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Photos Latest Purchases Thread: v2.0

Discussion in 'General' started by RTT, 29 Oct 2007.

  1. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees The Cat Lies Down on Broadway

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    I've got all the tools I need and, a list in my head of others to get...

    If you find a TAA, drop me a message.
     
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  2. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Awwwww, but i bought biscuits!!!!!

    Now that you mention it, how do I film myself in VR?
     
  3. Yaka

    Yaka Well-Known Member

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    my 11yr old has pinched mine has only good things to say about the camera, and has destryoed my old telescope i had in the attic gathering dust trying make them work together
     
  4. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Err... whoops.

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    Not shipping until December, mind, so assuming nothing goes wrong it'll be a nice little Xmas present to myself.
     
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  5. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    Just got 48 cans of this for £90 :)
     
  6. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    WTF is that 'touchpad'????
     
  7. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    That, you young 'un, is a trackball.
     
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  8. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    That is some kind of crime :p
     
  9. Arboreal

    Arboreal Keeper of the Electric Currants

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    GH, I'm sooooo disappointed that you didn't opt for the DIY version AND save moneys at the same time...:p
     
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    Guest-44638 Guest

    Different...
     
  11. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    As a kit I would hope :happy:
     
  12. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    How dare you speak that way of the King of Pointing Devices!
    I was tempted by the kit-form version, but decided to splash out on the lazy one instead - partly for the extras, partly 'cos then I know I can't screw it up!

    I've been on the fence about getting one - let's face it, a quad-core 1.5GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, and five-hour battery life ain't setting the world alight - but the trackball and mechanical keyboard swayed me. Plus it should basically last forever - each individual battery cell is replaceable. I reviewed, but didn't get to keep, that open laptop thing Bunnie did, and I've always regretted not picking one up!
     
  13. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees The Cat Lies Down on Broadway

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    This reminds me of my time with a company in Bristol, that serviced and repaired laptops for Dell in the late 90s. All but the very latest machines had a heavy, plastic coated, metal trackball that was really easy to use.
     
  14. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    Couldn't you just DIY one out of a new Raspberry Pi @Gareth Halfacree? This is bit-tech after all, it's what we do.
     
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  15. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Raspberry Pi ain't open, tho'. The whole point of the Reform is that it is: everything's released, from firmware source to case design files to not only schematics but PCB layouts. It boots with only a single binary blob - for the memory controller - and runs without any, unless you want to use an external HDMI display in which case you need another blob. The SOM's COTS, but open-spec - and uses a standard SODIMM layout, so in theory anyone could design their own SOM to replace it.
     
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  16. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    Ahh it's a principle thing. I'm on board with that.
     
  17. Byron C

    Byron C Probably isn't Hitler, but definitely a muppet

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    Starting at $1000 for the DIY kit, that's quite a bit of a premium to pay for the principle of (almost) everything being open :thumb:. Fine if that's your thing, but that's way too rich for my blood - I'll stick to my second-hand/refurb ThinkPads for laptop duties :grin:.
     
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  18. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    No, er...

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    ...Nub either :happy:
     
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  19. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Premium, in order of how much it affects the price from least to most:
    • Fully open
    • Mechanical keyboard, custom trackpad or trackball
    • Custom design
    • Hand-built
    • Very small production run
    If they were building a few million, like Lenovo, it'd be a lot cheaper!
     
  20. Byron C

    Byron C Probably isn't Hitler, but definitely a muppet

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    Although the fact that it's fully open doesn't add anything to the BOM or manufacturing costs, it does drive the need to for a completely custom designed and built laptop :thumb:. Like I said, if being fully open is a priority for you then go for it - it's just not enough of a priority for me to justify the price tag :grin:.
     

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