Micro Machines

No, not those itty-bitty cars we all knew and loved from the 80’s. I’m talking about two miniature computers thta I happened to catch a glimpse of in the various nerd and gadget rags that I subscribe to.

x270-cm-l-top-antena-m.jpgThe first, I’ll admit, I had a hard time figuring out at first glance. “Are those joysticks?” I thought to myself. Silly ol’ Cliff – they’re nothing of the kind. They’re wireless antennae for this wee linux machine, which sports up to a 520 MHz processor and 128MB RAM. All this sweet silicon goodness for “below $50!”

zypad.jpgThe second machine was a little easier to identify with; what kid hasn’t dreamed of having some kind of Secret Decoder/Communicator/Spy Watch? While this one comes with a screen, it’s a little more clunky, has slightly more anemic specs (400MHz, 64MB RAM), and is sure to get you some rather odd looks at that party you’re headed to this weekend. …not to mention its rather hefty pricetag of 1000 Euro. Still, I can’t help but give the thing a solid A+ for nerd appeal.

Oh…and did I mention that both of these run linux? 🙂


Canned oxygen: now available in a Seven-Eleven near you

canned oxygen…that is, if you happen to live in Japan. Perhaps taking its cue from increasingly popular oxygen bar fad, the convenience store chain has decided to start stocking its shelves with cans of oxygen. (I’m assuming the airplane facemask attachment is sold separately?) On the one hand – the reasonable one, if hands can be such – this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen in my life. On the other, I was skeptical about bottled water when it first became popular…

Superfast internet cafe

An internet cafe has opened in the UK. Big deal, right? Well…this particular cafe has some pretty big pipes.

“How big are they?” you ask. How does download speeds of up to 100 Mbps strike ya?

“But surely the customers pay a fee for using connections with such enormous potential!” Nope. Absolutely free. (Okay, so maybe they make ya buy some coffee, to discourage freeloading squatters).

The more I see things like this, the more I’m tempted to move to the UK…


Just an FYI – CliftonSnyder.net has been migrated to different hardware. The change seems to have gone smoothly and (hopefully) nothing was broken or interrupted…

Dapper Multimedia

First, you’ll want to set up your apt sources like so. Then, run this apt-get command (ed: minus skype and realplay), and (theoretically) your multimedia will all Just Work ™.

How many USB ports?

usb_hub_01.jpgThirty-one. ‘Nuff said.

Red Hat Summit

Again, I’m a bit behind the times, but last week the 2006 Red Hat Summit took place in Nashville, Tennessee. I didn’t get to go – my boss and a co-worker did – but the web site has blog and video links that I’ll be checking out this weekend. I’m particularly interested in Matthew Szulik’s keynote; I remember being pretty impressed with him when I saw him speak previously.

On a related note, it looks like the folks behind the Ohio Linuxfest are starting to gear up for this year’s event taking place in September…