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Tuesday March 04 2008

Although also a bit more expensive, so I don’t mind that I’ve already got mine.

Incoming from Michael Jennings:

This looks like the one based on Intel’s new hardware specially designed for this class of machine rather than the old generation hardware in the Eee PC. If it really does cost only £300 it is an amazing bargain.

Microsoft have got themselves into a position where their current generation operating system won’t work on this kind of hardware. It is really extraordinary. You can run XP on it, but that supposedly goes off sale at the end of June.

See Michael’s second comment on this for further detail.  As he said in that:

The point is that tiny PCs are about to become mainstream.

Yesterday Instapundit had a couple of Eee PC postings, here, and here.  Says he, in the second of those:

The cost of competing with Big Media just keeps dropping.

The point being, these are not toys.  They’re real computers.  They just got better.  And that boat has now left, with Microsoft hardly on it at all.

UPDATE: This looks interesting too.  To my untrained eye it looks like a “bigger” Eee PC.  For people who want cheap (cheap especially) and light, but will tolerate bigger to get more powerful.  Powerful enough to run Vista, it would seem.

The SONY Playstation 3 is well worth looking at, especially if you like the idea of sitting in your armchair and viewing (and listening to) the results on a good-quality TV (or large monitor).  The PS3 is easily the most powerful machine you can buy when it comes to video processing. 3.5 Gigs/sec of processing.

It has a Hard Drive (20 to 80 Gigs) and will take external Hard Drives and anything else.  You get a Blu-Ray drive included. and a staggering range of options and extras.

It has Bluetooth and Ethernet, and six-axis remote control.

Best of all, it runs the popular flavours of full-on Linux.  No more faffing around with ghastly Windoze falling over and costing you an arm and a leg.  If you haven’t seen a recent release of Linux, you have some happy-time coming!

If you like music _and_ photography _and_ Comms _and_Internetting _and_ immersive games (and Open Office, the free version of MS Office) you could do a lot worse than starting _here_:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_3

Prices start from UKP 285 at Amazon.

Think through what you _really_ want from the Computer Age.  If it resembles the Control Deck of a starship, you probable want PS3… >:-}

Regards,

Tony

Posted by Tony Hollick on 05 March 2008

Tony: When you buy a Playstation 3 you do indeed get an extraordinary amount of hardware for your money, and I have been toying with the question of whether I should buy one for myself for this reason, even though I am not at all a gamer, and I think it would be bad to become one in the sense that it would be time consuming. (The other side of this is that I own far too much hardware already). 

It is not a portable machine for using in cafes though. The EeePC and the like are a different leg of the technology Octopus.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 05 March 2008

Michael:

I had rather thought that Nokia’s ‘Communicators’ had the market for decent small pocket-portable computers sewn up. (I have a 9110 which a friend gave me for Christmas).

If you _really_ have too much hardware already, and neither eBay nor FreeCycle meets your needs, let me know what’s on offer!  I’ll do my best to oblige.

I notice that you’re from Oz, presently living in “The City of Dreadful Night” (James Thomson’s heroic poem).

I was at Geelong Grammar School from ‘58 to ‘59. I still get the GGS newsletters.  I liked Oz.  If I hadn’t been expelled for refusing to be flogged by the House Prefects two weeks before my Matriculation exams, I’d probably still be there.  Funny old world.

One of the most memorable places I visited whilst in Oz was Jenolan, the Jenolan Caves and the Hotel, where we stayed.  Jenolan really is an enchanted place.  I hope they haven’t spoiled it.

And I will always remember visiting the Imperial War Museum in Canberra, just before it opened, completely deserted with the magnificent sounds of Sibelius’ Second Symphony echoing around the high vaulted ceilings.  They were still flooding the central lake.

What brought you over here?

Regards,

Tony Hollick

Posted by Tony Hollick on 05 March 2008

Thank God I didn’t get the 4Gb model which was on order. I shall most certainly wait now for this 12Gb monster!

Posted by Julian Taylor on 09 March 2008

Tony: I don’t know. There is a certain kind of person that has traditionally loved their Nokia Communicators, yes, but I think that is a niche. (I am not part of that niche). The feeling I was getting last year was that Nokia had badly upset these people by releasing the E90 based on the Symbian Series 60 platform, essentially abandoning the Series 80 platform that the other recent Communicators had been based on. As for handheld devices, I think that the Apple iPhone / iPod Touch really is much better than any other platform I have seen for web browsing, although maybe not for something that requires a lot of data entry. And we are going to see all manner of new handheld devices and tiny laptops based on Intel’s new Silverthorne/Atom platform later in the year. This platform really is a huge deal.

As for me, I went to a somewhat rougher school in Australia than Geelong Grammar. Australia is in many ways a pleasant place, but it is also quite a conformist place, and I find that there is a big world out there with many more niches to fit into than exist in Australia. This is fairly typical, I think. Australians (or at least Australians like myself) are a restless people, always wandering around the world and looking at new niches and cracks to fit into. (My secret belief is that we are holding the growing economies of East Asia together with duct tape and pieces of string).

I haven’t been to Jenolan Caves in at least 20 years. I can’t imagine it has changed much though. My sister lives in the Blue Mountains only a few miles away though, so I visit the area quite often. The whole area seems to have a sort of late nineteenth century / early 20th British empire feel about it, and it is fairly unchanging. (I wouldn’t say it is “stuck”, because the people there clearly like it that way.

And finally (this comment is getting long), you would be referring to the Australian War Memorial (which is also Australia’s principal military museum in the same building). Regardless of the name, I agree completely that it is a wonderful museum. It has been expanded quite a bit since you would have seen it, and is just about worth a trip to Canberra for that alone.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 11 March 2008
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