the $50 netbook
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Thu Oct 8 22:39:20 UTC 2009
> I have a laptop with 56 Mb of ram running debian squeeze and a speakup
is that with a soft-synth or a hardware synth? When I tried
using a soft-synth on an old P133 laptop with 32mb of RAM running
Debian, the lag was painfully noticeable. External synth/braille
hardware might ease this, as might running off a flash disk
instead of slow spinning platters. And I was running "yasr"
instead of speakup. But those extra 24mb or RAM may make a big
difference in experience. The ZipIt Z2 machine specs as best I
300Mhz Xscale processor
2.9 inch 320x240 QVGA display
QWERTY thumb keyboard
built-in 802.11 b/g support
Mini SD (SDHC) slot
I suspect that's a bit underpowered for Ubuntu, but might run a
stripped down version of Debian or Slackware pretty well.
Especially if you run console-only without X. It's certainly
more powerful than some of the machines on which I've installed
> Does anybody know what they mean when they say this zipit has a keyboard
> with a "Full backlit QWERTY design"?
It has a "chiclet" thumb keyboard with the letters arranged in
QWERTY fashion. The main alphabet keys are also arranged in a
rectangular grid instead of being slightly offset like a regular
keyboard (like "R" being above, but between the "D" and "F"
keys...on the Z2, it's directly above the "F").
As best I can tell the keyboard is arranged out as follows:
Top1: [Power] [Options] [Home]
Top2: [smile?] [prev] [next] [big logo button] [play] [stop]
(the prev/next keys can be [Alt] modified to be Rewind and Fast
Forward multi-media keys)
Keys Top Normal: QWERTYUIOP
Keys Top Modified: numbers 0-9
Keys Mid Normal: ASDFGHJKL and backspace
Keys Mid Modified: $#&@"'-
Keys Bot Normal: "...", ZXCVBNM, ";", [Enter]
Keys Bot Modified: [X] !/+*=_?:
(I'm not sure what the "[X]" does on the "..." key)
Bottom Normal: [Alt] [Up/Shift?] [Space] [comma] [period]
Bottom Modified: the comma and period can be [Alt] modified to
give "<" and "> respectively.
The [Alt] key gives access to the "modified" version of the row.
The Top1 and Top2 rows are "special" buttons (distinct from the
rest of the keyboard's buttons in color/shape/size). A larger
directional pad with a center button spans both the Top1 and Top2
rows on the right-hand side.
There are volume up/down buttons along the right-hand edge and
the speaker is below the space-bar. The memory-card slot is on
the front edge towards the right.
I might have swapped the minus and the underscore as they're
visually pretty indistinguishable.
The backlighting is just to make them more visible.
I would certainly not be adverse to playing with one of these if
I got my hands on one [grins]
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