[wellylug] Convergence and Spotmau

Lindsay Hunter lindsay at csw.co.nz
Thu Nov 20 08:46:08 NZDT 2008

All of these things are great.  What I find interesting is the 
convergence.  Who will get there first?  It reminds me of the 
convergence of Unix and PCs way back.  One group were teaching 
networking to a PC, and the other group were teaching desktops to a 
networking system.  Now they are doing the same things, for better or worse.

We need a gadget that you can send words on, send voices on, write, 
listen, watch, and that can work all day from uptime to bedtime, and 
will not distort the Armani suit with the weight in the wrong pocket. :-)

Anyone looked at http://www.spotmau.com/  Looks like a Linux 
distribution, but does not talk about it.  I expect it would need a GNU 
statement somewhere?


Peter Lambrechtsen wrote:
> On 20/11/2008, at 3:43 AM, Mark Foster <blakjak at blakjak.net> wrote:
>> On Wed, 19 Nov 2008, Bruce Hoult wrote:
>>> On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 9:35 PM, Tim O'Brien <timalot at gmail.com>  
>>> wrote:
>>>> The 701 is good for watching videos, listening to music, skype/IM ,
>>>> wireless ethernet bridge etc... Also not a bad terminal. Battery
>>>> performance means that you basically need an AC adapter at all  
>>>> times.
>>> That's kinda wierd, because the iPhone is *much* smaller and only a
>>> couple of times slower at most -- about the speed of a 400 MHz  
>>> PowerPC
>>> G4 by my tests, while the 701 is about the speed of a 1.25 GHz  
>>> PowerPC
>>> G4 (though the speed difference in web browsing is much less
>>> noticeable than that) -- and yet the iPhone can play movies for "up  
>>> to
>>> 7 hours", or browse the web via wifi for "up to 6 hours".  One of the
>>> main things I use mine for is as an e-book reader.  I haven't timed
>>> how long it can do that, but it's in the region of at least 10 - 12
>>> hours.  And I find the screen far more readable than the 701 I played
>>> with.
>> Weird? Sounds to me like a bit of attitude in there Bruce. :-)
>> On the other hand, because I don't like Apple's lock-in attitudes,
>> I've tried to stay away from Apple Proprietary stuff. Alternatively,  
>> the
>> Eee PC is morally a fairly stand-up application of technology. It
>> also has a full QWERTY keyboard that's a little quicker to use than a
>> touchscreen phone, and has the means to connect external
>> keyboard/monitor/mouse at whim.. the iPhone may be an extremely  
>> portable
>> box with a fairly decent UI and efficient rendering space on-screen  
>> - but
>> the Eee is in another class, IMHO.
> I disagree with your opninon of the iPhone keyboard I find it very  
> simplistic to use with my fat fingers and it's spell correction when  
> you hit the wrong key is awesome. Keyboard and mouse monitor is one  
> issue but you can connect anthony Bluetooth up to it not that I have  
> tried a mouse or keyboard.
> But for me the interface is what sets if apart from every other device  
> I have ever used it is so incredibly polished and that is the reason  
> why I love my series 1 jailbroken anysim 8gb iPhone, gestures and the  
> touch screen interface are just amazing, no other pocket device comes  
> remotely close to it.  Yes there are things that annoy me such as no  
> external storage card support plus poor battery in comprison to my old  
> nokia but it is a computer but no mass storage does get me the most  
> but I would never trade it in. There is just such a wealth of  
> excellent free and open source apps out there for a hacked iPhone.
> Written while on the bus listening to music after smsing my wife on a  
> device that I spent $450nz on about 8 months ago.
> I would still like an eee tho :)
>> Mark
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