"The Phillips TiVo has taken the tinkerer world by storm. At
first, this device was trumpeted for its utility on sites like Ars
and slashdot. When the news that these machines were running linux
inside and _could_ be tinkered with came out, even more of these
machines flew off the shelf. In recent weeks, more exotic hacks for
these machines have risen including one allowing for ethernet. The
TiVo shows that the ppc architecture does not have to compete on
the desktop to be successful."
"IBM finally got exposure late this year on the monster they
have brewing. The Power4 first came to light in our littel niche
this summer when a bootlog surfaced with the bogomips removed. This
successor to the capable Power3 processor is a multi-core, SOI,
copper interconnect, piece of raw 64bit goodness. It has received
play from some of the hardware sites but can only be speculated on
since it is not in full production yet. The ASCI White Power3 based
supercomputer is the fastest in the world right now so one can only
wonder how far the Power4 can take computing."
"This year we have seen the rise of what this author considers
the first true inernet appliance, the Kerbango by 3com. Until now,
most Internet 'Appliances' were merely cheap PCs with limited
capabilities. Yeah, right. The Kerbango is an embedded linux
device using a ppc processor. It is an Internet radio. You turn the
knobs to tune in to Internet radio channels. These devices are
nice for those of us who don't like sparing our CPU cycles for
decoding mp3 streams or RealPlayer feeds. You plug the Kerbango
into a cat5 jack and voila! You can turn it on and off easily and
you operate it using a few buttons and knobs. It has a small
footprint and consumes little power. This is in this author's
opinion the first true mass market Internet appliance.
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