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13 May 2008
I ordered mine from Newegg yesterday, 20GB Linux version of course. Should be here Thursday according to UPS. I can't wait for it's larger screen and more powerful capabilities (hooray for non-underclocked FSB). The storage bump is nice too, as I could actually have the SD card slot open to take pictures from my camera's card, instead of needing it filled for the EEE's own storage.
5 Jan 2008
I'm not sure how many are interested in this, but they are about to start selling, and prices are finallized.
" AVAILABILITY / PRE-ORDERS The BUGbase and BUGmodules will ship by Monday, March 17, 2008. We'll begin taking pre-orders through our online store on Monday, January 21, 2008.
PRICING / EARLY-ADOPTER DISCOUNT
The BUGbase will retail for $349, and the BUGmodules will vary from $59 to $119. However, we'll be offering an "early adopter discount" to anyone who purchases the BUGbase or BUGmodules within the first 60 days of availability. Prices are as follow:
Description: Early-adopter price / Retail price
BUGbase: $299 / $349
Touchscreen LCD: $99 / $119
GPS: $79 / $99
Camera: $69 / $79
Motion/accelerometer: $49 / $59
We'll also be announcing the Von Hippel BUGmodule, named after MIT professor and "Democratizing Innovation" author Eric Von Hippel. This BUGmodule will add an interface of inputs and outputs to the BUG, allowing users to "hack" their BUG even further.
Finally, we'll be announcing BUG+EDU, which is a series of programs and promotions aimed at introducing BUG to the education market, from primary to post-secondary institutions. Over the next quarter, we'll be unveiling more details on this initiative."
They have a simulation (or maybe emulation) environment and SDK up on their website. The Core module would make a decent core for a homebrew Z, though modules it will start out with won't make a good Z replacement.
2 Dec 2007
Quite a bit more data available now on the Bug. Much more designed for hacking than I had first thought.
Videos from this guy and found on Make:
Video 1 - Introduction (unfortunately, I can't make out the price they say)
Video part 1 of second interview
Video Part 2 of second interview
Their homepage: buglabs.net
Since you can take apart the core module, it might be a good motherboard for a PPZ type device.
5 Jun 2006
I've had the idea about rolling my own Linux powered PDA for some time, but I've been busy with another project of mine. So, I haven't posted about this idea, but recently Da_Blitz posted:
the iMX3 is a custom PDA idea as the 2700G chip is VERY hard to get. dont want to hijack this thread anymore so if you want more info then contact me direct or make another post
Definately looking for some more info on that!
Here's some interesting ideas to get the thread started:
GumStix ( www.gumstix.com www.gumstix.org ): Very small, proprietary, stackable modules. Very hobbyist friendly, but current models are still based around the Intel PXA255.
Colibri Module : PXA270 with most of the needed chips built in, and connections for most of the rest, in a formfactor of a DDR SODIMM. Moderately hobbyist friendly, with boards only 119Euros for the 520MHz version, but with a fixed handling fee for Hardware of 100 EUR and shipping of 45 EUR. You'll want to order more than one to be price effective with this supplier.
CM-X270 Computer-On-Module: I stubbled on to this site last night. No idea about this supplier's ablity to handle hobbyists, or even the cost of the module. However, you can configure a pretty impressive COM on that page. Up to PXA270 520Mhz, 128MB of RAM, Intel 2700G with 8MB of its own RAM, audio codec, and 512 MB of NAND flash!
Take a look at the Google Ads when you do a search for 'Arm development board', as quite a few Ads hit the mark for what we would want, if they could be had cheap, and single unit quanties (which most aren't ).
7 Feb 2006
Has anybody tried pandora.com on the 770? You definately need to be single tasking at the time, as it taxes my parents old PII 350 128MB RAM machine.
I'm considering getting a 770, and if Pandora works on it, that would probably the last push needed for me to pick one up.
It's a pretty cool site, you enter a name of a song or an artist, and then tailors the music it streams to that. The main advantage over Ice or Stream casts is that you can skip songs.
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