unboxing of belco alpha 400 demo unit for free and affordable computer project

Posted September 23, 2008 by postalheaven
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This is like the machine we reviewed for distribution two years ago

Posted September 17, 2010 by Editor
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Most of the models are 266 MHz and have Windows CE or Windows Embedded so thus then don’t have the flexibility to really be a PC but more a dedicated Netbook like device to Wordprocessing Email Messaging and Browsing plus a few other functions perhaps Calculator and a Game.  So the machines are slower but perhaps with two plus years of being around the software should be well optimized with (argh an inflexible windows version, locked) and the battery life should be even longer with the lower powered processor.

I still am interested in selling these machines under a get one when you give one program to help those in need get a basic device.  The latest one I saw advertised at a pharmacy chain and supposedly with YouTube capability (does that mean flash or some other protocol?)

More questions remain, but the time for the  $100 computer in the United States has arrived.  The question becomes again then, “what is a computer?” since these models are not achieving all the goals we have.  For me that would be an open system that is flexible for programming and customization.

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Developing TinyPCNews.com with WordPress.org on a free webhost service

Posted June 14, 2009 by Editor
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The most significant thing is I tried to create a wordpress.org site for the first time.  It took some wrangling to learn but basically it involved (as best as I can remember it) setting up the free host service, setting up a database there with MySQL, pointing my domain server’s DNS settings to the new host, then getting the wordpress.org code down to my own pc, making modifications to a sample file in a text editor with database settings and encrytion settings, saving that text file under another functional name, figuring out exactly how to archive that file for uploading to the server so that it would function correctly when extracted there, ftp uploading it to the right place so the  server knew how to extract the files correctly, running an initialization script through extrapolating the correct address for it in a webbrowser, downloading to my pc a template worth playing with, ftp uploading the template files into the correct folder on the server so that the wordpress interface knows how to find the template, making configurations to the templates widgets, going to one of my wordpress.com accounts to get an API key to get the Spam Filter Plug-In activated:

What did I produce: a content-less website with no statistics but one that is hosted on a server that I have contral panel access to and which I can use the full width of wordpress.org code and compatible code with.

Also for general internet presence I caught up on getting the following:

I got the http://tinypcnews.blogspot.com moniker from blogger, I also already had http://tinypcnews.wordpress.com I also set up a youtube at http://youtube.com/tinypcnews.  I also went up and set up a Amazon Storefront at:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/shops/index.html?ie=UTF8&sellerID=A2ME2H26QFWC52

New addition to Gydos.com: JustSmartbooks.com

Posted June 14, 2009 by Editor
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Time lately has been dominated by family activity, when twins arrived to my wife and me on April 25th, a little girl and a little boy.

Nonetheless, I have continued to expand my internet domain real estate and acquired http://www.justsmartbooks.com a few days ago .  I also set up an Amazon account as JustSmartbooks http://www.amazon.com/gp/shops/index.html?ie=UTF8&sellerID=A3DR1FQQTEPEFW, I set up two blogs one at http://justsmartbooks.wordpress.com and another at http://justsmartbooks.blogspot.com,  a youtube account at http://www.youtube.com/justsmartbooks.  So far there is no content at any of these locations.

I also renewed my ownership of http://www.tinypcnews.com this past month

I am not active with http://www.hafup.com, http://www.ircgreensboro.com, or http://www.sparechangenews.com or at the HIVE or around town with HungryInGreensboro.  I have also been taking a sabattical from WRLP.  Nonetheless I have been sorting through the materials and experiences I acquired throughout this past fall, winter and spring slowly on my “free time” in order to best maximize the experiences.

Also purchased an ASUS 901 EEE W003X from RitzCamera.com.  Can’t wait to do the unboxing video and followup on what was don at www.minilini.net last year but through a new angle.

Actually we have 2,025 views on the youtube of last years gogivepc demo unit the belco alpha 400

Posted June 14, 2009 by Editor
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Just wanted to update that post since whenever I see that older version of that post, it makes me cringe.  So on average we are getting 200-300 hits per month on just that video http://youtube.com/pgydos .  Can’t wait to shoot the next video, about a very mainstreamed and no longer bleeding edge, Asus EEE 901 W003x (windows XP version with 12 GB flash drives (4 GB fast flash, 8 slow flash)),  I want to put in everything I have learned this year into this video if I can so I’ve been taking my time. Also technically, this machine will not be a minilini (Small Linux Machine) until I put another install alongside the windows on the internal flash drive, or as a usb drive boot) I bought it to try various EEE operating systems and to try my hand at modding if I got a chance to get any mod parts.

64 views on my first you tube – the demo unit for our free and affordable computer project

Posted September 29, 2008 by postalheaven
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I have got 64 views on my first ever you tube, and I am shamelessly asking you to help get that number up,  and also please leave your comments!!

You will get to see a piece of technology that is in my opinion will prove to be very significant.

If you haven’t seen this nifty little computer as of yet, then see my first ever youtube:

The unboxing of our demo unit for our free and affordable computer project: The Belco Alpha 400

at this url: https://minilini.wordpress.com/2008/09/23/unboxing-of-belco-alpha-400-demo-unit-for-free-and-affordable-computer-project/. Its the top post on https://minilini.wordpress.com.

Eternet 10/100 port worked on my Belco Alpha 400 at public location (yesterday) 092508

Posted September 25, 2008 by postalheaven
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Yesterday, I gained internet access on my Belco Alpha 400 (purchased by donor at bloggingpoet-shoppes.com) through a cat-5 ethernet cable plugged on one side into the computer’s 10/100 Eternet port on its backside and plugged on the other side to an eternet port on the floor of a library at a local public university.

The internet connection was faster than the wireless connections I had used thus far. In both cases internet on this computer is a bit slow but tolerable. An amazingly large amount of visibility of text and picture and sound content. With eternet plugged in this computer, the tolerability was bumped up considerably and realliy then the Alpha 400 seems like its running in its sweet zone and sort of fun knowing you are using a 7″ computer.

I admit this computer really likes a table surface to be on, this makes really more of a subnotebook type of netbook than a mobile internet device type or cell phone hybrid device. This machine is for those who miss the touch type keyboard in their mobile device. They want to compute remotely but they need more typing capability than on a blackberry.

So far for typing up notes and doing a quick text pic sound content websurf, the Alpha 400 seems to do the trick for about $200.

logitech wireless usb mouse work on belco alpha 400 model 092508

Posted September 25, 2008 by postalheaven
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Logitech Wireless USB Mouse works on Belco Alpha 400 model

Yesterday I plugged in my wife’s Logitech Wireless USB mouse to the Belco Alpha 400 demo unit bought as a demo unit for our free and affordable laptop project. (purchased at http://www.bloggingpoet-shoppes.com – not currently available but working on it)

I plugged in the mouse ‘s usb dongle mid-session and it promptly worked with no configuration needed!

I don’ t expect all peripherals to work instantly on this machine but that was refreshing.

It also generated a new micro-project, easy toggle of the touchpad on the comuter on and off.