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Fascinating device indeed but the point is kind of moot. For any household that can afford a HDMI TV; a netbook or cheap OEM PC falls within the affordable range.
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post #52 of 65
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There is no internet connectivity? k
An internet enabled lcd tv derp.
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Fascinating device indeed but the point is kind of moot. For any household that can afford a HDMI TV; a netbook or cheap OEM PC falls within the affordable range.
I think you're missing the point.

When you want to program a PC, there's a whole layer of development software you have to go through, and you've got to learn not just languages but many different APIs as well, and how to debug everything when things go wrong. Even if you wanted to bypass all OS's and create something that boots on it's own and just runs, you'd still have to learn how to make something bootable and interface it with the hardware through interrupts and/or DMA, and how to use all the tools needed to do it.

While for a lot of people here on OCN it might not be that hard to learn because most people already have quite a good understanding of how it all works, this device is meant for kids who don't know much about computers at all, so that hopefully more of them get interested in it. It's meant to be something that they can just turn on and start programming, similar to how old computers used to be with nothing but a command line and a built-in BASIC interpreter. They probably won't be THAT low level, but that's the general idea.
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post #54 of 65
How about $3?

http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index....+launchpadwiki


I keep one of those near all my PCs. Fun to make lights light up with C++
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post #55 of 65
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I think you're missing the point.

When you want to program a PC, there's a whole layer of development software you have to go through, and you've got to learn not just languages but many different APIs as well, and how to debug everything when things go wrong. Even if you wanted to bypass all OS's and create something that boots on it's own and just runs, you'd still have to learn how to make something bootable and interface it with the hardware through interrupts and/or DMA, and how to use all the tools needed to do it.

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Fair point; I was under the assumption that since the picture on the official website shows the device running Ubuntu 9.04, that it has no special priority for programming over any other computer. Affordability is the only difference.
Edited by GoTMaXPoWeR - 5/6/11 at 7:30am
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I just sent them an e-mail asking if they are taking orders...
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Those comments with "no internet?!" just make me chuckle.

You either missed the point of the device (which is in the title) or understand and are simply a horrible programmer who relies on Google.
    
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Those comments with "no internet?!" just make me chuckle.

You either missed the point of the device (which is in the title) or understand and are simply a horrible programmer who relies on Google.
Ahahaha, very true! Plus the fact you can connect it to the internet via a USB-Ethernet or Wireless adapter...

That being said... The device could be used in several more applications if it had internet.
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Problem solved
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I think these things would be fantastic for schools. Every kid gets their own and in computer labs, just have monitors and keyboards laid out. The kids walk in and plug their little computers into the keyboards and monitors and you'd have an instant PC you can take with you when you're finished working.
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