Archive for April, 2010

The embarrassing WePad

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Now after the WePad demonstration, which was just playing a mockup video inside the Windows Media Player, I guess Neofonie needs some private lessons how to build, and introduce a Linux tablet, even more so that the JooJoo tablet is already there, and is shipping:

  • never ever show-cast it with Windows
  • even less so if it is x86 based, there is virtually no setup cost, hell take any Linux, ChromeOS, Android or -as last resort- Ubuntu near you
  • don’t claim a cheap Asian OEM device is “designed in Germany”, in times of the internet people will notice
  • don’t just start importing an Asian OEM device when others (iPad, JooJoo) are already shipping, and don’t wait another half a year until your employees learned to create a Linux product, by that time the underdog is even less hot
  • don’t name it like a utility to pee, the lesson should already be learned after Nintendo’s Wii

That’s was the basic introduction, as Mr. -red scarf- Neofonie is located in Berlin, too, he may feel invited to contact me for some more private Linux and marketing lessons (and Asian connections).

Jacob Elektronik

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Yesterday I ordered at the Jacob Elektronik online shop for the first time. Although I have a mixed history with those non-major online stores, the price for the Intel X18 SSD was pretty good.

Long story short: it’s actually no long story, they shipped it it just some hours after I ordered, and it arrived in just 24h, that is today!

You thought AppStore review couldn’t get worse?

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Then you might be surprised that Apple now forbids using your language of choice, …

Dissect, disassemble, open the Nokia Booklet

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

So you want to upgrade the quite slow Toshiba, MK1235GSL (4200rpm, quickly auto head parking, so that (any OS) UI freezes on FS object access until the disk spun up again).

Fortunately it is pretty easy to open, disassemble the Nokia Booklet. The keyboard can be flipped open by pressing back 2 clips with a plastic (like credit) card, and the keyboard sides with either a tiny plastic tool, or a fingernail.


And I thought it was just an April Fool…

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

but Sony indeed removed the OtherOS functionality with the v3.21 PS3 firmware update on April the 1st. So in order to use the primary function I purchased the 64bit PowerPC and Cell equipped small form factor workstation, I now have to carefully avoid to ever update the firmware again. Oh wait, there still is George Hotz to help out.

I’m crossing my fingers if that allows me to update to the more energy efficient PS3 Slim.

Certainly not the smartest move from Sony, to highly motivate some thousand, if not ten thousands, programmers -certainly some of the brightest minds, using it for super-computers in university labs- to regain access. Maybe even beyond the former restricted access, but now to the RSX, one more SPE, or Slim, as well.

Porsche Museum Stuttgart

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

From the Porsche designed VW Beetle to the modern – the Porsche museum in Stuttgart, Germany is definitely worth a look:

… more in the whole gallery

In Stuttgart you will also find the Mercedes museum, too. Unfortunately I did not yet have a free time slot to get there. However, I got some good shoots when they had a special 100 anniversary exhibition in a shopping mall in Berlin:

… more in the whole gallery

Esoteric, embedded x86 CPU performance

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

score 147
Microsoft Windows YlmF Ghost XP SP2 YE3.0 (#205409)
Vortex86 SoC @ 999 MHz (1 processor)

score 191
GBT___ AWRDACPI (#218595)
AMD-K6 3D+ @ 451 MHz (1 processor)

score 200
INSYDE CS553x__ (#43975)
Geode Integrated by AMD PCS @ 498 MHz (1 processor)

score 209
Linux PC (VIA Nehemiah) (#151851)
VIA C3, Nehemiah @ 999 MHz (1 processor)

score 464
Compaq Compaq Tablet PC TC1000 (#166888)
Transmeta Crusoe TM5800 @ 997 MHz (1 processor)

score 517
Linux PC (VIA C7 Processor 1500MHz) (#228756)

score 956
Linux PC (Transmeta Efficeon(tm) Processor TM8000) (#54706)
Transmeta Efficeon TM8000 @ 1.60 GHz (1 processor)

Some CPUs, such as the Vortex86 (formerly SiS 550) are particularly bad on the performance per MHz ratio, and the VIA C3 and C7 are not much better. For me it is surprising to see how well the old and “Code morphing” Transmeta CPUs perform for their time.

Some more results are also quoted in my Atom performance post.