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Archive for July, 2008
You may have last seen gOS, the free, Ubuntu-based Linux distribution, touted here as a way to revive an old PC with a webapp focus. Now there’s three flavors of gOS available, including a ‘Space’ release that was designed with a Mac-like slickness to its interface, and a lot of MySpace functionality thrown in, on top of all the other Google, Facebook, and other link-ups. ‘Space’ ups the hardware demands from the standard gOS (to about the modern Ubuntu requirements); if you’re running older stock or just like the original interface, it’s still offered as ‘gOS Rocket E,’ or the GNOME-based ‘gOS Rocket G’ for Ubuntu fans. Live CDs/DVDs are offered for each flavor, so it’s free to take a look. Photo by thinbegin.
It’s simple, and cool, literally. In theory, this would be a great way to cool yourself but in practice you might look like too nerdy. It doesn’t need any battery, since it’s solar-powered and what better place to get sunlight than a cap visor? It might kill attacking mosquitoes too… Brando is currently selling it for $10.
Today Data Robotics launched the second generation of its Drobo ‘storage robot’. Drobo is a drive system that offers redundant data protection, and instant expandability allowing storage capacity to grow over time as need be. New enhancements in the second generation Drobo include an upgraded core processor, two FireWire 800 ports, dramatically increased USB 2.0 performance, and newly optimized firmware. If you held off on buying the first generation Drobo because it was USB only, this new one is for you.
- Best in class performance
- Redundant data protection
- Hot expansion up to 16TB
- Ability to take advantage of mix and match drive capacities
- Two FireWire 800 ports (FireWire 400 compatible)
- One USB 2.0 port
The second generation Drobo is priced at USD$499 and also comes in a 2TB version for USD$899, and a 4TB version for USD$1,299. Discount codes are also available if you know where to look.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Drobo, take a video tour with Cali Lewis.
Google Maps wants to help you get where you’re going on foot with a new option to switch your step-by-step driving directions to walking directions. The main difference between walking and driving directions appears to be time estimates, with Google estimating your walking pace at about 19 minutes per mile. The walking directions appear to deviate from driving directions at times, though from trying it in my neighborhood I can’t pinpoint why it’s changing for the walking route. The other main difference is the ominous warning that I should ‘use caution when walking in unfamiliar areas.’ Thanks for the dose of fear, Google. (I guess the same doesn’t apply to driving?) We’d heard some users were seeing walking directions rolled out a few weeks ago, but it looks like Google has recently unveiled the feature to all users.