Well, it’s actually just a motherboard but it looks more like an x86 ITX motherboard than an ARMed thingy but it is a step up on smart phones and the like with only one USB ports. This thing has 4 USB ports and an Ethernet port. Price is ~$50. How cool is that, about half what their cheapest x86 board costs? It uses only a few watts, too.
Archive for May 22nd, 2012
The little woman and I built a fine home 22 years ago and now are in the process of selling it. It needs quite a bit of maintenance, some of which we did today. I had the fun of taking the old mower which has sat unused for 10 years and making it work, wobbly wheels and all. I had forgotten how the choke worked and there were no labels visible. Trial and error worked, lots of error. The thing still has lots of power but uses oil. I doubt I will have to change the oil because it uses so much…
It’s amazing to see how the fine lawn we made has deteriorated in a decade. The occupant was mowing but not fertilizing and he was removing the clippings… The patch where he had a dog’s kennel was the only thriving part. I mowed today and will fertilize tomorrow.
A hedge of juniper we started from pruned branches 20 years ago needed pruning again and I planted the results in our new yard. I will do more of that tomorrow. The apple and apricot trees need some work, too.
A swing I welded for the kids has rusted a bit and needs to come down. I will have steel to salvage, including some chain. One of the wooden seats has rotted away but I was able to swing on the other. The design for the swing was good but I overlooked one detail. Some perforations in the T-bars that I used were lined up and the uprights have cracked near the holes. The structure was two poles with a cross-bar between. The poles had a cross-section made by welding three T-bars together at 120 degree spacing. Without the cracking at the perforations and the rusting it would have been near-perfect. Still, it lasted ~20 years and my whole family enjoyed it. I might build another for my grand daughter.
I walked about three miles today pushing that old mower. The hardest part was where the kennel was. The grass was knee-deep so I had to take 2 inch cuts to keep from plugging the mower. I may fix the wobbly wheels and use the mower at the new place for the ditches and other places difficult for the riding mower.
Finally all the hurdles have been overcome and Google has completed the purchase of Motorola Mobility. I expect we shall see more devices made by Google and more patents available to counter-sue the bastards trying to mess with competition. Once Oracle v Google plays out, Google should be home-free.
see 8-K 2012-05-22.
Megalomania Meg`a*lo*ma”ni*a, n. [NL., fr. megalo- + mania.]
A form of mental alienation in which the patient has grandiose delusions.
[1913 Webster] megalomaniacal
M$ is quoted as claiming,
- ARM processors, which power virtually all iOS, Android, and Windows Phone smartphones and tablets today, are different from the x86 chips that power PCs. The chips have new requirements for security and power management, and Microsoft is the only one who can meet those needs.
- Windows RT — the version of Windows 8 geared for ARM devices — “isn’t Windows anymore.”
Confused, mentally ill or just failing in facility due to advancing age, M$ is clearly not adapting to a new reality but trying to create a comfortable hallucination in which it alone can save mankind from ARM… Reality is that mankind must be saved from M$ by real innovation and unfettered imagination stimulated by FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software). I recommend Debian GNU/Linux for anyone who wishes to experience freedom from this mental oppression.
Clearly, this is an example where many minds of free-thinkers cooperating work better than the mind of an ageing despot.