spyro at f2s.com
Wed Feb 26 12:28:01 PST 2003
On Wed, 26 Feb 2003 12:28:11 +0000 (UTC)
richard at nezumi.plus.com (Richard Lightman) wrote:
> *: Requirement
> +: Wanted - I will pay extra for.
> -: Cool idea, but I probably would not pay for it.
> *100) The keyboard is a separate box from the monitor.
Perhaps. not likely tho.
> *101) Minimize number of cables between me (keyboard, mouse,
> headphones, microphone), and the the other boxes (CPU
> power supply, montior, DVD/CDRW) preferably with IDRA,
> or failing that with USB.
> *102) Strategy to prevent or recover from erasing the wrong
> bit of flash.
Wont catch me designing something that could do something that stupid...
> *103) No fans.
Its an ARM.
> +104) Survives being dropped.
Well, thats easier without the X86 with 105 tonnes of heatsink...
> -105) Make a cluster by adding (CPU+memory) mini-PCI cards.
> *150) Compile native kernel <10 minutes.
Not bloody likely.
> *151) Cross compile x86 kernel <10 minutes.
> *152) DVD playback <80% CPU utilisation.
> +153) Compile native kernel <5 minutes.
You must be kidding...
> -153) Compile native kernel <2 minutes.
> *200) >3 hours of compiling
> *201) >3 hours of DVD playback
> *202) Maximum discharge rate high enough to handle some USB devices.
> *203) Discharged to 80% charged: <12 hours.
> +204) Can be exchanged without a screwdriver.
> -205) Can be exchanged without a reboot.
> -206) Can be exchanged without a reboot while not plugged in.
Bear in mind that its possible that, since we're using an ARM, it could
run for *weeks* in standby mode, hence removing the need for actually
turning it off...
> *250) 128MB
> +251) 256MB
> -253) 512MB
> *300) >=1024x768
See other post.
> *301) >=15" diagonal, or like a pair of glasses.
perhaps in the future.
> Hard disc:
> *350) >=10GB
hard to do less nowadays...
> *400) 10/100Mb/s
yes, but no gigabit in the first models.
> *401) Can remove the ethernet cable without unplugging a PCMCIA card.
> *402) No adapter cable required.
> -403) 1000Mb/s
> *404) Plenty of USB connectors.
minimum 2, maybe 4 or 6.
> *450) Does not emit a high pitched whine.
> *451) Good quality speakers, or none (external).
no such thing in small size. if you want quality use the
> *500) Putting the keyboard on my lap does not block vital cooling
wont need any such vents.
> *550) >=3 buttons
there will most likely be a touchpad or touchscreen. use a USB external
if you wish.
> *551) Does not require a clean flat surface.
its a laptop. :-)
> With any luck, using a mass produced monitor will save money compared
> to buying a small number of flat pannels. Making the keyboard, mouse,
> DVD/CDRW, speakers, and microphone externel will give you much more
> freedom when selecting the box, and will probably end up as extra
> choice/features for very little extra cost.
Its an interesting idea.
> I would be prepared to pay up to 700 UK pounds+VAT for a box with:
> CPU, memory, video, ethernet, audio, (USB2 or USB+firewire)
> battery, hard disc, and the glue to make them work together
Its likely to be at least that.
> To use the box, I would expect to add:
> monitor, keyboard, mouse, mains adapter, DVD/CDRW, headphones.
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