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don570


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PostPosted: Thu 27 Nov 2014, 21:28    Post subject:  Low cost windows computers  

Mele has a page on its low cost Windows computer $49 plus cost of Ram and storage.
There appears to be delays in mass manufacture.
Perhaps getting deliveries of Intel processor Z3735F ??

I wonder if Puppy linux could run on this??


http://en.mele.cn/products/show/34.htm


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wboz

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PostPosted: Thu 27 Nov 2014, 22:18    Post subject:  

May be a bit of quality concerns at $50!

Puppy could no doubt run on it.

Are you sure it's plus ram and storage? The trend these days is for those to be soldered in (well sometimes the eMMC is removeable, but eMMC drives are slooowwww). This one has the notable feature of a "quad cord" processor.

If you can actually add like 4GB of RAM, there could be value. Skip the eMMC, load Puppy from RAM, choose a low-resource pup and it should be nice.

Personally I like the ECS Liva PC design. Zotac has a nicer-looking wee box, but while Zotac has known thermal design issues, ECS throws a nice quality heat sink on top. I've no doubt you could use it for years as a low-spec, very use-flexible PC.
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Sylvander

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Nov 2014, 07:30    Post subject:  

I'd love to have a mini-PC [Raspberry Pi wasn't fast/powerful enough] that would run a Puppy, work with a wireless keyboard and mouse,and use my Sony Bravia TV as a display, with large text on screen, and good quality images, and stream from the web by connecting to my router using Powerline Adapters.

Anything suitable out there?
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raffy

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PostPosted: Sun 30 Nov 2014, 15:10    Post subject: interesting  

Now, that is an interesting Puppy PC, except for the "Intel HD Graphic".

Hope it does not come with "UEFI secure boot" and Win$. (I guess it doesn't...)
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There appears to be delays in mass manufacture.

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Ted Dog


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PostPosted: Sun 30 Nov 2014, 15:29    Post subject:  

My mele is stuck in a loading loop ( Android ) and my sdcards are misplaced.
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don570


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PostPosted: Mon 01 Dec 2014, 20:42    Post subject:  

Zotac is already selling a barebones computer in Canada.

Note that there is no operating system , no DDR memory, no storage memory,
no wifi or bluetooth so mele is a better deal.

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/zotac-zotac-zbox-id18-barebones-mini-pc-intel-celeron-1007u-zboxnano-id18-u/10283497.aspx

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PostPosted: Tue 02 Dec 2014, 13:29    Post subject: ECS Mini Computer  

Something to think about. NewEgg has this for $110 with free shipping right now. Thanks, Rob

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856501007&ignorebbr=1
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don570


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PostPosted: Sat 03 Jan 2015, 16:18    Post subject:  

It looks like mele's competitor 'PIPO' has been able to get a Windows model
into the market faster. $100 including Ram and storage. It's listed for sale
unlike mele's barebone model PCG03

PIPO WEBSITE

http://www.geekbuying.com/item/PIPO-X7-Windows-8-1-Smart-Mini-PC-TV-Box-Media-Player-2G-RAM-32G-ROM-Intel-3736F-1-8GHz-Quad-Core---Silver-339668.html

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nancy reagan

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PostPosted: Sat 03 Jan 2015, 17:35    Post subject: Orange pi  

Now there's orange-pi

http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/12/22/orange-pi-board/

As for those cheap Windows "computers": I once read somewhere (?) that the Windows licence is only temporary.
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8Geee


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PostPosted: Sat 03 Jan 2015, 22:36    Post subject:  

I went to the O-pi site linked to above. I would say "not foor prime-time" in any respect. Claims of copied websites/broken links, stc. Maybe wait on this one until reputation is gained.
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don570


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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jan 2015, 21:13    Post subject:  

Mele has booth at consumer electronics show

Details about low cost Windows computers -->
They claim they are in production but I still don't see a site that sells them.

Two models PCG 03 and PCG 09

PCG 09 has room inside case for a hard drive

They are charging $20 for Windows software.


http://liliputing.com/2015/01/hands-mele-pcg03-bay-trail-mini-pc.html

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PostPosted: Thu 08 Jan 2015, 07:19    Post subject: New tiny device runs Full Operating Systems  

A shot that is heard around the world ... Intel newest personal device
Think about where this is going?

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wboz

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PostPosted: Thu 08 Jan 2015, 11:09    Post subject:  

Not at all surprised on the linux offering for that stick. Think about a Point Of Sale terminal. Many run a proprietary OS, like maybe all it does is enable a cashier screen. Something like that is already built on Linux, BSD, QNX ... so Intel needs to make it easy for the vendor to program the stick with their OS.
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PostPosted: Fri 09 Jan 2015, 13:30    Post subject: Stick a USB/SSD into your Stick Computer  

Image this connected to your TV screen as you use for development, or home use, or ... (imagine Idea )

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PostPosted: Fri 09 Jan 2015, 16:30    Post subject:  

who designs those sticks where the whole unit is 6in long and supported only by plug.. Crying or Very sad
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