 2008
One of the issues that a lot of people have with YouTube is that the interface is not entirely suitable for all users.
Have a look at this example using one of my own YouTube videos.
The larger buttons make YouTube much easier to use for many users.
Thanks to David Sugden for the link.