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? 🙂


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