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Long before there was an iPad or an Android Phone, I saw the promise of Portable Tablet Computing combined with Open Source and UNIX-based Software. In the late 1990's I, along with others, did some work to modify existing XFree86 pen tablet drivers to support Fujitsu, Ricoh, and IBM pen-based PC's. 
Linuxslate.com was registered in 2000 to distribute, document, discuss, and support these drivers and related software.
Today, all Android Phones and Tablets are LinuxSlates, and Linuxslate.com continues to provide relevant software and hardware development, commentary, and reviews, with occasional commentary and reviews pertaining to other technology and gadgets.

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I am an Aerospace Engineer, Technology Hobbyist, Technology Consumer Advocate, and Open Source Evangelist.  I  enjoy discussing technology and educating others about technology and science.  To this end, I occasionally write articles and post them on the Commentary Pages or the Review Pages.
I also do presentations for small groups (Local computer users groups, business groups, etc.)

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02 April 2014
WW3SSIIIt's my latest "invention"!  I call it the WW3SSII (Washer With 3 Screws Stuck In It), what what good is a WW3SSII?  It helps you take over the world.... OK well, it probably won't really help you do that, at least not directly, but it will help you make Cloverleaf Antennas that are closer to commercially built ones.  Cloverleaf antennas are used for FPV flying of Radio Controlled aircraft.

27 February 2014
RCA_AndroidIt's the First New Review in Quite a While:  The RCA 7" Android Internet Music System. The best way to explain it is to simply list out why this is such a poor Android tablet -- and then I will explain why it doesn't matter. This unit, combined with an HD TV, and a Google Chromecast make a great bedroom or spare room media masterpiece. It's not quite ready for Joe consumer, but it's a must-have for the true Android affectionado.

05 November 2012
Android-HDMI-StickNew Guide Posted - The Linuxslate.com Buyers Guide to Android HDMI Sticks, Set-top Boxes, and Mini-PC's.  Seemingly thousands of small, Android-powered mini-PC's have appeared on the market recently.  Media Players, Set-top Boxes, Smart TV Sticks, Mini-PC's... call them what you want, but essentially, they are miniature computers that run the Android Operating System. But buying one of these devices can be an intimidating step, especially if you are not an Android "Pro".  This article will explain these devices, and cover various features.


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20 July 2012
Z1 Android Phone BoxNew Review Posted -- The Z1 (Aka Rock) Android 2.2 GSM Watch Phone.
An Ipod Nano can be worn like a watch, but what if you want more capability, connectivity and customizability?  You'd need Android on your wrist.  Well, such a thing does exist, but is it practical?

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20 March 2012
OK, it's been a while since I've posted anything to this site.  It may seem counter-intuitive, but that is because too much is going on.  Since almost every* Android device is a Linux Slate, there are now hundreds, if not thousands of them, and they are the sold in the largest quantity of any platform. Thousands of sites provide reviews, forums, and advice.  This site was the first (That I know of), and it's time has passed.  We really do live in an Linuxslate world now.

I'll keep maintaining the site, and when I have something to say, I will.  I'm also on Google Plus, so ad me to your circles there for quick updates and news.

I also want to give one last (for now) bit of advice.  When deciding what Android device to buy, make sure that there is a mature and well maintained community firmware, such as Cyanogen(mod) available or in serious development for it.  Unfortunately, with things like CarrierIQ, and so much bloatware being installed by the carriers, this is a necessity.  It does not mean you have to use a community firmware, it just means you should know you can fall back on it should you need to.  A list of devices currently supported by Cyanogen(mod) is listed here.

Lastly, I want to mention Linuxslate.com's new sister website, CarCynic.com.  Like the tag-line says, "Modern Automotive Technology, and other Absolute Nonsense".  There's not much there now, but hopefully we'll have some fun, humor, and just a little bit of actual useful information.
Please hit CarCynic.com.

* So what Android devices are not Linuxslates?  There are several Android set-top boxes and media players that do not have their own screens at all, so they are not slates.

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25 November 2010
G-Tablet vs iPadNew Review:  The Viewsonic G-Tablet.  It's a Good news - Bad news - Good news story with thisTegra logo NVidia Tegra - based 10 inch Android Tablet.  Really great hardware is ruined by poor firmware.  Fortunately, again the community comes to the rescue with a largely fixed firmware. Read the detailed review here.

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16 October 2010
Arctic Spyder III LaserBack in the days when I was a laser tech, I worked on a 500 mW air cooled Argon laser.  I remember being impressed that it plugged into a standard outlet, and did not require water cooling. The laser head and the power supply could both fit on a moderately sized table.  Back then, the idea of a hand held laser that could run on a single, small rechargeable battery and produce nearly twice that much power was pure fantasy. But in one of the most impressive cases of science fiction becoming reality I have seen in my lifetime, it's now true. The Wicked Lasers Arctic Sypder III 1 Watt Blue Hand Held Laser is a revolutionary product, but as is often the case with such cutting edge technology, the first generation (G1) of these products are widely reported to suffer from early failures.  Mine was one of the first ones shipped, and it lasted only a few days of sporadic use before failing. Rather than deal with the cost and time involved with returning the laser to China, as well as the risk that a replacement laser may be delayed or confiscated by US Customs, I decided to attempt to diagnose and repair the laser myself.  My findings, and a technical description of part of the circuitry of this controversial and revolutionary product can be found in this technical paper (PDF format).
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14 October 2010
USB OTGTo go along with the Dell Streak Mini USB adapter listed below, I have made a USB OTG cable.  This allows not only USB keyboards to be used with the Dell Streak (host mode), but also some other USB devices such as USB Flash Drives, and even Hard Drives.  My cable also works with the Dell Streak Home Dock.  Root access, and the O2 2.1 firmware is required for USB Storage Device support. Details of what's needed to use USB Storage Devices on the Dell Streak is detailed in this post on the Linuxslate.com Forums.  I'll update this post with pictures in a day or so.
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21 Aug 2010
I have made my own mini USB adapter for the Dell Streak.  Here's a short video demostrating this device.  A Dell USB Charge/Sync cable gave it's life for this since I have not yet been able buy the connectors.
Click Here to See the Video on Youtube.
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18 Aug 2010
PDMI LogoInside the Dell Streak DockA brand new Dell Streak Home Dock has gone under the screwdriver in the name of science.  Based on this tear-down, Linuxslate.com can confirm that the Dell Streak is using PDMI as mentioned below. Pin-to-Pin testing shows that the Dock Connector pinout is in agreement with what is shown in this Pinout Diagram. I cannot confirm presence or absence of the USB 3.0 Pins as these are not brought out to any connector on the Dell Home Dock. With the exception of one tiny 6 pin component associated with the HDMI connector, a few small filter capacitors, and some 0 Ohm protection jumpers, there is no actual circuitry in the dock.  Click on the picture for a larger view, and click here for a closeup of the board.  --- Oh, and how did the story end?  It lived.
[Additional Tags: Disassembly, HDMI, DVI, Display Port]

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30 July 2010
Augen_7_in_TabletSometimes it's good to be wrong.  My local Kmart just got the Augen 7" Android tablet, and I just picked one up.  I have a quick review here, which I'll update as I gain more experience with this unit..

 

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27 July 2010
Augen_7_in_TabletAs the Dell Streak US Launch Fiasco continues, I get news of more cool technology you can't buy,  Kmart is advertising this Augen 7" Android Tablet in this week's sales flyer, but you can't order it on line, and the local Kmart has not seen them.  No one else has yet either, apparently.  Kmart says they are issuing "Rainchecks" for the so-far nonexistent unit at a sale price of $149.99.   Even at the non-sale price of $169.99, it would be a great deal if true.  The specs are much better than similar units sold through the direct from China places: 800MHz processor 2MB of internal storage, SD Card Slot, and Android 2.1 on board --  I sure hope I'm wrong, and these units actually show up at the store.  If they do, you'll see at least a mini review here, but until then, count me as a skeptic.

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27 July 2010
Updated: 02 Dec 2010
At first glance the Dell Streak seems to have the same 30 pin connector as the iPhone/iPod.  However, this post on StreakSmart shows that such is not the case.  So what sort of connector is that?  Is it proprietary?  Why use it instead of Mini or Micro USB? What signals are available?  Can we home-brew some cables and adapters?  Well, I don't even have my Streak yet, but I have a suspicion.  I think the Dell Streak is one of the first major devices to use the PDMI standard, or at least a variation of it.  PDMI stands for Portable Digital Media Interface and is an ANSI/CEA standard. It defines a 30 pin connector with the following features:PDMI-pinout
  • USB 2.0 Port, including limited Current Charging and USB OTG
  • High Current Charging (for faster charging of devices with higher capacity batteries)
  • Stereo Analog Audio
  • USB 3.0 Port
  • 2 Lane Display Port (Digital Video and Audio, with Aux channel)
The page on the right from the CEA PDMI Technical Overview shows the Pin-out.
Click for a larger view or get the document from the links below.

Of course this does not mean that the Streak supports all of these.  In addition, 1080p Video requires a 4 Lane Display Port, so the Streak is hardware limited to something less i.e. 720p.
Update:  A reader points out that 2 Lane Display Port is capable of 1080p (albeit with certain color and scan rate limitations), but the overall point is still the same -- the Dell Streak is still likely hardware limited to 720p video out.
Wikipedia Page on PDMI (Source for this article)
DisplayPort Technical Overview (PDF) (Includes Pinout on Page 74)

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02 July 2010
Dell StreakWhy am I so anxious for a Dell Streak when Dell is getting another round of bad press from the capacitor issue?  Basically, there are 2 aspects to this.  First is the issue of trust and goodwill toward the company, and Second is the Streak itself. I believe Dell did not behave properly when the capacitor issue hit. But who exactly am I going to buy a phone from?  Apple has had issues in the past, and arguably is not doing the right thing now with the iPhone4 antenna issue. Then there was the Sony "RootKit" debacle. There's HP's little spying scandal; and how about Motorola and possible GPL violations? I could go on.  To be clear, I am not saying any of these actions are OK, but it's not a choice of Dell vs. "Good Company", it's buy or don't buy, and I want -- arguably need -- a phone.  As far as the capacitors themselves, it's true that this was not just a Dell issue.  I know because I've replaced bad electrolytics in many devices.  I expect that the build quality of the Streak will be better than off-brand Chinese stuff, and probably better than HTC, but less than the Motorola Milestone or the iPhone3GS. Building one of these things is not like building a PC.  In a device with this high a parts density, and this type of SMT, there is just not that much variation in build. The story is the same for the parts suppliers. The device has also shown to be pretty durable. I think is is very nearly as nice looking as the Motorola Milestone, but has better specs, and is likely to be cheaper than I can get a North American version of a Milestone for.   I like the slate form factor (I wonder why?), and if I am going to have nearly 4x the pixels of 1st gen Android Phones, I'd actually like to be able to see them. I almost always wear cargo pants, so carrying it will not be a problem.  If I want a large screen Android phone with replaceable internal storage, and a front facing camera, my choice of alternatives pretty much goes to zero. Will I look silly holding something so large to the side of my head when I make a call?  Nah... I have a Bluetooth Banana, so I won't look silly at all!

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30 June 2010
BoxNew Review Posted.  Read this full review of a Chinese iPad style unit that runs Android 1.6.  This device is known as the Eken M003, but is sold onder other names as well.


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28 June 2010
Confused AndroidThe Dell Streak is now on sale SIM-Free in the UK.  The cost is 449 with VAT and UK Shipping (365.11 Without VAT or shipping.)  As far as a US price, the number $500.00 has been circulating around the 'net based on a comment made in a video posted on All Things D.  A Dell Media Contact has informed Linuxslate.com that Dell has not announced a price for an unlocked Streak in the US.  What was meant in the video is that typically, unsubsidized, unlocked, smart phones cost about $500 more than the subsidized price  (2 year contract, locked phone), and that the Streak would likely not be significantly different. (Watch the video and see what the Dell guy actually says.) So, if the Streak is (My example) $99 w/ a 2 year plan on AT&T, them we might expect it to be $599 unlocked on Dell.com, If it's $199 With a 2 year plan, it may be $699 unlocked (My numbers again).  As of this writing,  449 is approx. $678, so those figures are in line with the UK pricing.
Additionally, The UK version has only 900/2100 MHz UMTS support.  This means that  if you buy a unlocked UK Dell Streak and try to use it on AT&T in the US, 3G will not work. (Edit: Removed possibly incorrect T-Mobile Statement) Rumor has it that the US version will have 850/1900/2100 MHz UMTS.
Oh... One other thing about the Dell Streak... I WANT ONE !!

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11 May 2010
CitroenMy latest article has nothing to do with Linux, and nothing to do with slates.  As forum readers know, I am a Citroen automobile enthusiast and owner.  I'll have more posted about my car eventually, but for now, here's an article on Citroen - Related Music.  Even if you don't have a Citroen, you may discover some interesting new music.

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13 December 2009
Bluetooth BananaMini Review:  Bluetooth Banana sold by DealExtreme:
Essentially a Bluetooth headset in plastic banana, it can be paired with anything that supports the BT handsfree or headset profile.  Yes, it's silly, but its useful too.  

Advantages:
  • Inexpensive
  • Makes a great VoIP handset for your PC, Laptop, MID or UMPC.
  • Reduces RF exposure as compared to holding your mobile next to your brain.
  • So realistic looking, I've reached for it thinking it was a real banana.  The slightly rubberized paint makes is almost feel real too.
  • Buttons work well; not likely to make inadvertent calls.
  • Multicolor LED gives clear indication of status/pairing, etc.
  • Good range and battery life.
  • People who see you use it will think you are CrAzY.  (No, I did not get this point in the wrong place.)
Disadvantages:
  • Can only be paired to one device at a time.
  • Charge connector is not standard Mini-USB.
  • Tin-ey sound quality.
  • The let down that occurs when you are hungry and realize you can't actually eat it.
  • The fact that the above may occur too late.
  • Shipping time from Hong Kong.
Today, communications is essential.  In a world like that, you've just got to have a Banana. DealExtreme, US$17.70 Free Shipping.

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22 October 2009
OK, It's Windows 7 Launch Day.  Sorry, but as a Linux guy, I can't help but to make a few comments:
  • I'm sure Windows 7 really does solve some of the problems users have encountered with Vista.  Reviews I have read state that it is actually a usable OS. Even Linus gives it a Thumbs Up.
  • It still lacks many features us Linux/UNIX/Mac users are used to such as virtual desktops (workspaces), X-Windows cut&paste, Included utilities, Software Repositories, etc.
  • Apple's new "Broken Promises" ad is great.  It's 100% true, and will (should) get people thinking.  Whoever thought to include the flip-up glasses at the end is an absolute marketing genius.  It simultaneously sets the time period and drives home the point perfectly.  Apple needs to write some advertising guy a check that would make a Wallstreet banker blush.
  • Windows 7 is Expensive!  Since I am running Linux, I would have to pay the full price, not the upgrade price.  Also, there is no Family Pack. Let's assume I have 3 PC's that meet the System Requirements:
Windows  7 Home
Premium
Windows 7
Ultimate
Ubuntu 9.04
(or 9.10 Beta)
$199.99 x 3 = $599.97 $319.99 x 3 = $959.97 $0.00 x 3 = $0.00
        Wow!!  What do you think?  Am I likely to switch?
  • You're saying that it's not fair to compare a Free, Open Source OS with a Proprietary, Non-peer reviewed OS.  OK, I'll give you that -- Let's compare what it costs compared to what Mac users pay for upgrades:
Situation Windows 7
Home Premium
Mac OS 10.6
Snow Leopard
Upgrade qualified OS already installed (Single Machine) $119.99 $29.00
Upgrade qualified OS already installed (3 Machines in Family) $359.97 $49.00
No upgrade qualified OS installed (Single Machine) $199.99 $169.00*
No upgrade qualified OS installed (3 Machines in Family) $599.97 $229.00*
        *Also includes iLife, and iWorks, but I won't even count that.  Note that the Apple Family pack actually allows installation on 5, not 3 machines.  I am giving Windows a big advantage here by using 3 machines in my comparison. I also won't get into what functions are available in Mac OS X 10.6, but would require the more expensive Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate to get in the Microsoft OS.  For reference, using the worst case values, it is $1099.95 for 5 Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade Version Licenses vs. $49.00 for 5 Mac OS x 10.6 Upgrade Licenses.
  • Again -- Wow!  These are real numbers, right from Microsoft and Apple's websites.  This is NOT fan boy-ism. (If I have made an error, please let me know and I will correct it promptly.) Comparisons of the Features, Security, and Usability will come with time, and from less biased sources, but one thing is fact: Windows 7 is Expensive!

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03 October 2009
New Commentary Posted -- The Green Guy with an Identity Crisis
"The term “Android” is a word from geeky science fiction.", Confused Android"... it's associated with things that are not real, or at least not yet developed sufficiently to be practical. These are exactly the associations I would not want in the mind of a prospective customer of technology goods."
Read the full Commentary.

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03 September 2009
New Review Posted.  The Skyvoice S282 Dual Mode GSM/WiFi VoIP Mobile Phone.  Also known as the E28 R2821, it's simultaneously one of the worst cellphones I've seen in several years, and one of the coolest WiFi/VoIP handsets.

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27 August 2009
(Edited 01 Sept 2009)
I told my wife to shoot me (or at least strongly discourage me) if I ever attempt to buy another Nokia product, and now this is announced.  I guess there is plenty of time to order a bullet-proof vest before the Nokia N900 is actually available.  Need a reason NOT to buy a Nokia N900 (Like for example to avoid a bullet wound)?  Wait for the Archos Android MID phone or what ever Apple has up their sleeves.

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30 March 2009
RedHat's stock closed higher today than Microsoft's.  It is the first time this has happened excepting times near RedHat's IPO.  Now I understand market cap, and I am not suggesting that this means RedHat is a bigger company than Microsoft.  It does however say something about investors confidence in RedHat, Linux, and Open Source.  If RedHat is a small software company that is "below the radar" of some investors, what does it say when investors find a share of Microsoft to be less valuable than that of said small software company?  I hinted to this in my Predictions for 2009 article.

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12 February 2009
New Commentary posted - Linuxslate.com Responds to stories of "Dangerous" Vulnerability in Google's Android OS, and uses this as an excuse to explain a little about Linux and Android security.

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01 February 2009
New Commentary posted - Kathryn has no Time for Linux.  It is just a story, but it is also very typical.

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09 Jan 2009

T-Mobile G1Linuxslate.com would like to clarify it's position on the T-Mobile/HTC/Google/G1/Dream/gPhone/Whatever you call it phone. My Predictions for 2009 article predicts great things for The G1's "Android" Operating System, while my entry on 16 Oct 2008 promotes a wait and see posture.  What gives? While the G1, and Android lack important features, and  I could list another half-dozen lesser complaints, the G1 is never the less, Linuxslate.com's currently recommended phone for most people wanting a smart phone.  If you do not need to tether a laptop, MID, or netbook (In other words, you do not intend to use your phone as a modem for another device), and the other missing features of the G1 are not show stoppers for you, then the G1 is simply the most capable single-device solution out there.  It's real keyboard, compatibility with standard mini-USB cables, Micro SD card slot, and functional cut-and-paste push the G1 past even the smooth and stylish iPhone 3G.  With the passing of the CES event with out an announcement of an Android -based Sony Ericsson Xperia like device, and only promises of future HTC Android phones, it looks like the G1 will be the best choice through this summer at least.

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24 Dec 2008

Linuxslate.com has posted it's Predictions for 2009 relating to Linux, Microsoft, and the Mobile Device market.

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16 Oct 2008

T-Mobile G1Why isn't there more on Linuxslate.com about the T-Mobile G1?  With a touchscreen, and Linux under the hood, the G1 is not only a linuxslate, but it will be the largest deployment of a linuxslate in history.  Here at Linuxslate HQ, we're holding off. As mentioned in the review of the Motorola Motozine ZN5, it's nice to have a Linux phone with a real camera, standard ports, and Bluetooth that actually connects to other Bluetooth devices (not just headsets).  I predict that by the middle of next year, other Linux/Android phones from other manufacturers will start to appear.  They'll include standard connectors and fixes for most of the issues mentioned in reviews of the T-Mobile/HTC/Google/G1/Dream/gPhone/Whatever you call it phone.


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16 Oct 2008

Target ASUS 8.9” Eee PC Mini-Review

Eee PC sold by targetTarget is now selling the ASUS Eee PC in the brick-and-mortar stores for $299. What do you get for $299? Is it worth it? Why is this significant?

The Eee in Target stores is basically a stripped down Eee PC 900. Target does not advertise it as a model 900, and rightfully so, since it is missing many features that “normal” 900's have. The Target Eee PC has only 4Gig of Solid State storage, and is missing the webcam. Other than that, it's a 900. The CPU speed is 900 Mhz. In the box is the restore CD, paper manual, getting started sheets, 5800 mAH 4-Cell battery, and a very compact brick-style power adapter. There is no included slip case. The quality is pretty good, and the 900 models, including this one, support 2 finger scrolling and zooming (in some apps). The feel of the trackpad buttons could be better on both the 900 series and the 701, but that's a minor gripe. The 8.9”, 1024x600 screen makes the unit look more professional, and allows webpages to be displayed without horizontal scrolling. Only Linux was available at my local store, but both White and Black colors were in stock. The Solid State drive is on it's own card, so swapping it out for a larger and faster one once prices come down will likely be a viable option.

Impressively, nothing (except the webcam capture app.) is missing on the software side. Full OpenOffice (2.0) is there, as is everything else seen on model 701 and 900 Linux Eee's.

Setup, and getting connected to the net was not a problem. I was even able to get online via my Motorola ZN5 connected via USB. I had to tell it to use a Dial-up connection as opposed to a GSM/3G/HSDPA connection, but once the relevant info was entered, it connected immediately – no command line or editing of any files was needed.

It's got to be Microsoft's worst nightmare – Linux pre-installed on a PC, displayed in a popular nationwide store, at a price low enough to be an impulse buy. Not only are people exposed to Linux, but also Open Office, Firefox, and games like Penguin Racer (Tux Racer). Even if people do decide to install Windows, it's likely that they will at least look at the default OS. Several people I have shown the machine to said that they had no idea Linux was as simple and functional as it is on the Eee.



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11 Oct 2008
The review of the Motorola ZN5 is up.  Read the full review here.


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30 Sept 2008
Linuxslate.com has received a Motorola ZN5 for review.  A full review will follow shortly, but for now, here's an Unboxing Video. Enjoy:



Please keep checking back for the full review.


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23 Sept 2008
A few quick thoughts on the T-Mobile / Google G1 "Google Phone", "HTC Dream", 1st Andriod Phone, (or whatever you want to call it) that was announced today, and previously mentioned in my "Super Phones" article:
  • It shares a lot with the iPhone - both in terms of features that are present and features that, at least for the launch, are missing.
  • I think it really is valid competition for the iPhone, and in some ways it's ahead: Google Maps with compass mode and street view look a generation ahead of Google Maps on the iPhone. Playing standard media formats, and using the DRM free Amazon MP3 store makes it far more consumer friendly than the iPhone/iTunes combination.  I also like the customizable homescreen, and slide up icon menu.
  • Including a QWERTY keyboad and memory card slot are 2 huge hardware advantages. 
  • Some of the missing features are Bluetooth profiles such as A2DP, OBEX, HID, etc., video record, and as far as I know, voice dialing or voice control.  There is also no current method (official or hack) to allow tethering.
  • It lacks a standard 3.5 (or even 2.5mm) headset/headphone jack, instead using a proprietary connector for audio, charging and USB.
For me the lack of standard connectors is, perhaps not a show stopper,  but, at least for the moment,  when concidered along with the rest of the omissions, will give me pause.

So what's a geek to do when he/she wants working Bluetooth, camcorder, voice dialing, and standard connectors? Well, you can wait for other Android devices next year, or, if you don't need Accelerometers, 3G, GPS, and an "App Store", you may want to consider the Motorola ZN5 as an alternative.  It's out now, and Linuxslate.com is working on getting one for an in-depth technical review.

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18 August 2008
Several manufactures are readying new, feature rich Linux-based mobile phones.  Linuxslate.com has compiled a guide that will mention a few notable ones, and speculate about whether any of these could potentially be the much anticipated "iPhone-killer".
Read More...

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24 July 2008
New Commentary Posted.  The Wallstreet Journal's All Things Digital posted a leaked Microsoft internal memo outlining Steve Ballmer's plans for Microsoft's 2009 Fiscal Year.  I can't help but to make some comments.

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25 June 2008
New review Posted.  The Wibrain B1L with Ubuntu Linux. How does the Linux based Wibrains stack up against the Eee PC, Pepper Pad 3 and the Nokia Tablets? What should a new or prospective owner know about this Ultra Mobile PC? Click here for the article.

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25 Jan 2008
Comming soon:  I have been working on a Web-based transcoder system for MythTV. It consists of some perl and html and requires mencoder and ffmpeg.  I'll be uploading it after I clean it up a bit.

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25 Jan 2008
New Review:  Linuxslate.com reviews an inexpensive Ethernet IP Phone currently being sold on Amazon.com.

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03 Oct 2007
My first opinion peice in quite a long time.  Please read my comments relating to possible legal action over the Apple iPhone 1.1.1 Firmware update issue.

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12 Sept 2007
The forums are now open! For now, you will have to email me to register.  Please post questions to those forums.

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07 Sept 2007
Linuxslate.com has moved to OnNow.net.  OnNow supports Open Source Projects, so Linuxslate.com Supports OnNow.  Check them out for your hosting needs.
For now, (most of) the old content has been restored, but that, too will only be temporary. In the near future, there will be a new, more professional site here, including:
  • More articles and reviews
  • A more dynamic blog-style front page
  • Forums !!  At the moment I am planning the following forums:
    • Linux on Modern Tablet PC's
    • Pepper Pad 3
    • Pepper Pad 2
    • Classic Fujitsu Active Pen Systems (1000, 1200, 2300, etc.)
    • Classic Fujitsu Passive Pen Systems (LTC-500, etc.
    • Other Classic Pen Tablets (IBM, Ricoh, etc.)
    • Linux Based Mobile phone hacking (Motorola, E28, others.)
    • MythTV on HP Media Center PC's
    • Rewiew Discussion
    • Other Cool Hardware to hack as it appears
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20 Jul 2007
Linuxslate.com reviews a Linux slate - a really cool Linux slate - The Pepper Pad 3.  Read my "Non-Dumb" Review here.

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 08 Feb 2007
I have designed and constructed a "Keyboard Dock" for my Nokia 770 Internet Tablet.  Yes, its kind of like the "Unslate", but it really is a cool and useable accessory for the Nokia 770.  Keyboard Dock for the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

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13 Sept 2006
Another Review posted.  WowWee's newest robotic dinosaur - RoboReptile is actually on the shelves.  Check out my review: WowWee's latest Robot Dinosaur - the RoboReptile

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05 August 2006
Motorola A780As mentioned in the previous post, I just bought a Motorola A780 mobile phone.  Since it has a touch screen, and runs Linux, it really is a Linuxslate.  I have posted my first How-To for this phone.  It covers building (compiling) Moto4Lin on Fedora Core, and using it to enable certain phone features. Moto4Lin is a great utility for not just the A780, but many Motorola phones.  Another How-To will follow shortly.  Get to the How-To from the Guides and Help page.

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05 August 2006
Linux is getting popular in the Mobile Phone business. From a PCMAG article:
"...Motorola will be abandoning the familiar operating system used on its feature phones, such as the RAZR, for a Linux- and Java-based solution"
and From ZDNet Asia:
"The world No. 2 mobile phone maker, which debuted the Ming smartphone in March this year in China, shipped more than one million Linux-based units in China alone last quarter, according to research firm Canalys."
It's not just Motorola.  Nokia has also released a major product based on Linux, and there are indications that Nokia may release more products based on Linux.
This growth of Linux in the mobile market recently hit home for me in another way.
A Co-Woker was showing me his new Cingular 8150.  It runs Windows Mobile.  Interesting I thought.  Cingular is not a phone manufacturer -- they are a Wireless Service Provider (WSP).  The only prominent marking on the phone says Cingular.  Cingular's website does not mention the manufacturer.  Why not?  The phone is really made by HTC.  HTC stands for "High Tech Computer Corp." -- No - Really. It Does.  On the other hand, I just bought a Motorola A780.  It runs Linux.  No need to try to hide  that name.    The No. 1 and No. 2 Mobile phone companies are moving toward Linux, while the Microsoft OS is relegated to the "High Tech Computer Corp."  Ironic how things change isn't it?

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24 May 2006
The review of the Ecotest МКS-05 Portable Radiation Detector/Meter has been posted.  Follow this link.

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14 May 2006
The site has been down for a few days due to some upstream network connectivity issues.  This is an informal, just for fun type of operation, so this kind of problem is to be expected.  The server itself has been up for over 117 days with out a re-boot.

In other news, I have recieved my Ecotest МКS-05 radiation detector, and with the site being down, I sort of lost the incentive to start the review.  The positive offshoot of this is that I have had a few more days to evaluate the МКS-05, and thus the review will be better when it does get published.  Oh...  and I have found something else near me that is  amazingly radioactive.  (Actually 2 things, although one is only very mildly radioactive).  Look for the story in the Ecotest МКS-05 review soon.  Catch the links from the Radiation Detector Buyer's Guide.

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29 April 2006
I have expanded my coverage of Personal Radiation Detectors.  Now, in addition to the Review of the Russian DRSB-88 Pocket Dosimeter, I have a Buyer's Guide for these devices.  Look for more reviews to follow soon.

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14 January 2006
The Ulitimate Pre-Built MythTV box?  Perhaps.  Read about my attempts to install Linux for MythTV on the HP z555 Media Center PC.  Oh... and help out if you can. Click the Link above, or you can get there from the Guides & Help Page.

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16 December 2005
I can't help wanting to talk about my new Nokia 770.  I said I wouldn't do a review since others have, so I decided to do something that is not a review, but may also be useful to those considering buying this cool Linux Slate.
Please read "Nokia 770 Internet Tablet paired with the Nokia N-GageQD vs. The Nokia 9500  - How does the combination of a Nokia 770 Tablet and a medium range phone compare to a high-end WiFi 'SmartPhone'?"  Even though technically it isn't a Review, you can get there from Reviews.

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10 December 2005
I just picked up 2 Nokia 770's from CompUSA.  I have only just set it up, but I can say:
WOW !!  This seems to be the device I had always hoped somebody would release.  I think Nokia really did it right -- Both in terms of the actual device, and the development environment/philosophy.  I expect the software availability and functionality of this devices (and subsequent derivative devices) to explode unlike anything we've seen before.  I do not plan on reviewing the device, since others have done excellent reviews already.  I do plan on porting some existing apps, but probably not until after the US Holidays.

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20 November 2005
New Review Posted.  The Tiger VuGo "Multimedia System."
VuGo
Read about it along with my other Reviews.

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