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Little Linux Laptops

Engadget has a nice feature on the growth of Linux based UMPCs.Linux Ultra-Portables

ASUS set the pace with Xandros on the Eee PC, and HP has tapped Novel SuSE Linux for the 2133 Mini-Note, but whereas the Eee’s positioning has been somewhat of a loose hybrid between an adult OLPC and the Nintendo Wii’s culture of global inclusion, the HP Mini-Note has been strongly focused on reckless, immature students while acknowledging potential for senior executives that have been known to share their temperament.

It’s interesting to see how this product niche has almost appeared from nowhere and is growing rapidly.

It seems to be a product that appeals to people who already own a computer, but want a laptop (and a small laptop at that) to complement it. The advantage of these little Linux laptops as well as the small size is the small price.

I have already seen quite a few of these laptops in college, brought in by learners, so I am expecting to see more of them.


May 7, 2008 Posted by | eeepc, hp, linux, umpc | Comments Off on Little Linux Laptops

Which GPS PDA?

In the Glossy project one of our teachers is interested in using GPS enabled PDAs with a group of LDD students.

Tasked with finding a suitable device (and with sustainability in mind) I looked at one of the HP GPS devices, and one was ordered for trials.

Alas it would seem we had issues with the supplier who keeps promising (as they do)…

Lilian (mentor) told me about a useful website, Total PDA. which sells all kinds of GPS PDAs.

So in mind to look at different models I wondered which way to go.

I was lucky enough (in my Mentor role) to visit the Wider Weston project based in Weston-super-Mare, lead college is Weston College. They are using the TyTyn (pronounced Titan and not TinTin as I thought) PDAs which in conversation I found out are GPS enabled.

Which GPS PDA?

So I think I have found my GPS PDA, thanks Vicki and Andrew.

February 8, 2008 Posted by | gps, hp, pda, tytyn | Comments Off on Which GPS PDA?