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Ruputer Turns 10

Ruputer Turns 10

It’s a watch. It’s a Computer. No – it’s a RUPUTER. RuPuter is a 16-bit 3.6 MHz watch with 128K of Ram. It has a 102×64 pixel monochrome LCD. It also contained a joystick for gaming, and 6 buttons for functionality. It could connect via serial interface or Infra Red to communicate with other devices, like another Ruputer or Windows 95. It really was a marvel of the time – 1998 to be exact. It contained W-PS-DOS version 1.16, and had an icon filled GUI. It also had an expansion option of another 128K. There were some competitors to this like the Fossil Wrist PDA. It had a slightly bigger screen , connected via USB and ran Palm III software. The batteries didn’t last long, but the watch was still impressive. Still, this is about the Ruputer – for on April 9th, 2008, the Ruputer turns 10. It was concidered the first...

Memory Appliance – Violin 1010

Memory Appliance – Violin 1010

I remember the first time I bought RAM. I got 8 – 1 MB chips of memory for $40 a meg. Ah those were the days. Where’s the Pianer? Nowadays everything is getting “Farmed” – where the item is not directly attached to a single computer. A Hard drive farm allows scaling the size of your shared folders or whatnot with a few clicks of the mouse. If Microsoft and Intel get the Parallel systems running, then processors will also be Farmed out. So it only goes to say that memory is the next thing to go. Enter in Violin and the 1010 – an appliance that farms out memory. Using the Violin Intelligent Memory Modules (VIMMs), the DRAM based chips will send out memory to where it’s needed. You can use DRAM, NAND Flash or both, and the machine will support up to 504 GB of RAM.

Bitstrip Friday with Bob Barker

Bitstrip Friday with Bob Barker

The facial features seem to need work from Bitstrips. But we’ll overlook that and post this weeks’ strip. Bob Barker from the Price is Right.

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