The Anti-Mac

A $25 computer? What the what?

Here are the stats:

  • 700MHz ARM11 (I don’t really know anything about computer architecture, but I’ll be keen to find out what all this means)
  • 128MB or 256MB of SDRAM
  • OpenGL ES 2.0 (for animation?)
  • 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decoder (for video/audio)
  • Composite and HDMI video
  • USB 2.0 (no power transfer, though)
  • SM/MMC/SIO memory card slot
  • General-purpose I/O (here’s wikipedia onthis. Still don’t get it myself.)
  • Optioanl integrated 2-port USB hub and 10/100 Ethernet controller (wow, that’s awesome)

So I’ll be buying one of these. Getting stuff to actually work on this thing would be such an awesome way of learning how computers tick.

I’m also reminded of Cringely’s idea for stringing together a bunch of mac minis could be implemented with the GPIO. You could get a a super-cheap, super-powerful computer for a few benjamins.

Parallel computing, baby.

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