Dell offers new Ubuntu preinstalled laptop XPS M1330

Dell position XPS M1330 as one of the thinnest and lightest notebooks in its class, as really portable notebook (weight is under 4 pounds or 1.8 kg). On January 23, 2008 it was announced that Spain, Germany, France, UK consumers can purchase this notebook with Ubuntu 7.10 Linux pre-installed. As usually announcement was made at Direct2Dell blog: Since we’ve began offering Ubuntu on some consumer systems, two clear areas of […]

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Linux + 532Mhz CPU + 128Mb RAM + audio/video + Wi-Fi = Photoframe! Huh?

One of my favorite sites recently published entertaining brief article about Linux-based device. Just imagine photoframe with 0.5 Ghz CPU, 128 Mb RAM, up to 16Gb SD memory, MP3/MPEG-4 playback and Wi-Fi. Huh? No jokes, it’s upcoming Agfaphoto‘s AF5080W product and below are it’s specs!

  • Processor — Freescale i.MX31 SoC with ARM11 core clocked at 532MHz
  • Memory — 128MB; 5-in-1 memory card reader supporting up to 16GB SD
  • Display — 8-inch, 800×600 SVGA
  • Images — JPEG, GIF, PNG, WMF
  • Audio — MP3, WMA
  • Video — H.264 AVI, MJPEG, MPEG-4 (and via networked STB, MPEG 1 and MPEG-2)
  • I/O — WiFi, USB
  • Features — slideshow, clock, calendar, alarm, and remote control
  • Frame — tripod base with three interchangeable veneers: brushed aluminium, black plastic, and wood effect

agfaphoto photoframeAs for me, I was impressed and little bit confused: I have internet gateway/proxy with lesser hardware running in our office! :) That server can’t do animation-enhanced slideshow, doesn’t have calendar, alarm functions and can’t play video or audio. But above-mentioned digital photoframe can do it easily, as well as it can play video from STB (set-top box) and transfer data via Wi-Fi. Nice device among those that aren’t worse buying however potentially are perfect gifts!

The toy is to be shipped by AgfaPhoto and developed by Sagem Communications. Hardware part is based on Freescale Semiconductor’s i.MX31 system-on-chip (SoC). There is no official information on pricing and/or availability, but if you’re interested just wait until it appear at AgfaPhoto’s photoframes page.

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Solar + Tiny PC + Linux = Sweeeet

Really interesting device was found today in the vast expanses of Internet. Company named Aleutia (established in London, 2006) sells extremely mini PC that consumes really small amount of energy (8 watts!!!), runs Linux and can be powered by sun! It’s named Aleutia E1 and is available starting at 180 £. See details below!

aleutia e1

aleutia e1 1

Seller announces the following product specifications (see detailed specs here):

  • Processor: 200MHz x86 CPU, Memory: 128MB SDRAM, Storage: 2GB (included Compact Flash card), Power Supply (US, UK, or EU).
  • 3 x USB 2.0 ports (480Mbps transfer rate), 1 x 10/100 Ethernet port, VGA port to connect LCD display (supports resolutions up to 1280×1024)
  • Power consumption of 8W with CPU and SDRAM running at full speed. With external devices (USB 2.0 CD Rewriter, USB-powered hard drive) power consumption rises to 11W.
  • Dimensions: 11.5cm (Width) x 11.5cm (Lenght) x 3.5cm (Height)
  • Puppy Linux Operating System (version 2.14) – similar in appearance to MS Windows, stable, and pre-installed.
  • Excel-compatible spreadsheet software (Gnumeric), Word-compatible word processor (Abiword)

Looking at these specs and using Google it was discovered that Aleutia sells Norhtec‘s device The MicroClient Jr! Do you see the difference at the pictures below? Maybe hand? ;)

aleutia e1 front nortec front

By the way, Norhtec’s one is of 120$… From Norhtec’s site:

The MicroClient Jr. is a revolutionary device that is especially designed for installations having limited physical space and temperature concerns. It does not matter if you are in a jammed office, a crowded place, or public transportation – it can be easily integrated with a VESA LCD to bring you computer access at any time.

It can attach to any VESA mounting fixture, allowing it to be securely mounted onto desks, room walls, or buildings, and thereby optimizing your work area. It can also attach directly to LCDs of any size to create a mobile system for the use at trade shows, presentations, promotions, etc. Unlike the traditional laptop design, the MicroClient Jr. can be used with a large size LCD. Furthermore, with FANLESS design, MicroClient Jr. is ideal for use in hot climates without air conditioning.

Get more details on The MicroClient Jr. here… Sweeeet! :)

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Nokia E-series sync with Evolution via Bluetooth in Ubuntu

The Nokia E-series consists of business-oriented smartphones, with emphasis on support for corporate e-mail. Currently Nokia e-series includes: E60, E61, E70, E50, E61i, E65, E90. This is a howto (provided by Nailor) shows how to sync Nokia E-series phone (Symbian 9.1, Series60 3rd edition) with Gnome Evolution in Ubuntu Edgy Eft (6.10) and Feisty Fawn (7.04). This has been tested with Nokia E50. Information on how to sync Nokia E65 […]

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Nokia E61/E62 sync with Evolution in Kubuntu

This step-by-step manual, kindly provided by mjfleck2000, tells how to sync Nokia E-series E61 and E62 with Gnome Evolution under Kubuntu.

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