Re: Sun Ray and alternative hardware (was rudy de haas)

From: Karl Auerbach <karl_at_cavebear_dot_com>
Date: Fri May 28 2004 - 14:03:39 CDT

On Fri, 28 May 2004, David Mertz wrote:

> I like the brick... but is the CD a writer, or just a reader? Or do
> they have an option?

With USB you can hook up (and the voter can un-hook-up or re-hook-up) just
about anything.

The ad does not say USB 1.0 (avoid), 1.1 (usable but slow, barely adequate
for writing very slowly on a highly buffered CD burner), or 2.0 (good).

I know folks who have used Bricks at trade shows in the past (early/mid
1990s) with mixed results. They had overheating problems if I remember
right.

As for the Sun Ray - it is a full computer inside. I'm not sure what it
has in there, but sun has been moving towards industry standard
architectures for several years now (too slowly for my taste as a
stockholder).

The question of what constitutes an "industry platform" is not as easy as
one might think. A typical HP server (I'm sitting near a Proliant box) is
nearly as distant from a typical PC architecture as is my car. It (the
server) is filled with all kinds of weirdo devices and extra memories and
stuff.

A better metric from the software point of view is whether the platform
supports the needed API's. Which, for Python, are pretty portable. In
that context most of the issue then becomes whether the desired I/O (bar
code reader, voice speaking mechanism, screen [both display and touch
coordinates], etc are available.

I would find the Sun Ray a pretty good platform if only it ran Linux. And
as I understand it, that's really not all that far out of the realm of
possibility.

My platform of choice is the X-Box. It's cheap, designed to survive
considerable physical abuse, with more than decent video and I/O, and it
can run Linux (well, it could last time I checked, but I haven't recently
followed the Xbox Linux vs Microsoft fight.) My main concern about X-Box
is that it is perceived as a toy; which is not the image we want to
project.

                --karl--
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