The latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos for your pal, the Penguin.
First, the Chocolate. Now the Linuxberry?
The onslaught of Linux mobile phones
continues. This month’s choice: a
"i">Blackberry- styled device from Grundig Mobile called the
This GSM/EDGE device, initially released
in Europe, is aimed squarely at mobile email lovers with its
QWERTY-style keyboard, 2.4-inch screen, and ultra-thin profile.
Built on Linux, it supports” push” email, includes an MP3 player,
Web browser, an SMS application, and a
camera. A suggested retail price was not yet available as the
magazine went to press.
WYSIWYG? No! W-I-Z-P-Y! It’s the
name of a cool, new Linux gadget headed to the States from
Turbo Linux’s Linux-based Wizpy (
like an Apple iPod yet contains a small
USB flash drive that emulates a USB CD-ROM
at boot. Simply connect the flash drive to a PC, reset the machine,
and presto! Instant Linux workstation! Carry a Wizpy with you and
can transform any guest machine into your very own, personalized
desktop system. Surf the web in Firefox,
read email in Thunderbird, and run your
Linux applications without modifying the host.
The $250 dollar device comes in 2 GB and 4 GB sizes, sports a
256,000-color display, a radio tuner, and a voice recorder, among
other features. The Wizpy can be used to play video and music or
read e-books. Sign me up!
Load Balancing for the rest of us
A hardware load balancer can perform some nifty tricks, but the
gear is out of reach for mere mortals. Prices currently float in
the 6-digits. Yikes! So, what’s a thrifty small- and
medium-sized business geek to do? Look for alternatives, of
And happily, you need not look any further than the Coyote Point
class="story_link">http://coyotepoint.com/). Based on
FreeBSD, the latest in the company’s
Equalizer series features 21 gigabit ports,
handles 100,000 connections per second, offloads SSL for improved
performance, and multiplexes load balancing in network layers 4-7
to unlimited virtual clusters.
Scaling an application horizontally is smart and efficient, but
load balancing and redundancy are key and frequent stumbling blocks
for developers. The E550si, priced at $10,000, makes simple setup
and high-reliability load balancing hardware approachable and
I love streaming radio stations — the myriad of formats
lead me to discover loads of new music. So what could be better
than a portable IP radio?
Com One (
"story_link">http://www.com-one.biz/) is putting the final
touches on a small clock-radio that streams IP radio stations
wirelessly, and looks perfect for portable use inside or outside
your house. Built on Linux, the battery-powered
"i">Phoenix sports a 300 MHz processor, an LCD display, and
32 MB of RAM. It can also play your MP3 library via an attached USB
Available now and priced at $250, the Phoenix is perfect for
high-tech radio junkies.