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    25 Dollar PC

    How about you're next PC being one of these.

    http://www.geekosystem.com/raspberry-pi-25-dollar-pc/

    I don't know if it will become something big or anything but still, neat as can be. At least it's faster than the original iPhone processor.
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    #2
    If you want the same thing with a display and a keyboard and a case with batteries, buy one of those ARM netbooks for $100 or less. You'll still throw it in the trash eventually because of the lack of power. There are currently ARM9 systems that fit inside an RJ45 network socket and run Linux.
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      #3
      Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
      If you want the same thing with a display and a keyboard and a case with batteries, buy one of those ARM netbooks for $100 or less. You'll still throw it in the trash eventually because of the lack of power. There are currently ARM9 systems that fit inside an RJ45 network socket and run Linux.
      I was thinking along the same lines. Those are neat but as embedded devices. Well, that's what I would trust them to be, anyways.
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        #4
        I think calling it a $25 PC is very misleading since you need to add a display, keyboard and mouse. When you figure in the cost of those "extras" you're nowhere near $25.

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          #5
          They should rename it, "The 25 Dollar CPU with ports," or something like that.
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            #6
            i remember seeing this a few months back. it's pretty interesting -- but yeah, it's not very powerful. i'll stick with my Phenom II X4 955 overclocked to 4 GHz thank you very much.

            i suppose in a pinch it could be a lifesaver though. it could also make a capable little web server as long as you're not hosting microsoft.com
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              #7
              I'd thought about this as a firewall/mail server for a small network, but there's no ethernet connection and rather limited I/O. I suppose you could hook on a USB hub and add a USB NIC and keyboard, but it starts to look less attractive. Right now, I'm using an old HP ePC with a 1.4GHz Celeron and a Seagate 5GB Microdrive as a hard disk. It runs from a wall wart and has been running Debian for years without being rebooted more often than every 6 months to a year. I'm guessing power consumption with the monitor turned off is probably about 20-30 watts.
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                #8
                yeah the lack of built-in ethernet is a major problem, imo. that HP you use is very acceptable as a firewall/server. my firewall/router is a 700 MHz Athlon that probably takes way too much power. i have it running ClearOS.
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                  #9
                  It'll have some uses but as most of the other cheap project computers I hear about I'm not sure if the buzz wears off and they live on or if they just die out and never come to fruition. There was some compact cheap computer system with ethernet built-in for like $60 I thought but I don't recall the specs. Either way, probably no use as a PC (too slow) but useful as a small monitoring device for specialized tasks. I/O is the biggest hiccup most of these systems have and that will keep it from doing well I'm sure.
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                    #10
                    I think it has some promise for the stated vision of being a student's personal computer-science education machine, but I wouldn't recommend it for normal use.
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                      #11
                      I dont know about the rest of you, but when I see that small board, I see the core of my cell phone. Granted its only $25. But you are really limited to just usb, it doesn't feel totally right.
                      It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

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                        #12
                        I'll bet you can't do very much on it. Probably more of an experimental toy. Still, hooking up a circuit board to your TV would be interesting.
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by DOS lives on!! View Post
                          I'll bet you can't do very much on it. Probably more of an experimental toy. Still, hooking up a circuit board to your TV would be interesting.
                          I've wondered what you could do with a DTV converter box. At least one that I have has a DE9 serial connector on the back and can display registers and debug messages.
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
                            Right now, I'm using an old HP ePC with a 1.4GHz Celeron and a Seagate 5GB Microdrive as a hard disk.
                            Nice, mine is a Celron 300 w/ 256Mb of RAM and a 6gb IDE drive, works perfectly.

                            What surprised me about this machine is that it can do 1080p. but I think they need to get a ethernet jack on it somehow before it becomes truly appealing to me. I'd use it as some sort of headless server, but it is true there is not much power there for it to be truly robust.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
                              At least one that I have has a DE9 serial connector on the back and can display registers and debug messages.
                              I saw a serial port on the back of a Comcast box and wondered what it was for.

                              Weird idea, If newer TVs come with USB, ethernet or wireless,and some have a wireless keyboard, I wonder if you could rework the insides or ROM so it would boot an OS off a USB drive? That would make for an awesome TV........no, and awesome computer TV!
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