Category Archives: Hardware

Internet Tablets for Education?

What do educators think about students using mobile internet devices for education? For example the Nokia 770.

Its an internet tablet with wifi built in, 800×480 touch screen, Linux based OS, bluetooth, Opera web browser, GTalk (VOIP), IM, email client, word processor, and I’ve even seen a Citrix client for it. Keyboard is not included but has been known to work via bluetooth. Retails for $359.95 USD.

I haven’t used this device but I thought it could be handy. Here are more URLs about it.
http://maemo.org/maemowiki/ApplicationCatalog
www.internettablettalk.com/

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Runing Windows on a Intel Mac

Yes you read that title correctly. The new Intel Macintosh computers that were announced yesterday by Steve Jobs should be able to run Windows. At first it may not be very easy to do so. But in time, that hurdle will be overcome. See the article, Microsoft, Apple Sign 5-Year Software Pact.

What does this mean for activism, specifically media activism? At first look this means that we’ll have access to ALL of the powerful Windows and Macintosh software on one machine. This is huge! The reality is both operating have unique strengths. It’s an exponential power increase. This new power jump can really help activists.

Will Mac OS X run on a PC? Not any time soon. This is disappointing. Especially for bridging the digital divide. PC hardware tends to be less expensive. It’s what tons of schools and community technology centers have. But those machines will get old and unusable eventually. If you’re responsible for purchasing new computers, and are on a tight budget, consider buying or finding donations of the Apple Mac Mini. It doesn’t have an Intel chip yet but will soon. Once it does you’ll have one very small computer that is relatively inexpensive, can run Windows and OS X, and will be an extremely powerful tool.

In the near future computers will be so cheap and powerful that we can only dream of the RADICAL change we can bring upon the world with a few key strokes. (BTW… this is a good thing. Change is good.)

Apple multi-button mouse

This post has nothing to do with activism… Enter the Apple MightyMouse. I must say this really feels like the end of one era and the begining of another. During One Button [DOB] and After One Button [AOB]. Yesterday we had only one button on the Mac mouse. Today we have a scroll ball, two buttons on the sides, and the good old single button in the middle. The Unix geek in me belives that Darwin, the BSD core of OS X, is influencing this Apple hardware change. Ah the simple joys of user interfaces. (The geeks say this isn’t really a multibutton mouse. But a set of sensors that act like buttons.) NEXT: Go to an Apple store and try one out. 🙂
via: Lux et Umbra

One Use to Multi Use Video Cam?

OTU_Video1 I read on the Make Zine blog a while ago that the pharmacy company CVS was selling a One Time Use Video Camcorder for $30 or so. Turns out some really smart hardware/software hackers are finding ways to allow us to REUSE them over and over. CVS’s business concept is to sell an inexpensive almost disposible video camcorder then charge to remove the video you record off of it and put it on a DVD. They don’t return the video device and charge you another $12 for the video you shot.

The other day Arif Mamdani reminded me about this cool device. So today while I was out running errands I bought two. I’m going to test one and take it back to CVS to see the results.