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Computer on a Stick!

Michael parekh posted about something too cool not to mention...  Computers on a Stick.  What is a computer on a stick?

From fingergear.com:

"The Computer-On-a-Stick (COS) is a USB Flash Drive featuring its own Onboard Operating System together with a full suite of Microsoft Office-compatible applications.

The Computer-On-a-Stick also boasts the powerful Mozilla Firefox Web Browser, Evolution email, and Yahoo & MSN compatible Instant Messenger for superior Internet connectivity

Plug the Computer-On-a-Stick into your PC or Laptop and instantly transform your old environment into a new and powerful secure workstation - without a hard disk!

The combination of low cost and a powerful Onboard Operating System opens up a whole new paradigm of computing. Users get all the benefits of a thin client solution without changing their existing PC hardware or software."

So, essentially toss open source software on a flash drive and off you go.  Plug and play computer...  heh.

Michael has ordered one and will report back about it.  I'm not willing to shell out for a test run so I'll have to wait for his report just like you.

This product is a GREAT idea.  I think there is a lot of promise here.  I'd be up for using a product like this with some additional offerings:

  • Web drive - I need between 5 and 10 gigs of secure web storage for documents and media.
  • Streaming data - let me stream media to my "computer on a stick"
  • And let's get crazy for a minute...  Let me access my web drive files with my phone.  That's right... why not?  Everyone has a hi-speed cellular connection now and mp3 functionality is standard on most phones.

Well, I can dream right?  It's a fun premise, I eagerly await Michael's write up.

July 27, 2005 in Web/Tech | Permalink

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