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OQO For Sale

timothy posted about 10 years ago | from the bundle-for-joy dept.

Portables 207

captainJam writes "After many delays, the OQO is available for sale, or pre-order actually. However, they will begin shipping in the middle of next month. Read the scoop for how much it'll set you back. Check this link if you're still not sure what the OQO is." Update: 10/13 13:49 GMT by H : I've got a Model 01 that was sent over for review; I'll be checking it out with both XP & Linux; it's definitely one of the cooler handhelds out there.

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Panurgism (3, Insightful)

mirko (198274) | about 10 years ago | (#10512973)

Panurgism is the reaction to an ever repeating tired joke :
The fact is that I am not interested anymore, I just do not believe what they kept repeating while postponing their product.

Re:Panurgism (4, Interesting)

TAGmclaren (820485) | about 10 years ago | (#10513027)

The fact is that I am not interested anymore, I just do not believe what they kept repeating while postponing their product.


So true.

And the world has changed a fair bit since that product was announced by the OQO (ex-Apple) guys so long ago. Their former employer came back to trump them with a portable device that people actually want - the iPod.

The thing that Apple now gets(TM) is that there's no point putting forward a product so far ahead of its time that people don't want it yet (e.g. the Newton). I'll bet that the OQO is going to fall squarely into this category; a great idea that's overpriced, underpowered and breaks too easily.

-- james

Re:Panurgism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513172)

The only usable Linux-capable handheld that does not make you look like a ridiculous nerd are the Sharp Zaurus C[78][056]0 models. You can run X, Qt- and GTK+-2-apps work, and it looks sufficiently attractive that even non-geeky girls ask "Ooh, and what is this?" (possibly they are referring to me, but I think it's the Zaurus).

Re:Panurgism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513080)

all the links go to handtops, what a surprise from this sleezy site.

How this wh*re of an article got to the page is disgraceful. Its not even a full enough article to make any sort of judgement on the product - it doesn't even take about the product. Its nothing more than astrocr*p from handtops.com.

Hooray! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10512979)

Yes, you can be first in line to buy this outdated, overpriced POS. Wake me when they use an intel processor, have 512MB or more of ram, USB 2.0, and compactflash/SD support...

Re:Hooray! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513294)

Americans suck at engineering. All your "new" products are rip-offs of Japanese quality products.

Not true (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513486)

The A-Bomb was something new we introduced to Japan.

And the OQO is... (0, Flamebait)

embeejay (446541) | about 10 years ago | (#10512982)

"Out of the available and soon to be released handtops, the OQO is easily the lightest and smallest. The size is 124 x 86 x 23mm (4.9 x 3.4 x .9") and weighs only .397kg or 0.88lbs (14oz)."

Re:And the OQO is... (1)

Ignignot (782335) | about 10 years ago | (#10512994)

Thank you. The link has already been slashdotted. That is one horrible article summary.

Damn straight (5, Insightful)

Rogerborg (306625) | about 10 years ago | (#10513020)

Would it really fuck up an editor's day to actually do some, you know, editing? What the hell do these guys do all day, and can I get paid to do the same?

Re:Damn straight (1)

generic-man (33649) | about 10 years ago | (#10513149)

Sure, you can get paid. Unfortunately all the editors get paid in VA Linux stock [yahoo.com] options, and as such they cannot afford their medicine or food on most days.

Re:Damn straight (1, Funny)

Megaweapon (25185) | about 10 years ago | (#10513178)

Hey, Hemos did post a link to this "Linux" thing on his update, in case if some people on this site have never heard of this "Linux" thing.

Re:And the OQO is... (4, Informative)

DigitumDei (578031) | about 10 years ago | (#10513052)

http://www.oqo.com/hardware/basics/

The official marketing version. :)

In the dark (-1, Redundant)

LuthierBoy (811490) | about 10 years ago | (#10512987)

Dammit, I clicked the above link for those who are don't know what OQO is but its teh down. I guess there're a lot of people that don't know what it is.

Re:In the dark (0)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | about 10 years ago | (#10513110)

Dammit, I clicked the above link for those who are don't know what OQO is but its teh down. I guess there're a lot of people that don't know what it is.

Well, according to OQO.com:

The OQO model 01 is also the most versatile computer to date.

Does this mean it can be a server strong enough to prevent slashdotting?

MirrorDot (0)

dangerz (540904) | about 10 years ago | (#10513324)

Saw this site in someone's post yesterday.

http://www.mirrordot.org/ [mirrordot.org]

While it might blind you, it does has a cache of the original site and is very handy.

Underpowered? (3, Interesting)

RichardThree3 (818335) | about 10 years ago | (#10512991)

Yes I'd seen this over in mip's scan [typepad.com] that the OQO has finally [typepad.com] launched and is taking orders on their website. I'm not sure though - it seems pretty underpowered for the price. The Flipstart seems to be a more promising unit.

Re:Underpowered? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513348)

Erhm, the FlipStart is twice the size of the OQO. Like saying a big-heavy Dell notebook is "more promising" than a TiBook.

Did anyone ever really believe... (1, Funny)

stecoop (759508) | about 10 years ago | (#10512993)

that the internet bubble was a hoax?

Proof it wasn't - you better have a bunch of grade A stock options to fling at a handtop.

For the "under $2000 price tag, you get a box with:
- state of the art OQO handtop
- power cord & AC adaptor
- docking cable
- desktop stand
- digital pen
- carrying case and a manual/guide

For sub-$2000 (2, Interesting)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 10 years ago | (#10513003)

I get basically the same thing as a newer, clamshell Zaurus, but without Linux? I get a used Apple iBook, but without OSX or Mac goodness? Where's the compelling reason to buy?

Re:For sub-$2000 (1)

julesh (229690) | about 10 years ago | (#10513058)

Based on another poster's description, it is a fully functional 1GHz processor intel-compatible PC. In that case you can run Linux on it if you want, but it comes with XP as standard.

Re:For sub-$2000 (1)

mirko (198274) | about 10 years ago | (#10513137)

Which XP ?
  1. this one [slashdot.org] ?
    OR
  2. this one [slashdot.org] ?

Re:For sub-$2000 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513393)

Actually, even the top-model 14" iBook is 500$US less than the OQO.

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects /A ppleStore?family=iBook

If you want portability, then the 12" is 1099$US.

Mind you, if Apple ever releases a sub-notebook (maybe not as small as the OQO, but something similar to a small Omnibook or Libretto) then I' buy one immediatly! (wasn't IBM working on an Altivec G3?)

What the hell is it? (5, Insightful)

gpinzone (531794) | about 10 years ago | (#10513004)

Wow. No description of what the hell this thing is, but he does give links to find out and they're both slashdotted.

Can the editors please institute a policy that they only accept/post stories that are adequately descriptive?

Re:What the hell is it? (3, Informative)

leonmergen (807379) | about 10 years ago | (#10513050)

Not even that, but try to link to a site that's a bit more descriptive about what it actually is. It's a long time ago I've seen such a bad 'What is >?' site. It immediately starts of with technical details, that it has a power chord, etc.

What the hell is it ? Is it a PDA ? Is it a notebook ? Is it the latest wannahave-gadget ?

Re:What the hell is it? (2, Interesting)

dpilot (134227) | about 10 years ago | (#10513120)

I can't rtfa, either. But a quick shot at google, and you'll find that, "The OQO computer is a full-featured pocketable Windows XP computer."

Since we're all talking about "it," it first made me wonder if it's a two-wheeled thingy to make walking obsolete. I actually saw someone using a Segway "in the wild" (as opposed to captivity - ie, demo) today on the way to work - outside on a sidewalk.

Re:What the hell is it? (2, Informative)

dave (223) | about 10 years ago | (#10513089)

The OQO computer is a full-featured pocketable Windows XP computer.

Google search [google.com]

dave

Re:What the hell is it? (2, Funny)

ceeam (39911) | about 10 years ago | (#10513329)

What the hell is "Windows XP"?

Ok, ok ;)

Re:What the hell is it? (1)

JayJay.br (206867) | about 10 years ago | (#10513103)

It's a computer! [oqo.com]

Re:What the hell is it? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513306)

Based on the chatter it's like a Newton, but gooder. Or something.

OQO? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513005)

When posting a summary about something with an obscure name such as OQO, it is essential to actually tell us what it is. Why force us to visit the site, which seems to already be /.'ed, just to find out wtf you are talking about?

Submitted by Timothy... (4, Insightful)

toetagger1 (795806) | about 10 years ago | (#10513012)

"Check this link if you're still not sure what the OQO is."

You couldn't find enough room in the cover story to describe what it was, so you linked to a web page that was /.ed when there was a total of 1 comments posted. Great Job!

Re:Submitted by Timothy... (1)

wscott (20864) | about 10 years ago | (#10513108)

Just go to mirrordot.org...

Re:Submitted by Timothy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513130)

I know!! what a cunt!

Re:Submitted by Timothy... (1)

hackstraw (262471) | about 10 years ago | (#10513397)

Actually it was /.ed during the "subscriber preview". I was going to mail daddypants about it, but since noone reads and/or does anything with mails to daddypants its kinda worthless.

Another interesting feature I would like to see on /. is a 10 minute or so delay before anyone can post to an article. That way people might read the article or think before they post. This would make for a "flatter" discussion instead of the first person that has something to say get replied to with every tangent under the sun.

From the OQO Website (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513018)

The OQO model 01 ultra personal computer (uPC) is a fully-functional Windows XP computer. The OQO has a 1GHz processor, a 20GB hard drive, 256MB of RAM, a color transflective display, and integrated wireless, as well as Fire Wire and USB ports. It is powerful enough to run your most complex applications.

Just 4.9 inches long, 3.4 inches wide, .9 inches thin, and weighing only 14 ounces, the model 01 can fit in a pocket or purse and go with you anywhere. For easy typing and cursor control it has a complete thumb keyboard with TrackStik and mouse buttons as well as digital pen and thumbwheel. It is the much anticipated device for people who previously had to choose between the bulk and awkwardness of a laptop and the limited capability of a PDA.

The OQO model 01 is also the most versatile computer to date. With the OQO docking cable, it can easily connect to projectors and Ethernet. Placed in the desktop stand it is a desktop computer, allowing you to connect easily to a variety of peripherals, including full-size keyboards, printers, scanners, and high-resolution monitors. It shifts easily from one mode to the other with no data synchronization required. With an OQO model 01 you can move throughout your day and enjoy constant access to all your information and Windows XP programs. You can use the same computer for high-powered applications at work, sending email at home, listening to music on a train, or watching a movie on an airplane. It is the only computer you need.

Re:From the OQO Website (-1, Redundant)

mirko (198274) | about 10 years ago | (#10513061)

What ? No bluetooth when even my phone has it ?
No wifi either ?
How can it be portable if it's dependant on wires ?
What's its autonomy ???

No way I'd acquire such a crap : I had less good reasons to sell my Zaurus.

Re:From the OQO Website (3, Informative)

kidgenius (704962) | about 10 years ago | (#10513092)

Actually, it does have bluetooth and 802.11b support.

Re:From the OQO Website (1)

CommanderData (782739) | about 10 years ago | (#10513094)

It has both 802.11b and Bluetooth built in.

Re:From the OQO Website (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513163)

It has BT and wireless. Learn to read you stupid fucking nigger.

Try to sound all glib and shove your foot right in your fucking mouth. I love it. You ignorant, half-assed, two-bit fuck.

Re:From the OQO Website (0, Flamebait)

mirko (198274) | about 10 years ago | (#10513190)

This was not mentioned in the parent post.
BTW, if you're sooooo well informed, you'd be a good white boy (would you call me a nigger, were you not that manichean ?) if you answered my point about its autonomy...

Re:From the OQO Website (1)

gkelman (665809) | about 10 years ago | (#10513269)

Do you get paid for mentioning the word "autonomy"? Half the article comments I've read today have you saying autonomy about 150 times.

I _think_ the phrase you want is "battery life", but I'm not sure.

Re:From the OQO Website (1)

mirko (198274) | about 10 years ago | (#10513297)

Lol

No, but it's the reason I dropped the Zaurus and the Powerbook until we get some decent machines :)

Kind of an obsession... Maybe because I recently read about fuel cells and there's still nothing showing up.

Re:From the OQO Website (0)

CountBrass (590228) | about 10 years ago | (#10513334)

Hey he's learning English one word at a time by working his way through the Dictionary. "Autonomy" is today's word.

Or, to misquote Gandalf from the LOTR:FOR film: "Autonomy means precisely what I mean it to mean". ;-)

Re:From the OQO Website (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513074)

What they don't tell you is that the 1GHz processor is a Transmeta chip- sloooooow. Also the hard drive and RAM are NOT upgradable. USB is only version 1.1- slooooow. I know that this has been in development for several years, but c'mon, at least double the RAM and put USB 2.0 in before you release it. It's a goddamn $2000 dinosaur...

More from the OQO Website (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513134)

SAME AC! :-)

specifications

* 1GHz Transmeta processor
* 20GB hard drive (shock-mounted)
* 256MB DDR RAM
* Dimensions: 4.9" x 3.4" x .9"
* Weight: 14 ounces
* 800 x 480 W-VGA 5" transflective display (indoor/outdoor readable)
* 3D accelerated graphics with 8mb video RAM
* QWERTY thumb keyboard with mouse buttons and TrackStik®
* 802.11b wireless
* Bluetooth® wireless
* 4-pin FireWire® (1394)
* USB 1.1
* 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
* Microphone
* Digital pen
* Removable lithium polymer battery
* Battery life up to three hours, depending on usage
* OQO docking cable includes:
o 3D accelerated 1280 x 1024 VGA video output
o Additional USB
o Additional FireWire (1394)
o Ethernet
o DC power
o Audio out

additional features

* Active hard drive protection that safely parks hard drive heads upon detecting freefall
* Screen that slides on rack and pinion mechanism to reveal thumb keyboard
* Shift, control, function and alt keys that have smart-lock with LED indicators
* Thumbwheel allows for traditional scrolling as well as enhanced features
* Ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts backlight to appropriate level
* External antenna connector for 802.11b (in addition to built-in diversity antennas)

included accessories

* Power cord & AC adaptor
* Docking cable
* Desktop stand
* Digital pen
* Carrying sleeve

Re:More from the OQO Website (1)

mirko (198274) | about 10 years ago | (#10513226)

Battery life up to three hours, depending on usage

What If I surf while listening to mp3 ?
I only get around 10 minutes autonomy ?

No Way !!!

Pslashdotted! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513021)

And the site appears to be slashdotted.

*yay* and I was JUST about to order one.. oh well.

Smac

don't tell us what it is then... (4, Insightful)

close_wait (697035) | about 10 years ago | (#10513024)

Why do I have to follow a &%$@ link just to find out even the vaguest idea of what the article is about...?

lack of editing mutter mutter not like that in my day mutter mutter youth of today mutter mutter ...

Re:don't tell us what it is then... (1)

squaretorus (459130) | about 10 years ago | (#10513144)

You can always spot a good story on /. - theres more bitching about the quality of the /. coverage that no one even bothers to talk about the topic.

I guess we'll just wait for the dupe to comment on the kit.

Re:don't tell us what it is then... (1)

AbbyNormal (216235) | about 10 years ago | (#10513153)

Maybe its a marketing gimic on Slashdot? Hype up a product and provide little/no information so that the consumer really wants to find out about it. Even the "Update" for the article has a link to handheld reviews, which has absolutely NO information. Slashdot, now a nerd marketing firm?

OQO For Sale (1)

nhnfreespirit (809462) | about 10 years ago | (#10513031)

And tomorrow, hell freezes over... OQO has got to be the king of vapor, and now they are actually ready to sell a product!? Now what were the odds of that at your local bookmaker? Someone could have made a fortune. Might be a pretty cool device from what I have previously read about it though!

The king of vapor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513113)

And here I always thought it was Duke Nukem Forever!

Slashdotted! (3, Funny)

inkdesign (7389) | about 10 years ago | (#10513032)

Guess they're using one to run the webserver!

Re:Slashdotted! (1)

julesh (229690) | about 10 years ago | (#10513081)

I dunno, I reckon a palmtop computer with a 1Gb processor and 256Mb of RAM would last longer than that site did.

Re:Slashdotted! (1)

julesh (229690) | about 10 years ago | (#10513106)

G_Hz_.

Thinking about one thing while writing another. Ahem.

Nice toy (2, Interesting)

Silver Sloth (770927) | about 10 years ago | (#10513047)

For a few nano seconds it will look cool as you have the latest flashiest toy on the block. If that's worth $2,000 to you then fine but I won't be buying.

Re:Nice toy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513233)

Wow, you're such an individual!

it also comes with a cyanide tooth... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513051)

for when you launch your almost $2,000 toy off the roof of your car by accident!

Not for sale! Pre-order only! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513059)

But it does come with a voucher to unlock a steam delivered version of Duke Nukem: Forever (when available).

The important lines... (2, Informative)

mreed911 (794582) | about 10 years ago | (#10513062)

Unfortunately for Linux users, there is no option to not have any OS installed.

The USB is currently 1.1

So you have to pay M$ royalties, regardless of whether you intend to use Windows, and no USB 2.0 support. Lovely.

Re:The important lines... (2, Interesting)

joefreshman (136737) | about 10 years ago | (#10513488)

Actually, no matter what vendor you purchase a PC from, you're paying M$ royalties. In order for the company to get the M$ discount, they just pay M$ $15 per "desktop" shipped (workstations and servers are usually excluded from these deals).

In other words, if you order a linux machine from HP, $15 is paid to M$ for that purchase.

How do I know? I just finished a complete survey of computer vendors to try and find one that wouldn't do this. The only ones are those that would charge you around $100 for Windows XP Home on your machine... in other words, vendors that don't have any agreement with M$.

I've considered that one... (2, Informative)

JanneM (7445) | about 10 years ago | (#10513068)

I've looked at that one, as well as the Sony U series, but basically, I've come to the conclusion that I really want a keyboard as well, not a writable screen. So much of what I do involves writing in one form or another. I've ended up ordering one of these [panasonic.jp] instead. Sure, it won't (quite) fit into a coat pocket - you need to have it in your bag - but it is a lot more computer for about the same price.

Re:I've considered that one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513167)

I've come to the conclusion that I really want a keyboard as well, not a writable screen.

But the OQO does have a keyboard and pointing stick built in. The screen slides upward to reveal it...

Re:I've considered that one... (1)

JanneM (7445) | about 10 years ago | (#10513260)

But the OQO does have a keyboard and pointing stick built in. The screen slides upward to reveal it...

I should learn to preview... What I meant (and what I stupidly thought I'd said) was to have a real, typing capable keyboard. The OQO (and most similar machines) have either a thumb-type or index-finger-type mini keyboard (the Zaurus and the Yopy would be other examples of that size), or come without a built-in keyboard at all, which would require some attachable solution (the Sony has/had an attachable, foldable keyboard as part of the package).

After having used first a Palm, then a Yopy for years, I am not fond of either solution. I realized that by going up in size another step, so to speak, I could get essentially a real laptop, with a bigger (easier to see) screen, a "real" keyboard, and better specs, for the same price.

Re:I've considered that one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513191)

Looks like it has a keyboard to me. Maybe you didn't look hard enough.

Here's what it is... (4, Informative)

kidgenius (704962) | about 10 years ago | (#10513072)

You'd think our boy Timothy would at least link to the page of the manufacturer where there are images, and stands a better chance against /.'ing. Here you go guys...it's some sort of portable computer [oqo.com] thing.

Huh? (1)

vegasbright (773629) | about 10 years ago | (#10513073)

Why is it I still don't believe that it is on sale.

Specs (2, Informative)

Sgt_Nikon (131875) | about 10 years ago | (#10513079)

model 01 ultra personal computer

1 GHz processor, 20GB HD, 256MB RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, FireWire, audio, thumb keyboard, 800x480 indoor/outdoor readable LCD (ships with: removable lithium polymer battery, docking cable, desktop stand, power supply, carrying sleeve, and digital pen.)

Windows XP Home $1899.00
Windows XP Pro $1999.00

Microsoft Office Small Business Edition Pre-installed $300.00

I believe prices are USD.

Re:Specs (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513142)

I believe prices are USD.

Yeah, those Dollar Signs ($) were a bit confusing, weren't they?

Re:Specs (1)

Inda (580031) | about 10 years ago | (#10513394)

Yes! My current PC has a bigger hard drive this this one! In your face modern handheld PC!

Re:Specs (1)

hackstraw (262471) | about 10 years ago | (#10513472)

Thanks for the price info.

Now, if it were $500 and had a decent d/a converter and audio output, I'd be all over these things. But for about 2x the cost of a nice 12" laptop, I think I'm much more likely to buy a laptop.

Sounds like a lot of money for a little computer (5, Insightful)

nels_tomlinson (106413) | about 10 years ago | (#10513085)

``Under $2000'' for something which is too small and wimpy to use as a desktop replacement or for gaming (from the article: ``... the OQO isn't designed to be a desktop replacement, nor intended to be a portable video game machine ...), and too big to put in your pocket?

I think this fills a need that too many folks don't have.

Also, the article says that many of the specs are out of date, but they're going to launch anyway. That tells me that the second generation OQO is going to have more guts, and be out as soon as enough suckers have bought enough of the wimpy ones to finance further development. I'll wait.

More info links. (2, Informative)

will_die (586523) | about 10 years ago | (#10513088)

Here are some info links
extremetech [extremetech.com]
The register [theregister.co.uk]

Since this is not the first machine of theses types of machines, nor has it been modded to run Linux how does this rate as News for Nerds?

Re:More info links. (1)

kalidasa (577403) | about 10 years ago | (#10513187)

It uses a Transmeta processor. Linus used to work for Transmeta. = News for Nerds (at least in some eyes).

About this OQO... (1, Insightful)

LilMikey (615759) | about 10 years ago | (#10513096)

I don't know why the news kept pointing to some arbitrary handtops site but the actual site for the device is OQO.com [oqo.com] . Basically, the thing is a 1ghz laptop with a 20GB HD, 256MB RAM, and 800x480 LCD. It's been shrunk to the size of a PDA but runs full Windows XP home. So, for the unreasonably high price of $1900 you can get a laptop from 2 years ago running an OS that isn't designed for the size of the device. There is no market for this thing.

Re:About this OQO... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513256)

I don't know why the news kept pointing to some arbitrary handtops site but the actual site for the device is OQO.com.

Check CaptainJam's submission history. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Missing (-1, Troll)

clinko (232501) | about 10 years ago | (#10513097)

This this is missing one thing to make it marketable: A Windows Based OS

Most Bosses run Windows.

Bosses Have Money.

This company wants money.

If this syncs w/exchange PERFECTLY, this it might survive as a company.

WTF? Missing windows? (1)

SoTuA (683507) | about 10 years ago | (#10513147)

Uh yeah, missing windows. That's why it comes with XP Home or XP Pro, right?

Re:Missing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513188)

clinko, you are a complete fucktard. It comes with Windows XP home or pro installed, along with Office 2003. How is that not windows based?

Re:Missing (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513210)

Oh god. Somebody please mod this moron down. Just reading his post hurts my head. Can someone really be as stupid as clinko appears to be?

Re:Missing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513377)

which OS does it run, does the article say?

Tablet (1)

worldcitizen (130185) | about 10 years ago | (#10513105)

I got a TC1000 Compaq Tablet at ebay for sub-$1000. The specs are not that different (e.g., same disappointingly slow Transmeta CPU). The OQO is smaller and more portable but the TC1000 already feels "slightly below the minimum" with regards to comfortably reading webpages. It will be interesting to watch if this form factor succeeds but, for now, I'm staying with what I have.

Re:Tablet (1)

cyngus (753668) | about 10 years ago | (#10513185)

I can comfortably read webpages on a PowerPC G3 300Mhz. This is surely not slower than that. 90% of webpages shouldn't need more than that. Too much useless junk of webpages today.

Good device but (0, Troll)

Progman3K (515744) | about 10 years ago | (#10513116)

I encourage everyone to boycott it to protest the Microsoft tax on it.

If they want me to buy it, make it available WITHOUT Microsoft Windows and give me the dollar savings.

Of Course Its Expensive (2, Informative)

cyngus (753668) | about 10 years ago | (#10513152)

Of course this is expensive. Ever notice how most things work on an exponential curve? As you get smaller and smaller the price begins to go up disproportionately. Why? Cause its hard to cram a whole computer into something the size of a 1990 cell phone! If you think this device is too expensive you don't understand the market its aimed at. Its not really for Joe Sixpack. Its for Joseph Suit that wants to take his computer with him and not carry a laptop.

Am I the only one that read this wrong? (2, Funny)

johnthorensen (539527) | about 10 years ago | (#10513156)

Sounded at first like OQO the company was for sale. My fist thought was, "Sheesh...after all this waiting!". Kind of like your woman telling you at the last minute that she's got a headache :-)

-JT

Re:Am I the only one that read this wrong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513227)

Kind of like your woman telling you at the last minute that she's got a headache :-)

I am sure that in your case you could ask for your money back.

Re:Am I the only one that read this wrong? (0, Offtopic)

thebiggs (625489) | about 10 years ago | (#10513281)

Careful! Many /. readers might not get the "woman" reference.

Waaayyyyy too expensive (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513175)

From the site:


1 GHz processor, 20GB HD, 256MB RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, FireWire, audio, thumb keyboard, 800x480 indoor/outdoor readable LCD (ships with: removable lithium polymer battery, docking cable, desktop stand, power supply, carrying sleeve, and digital pen.)

$1899.00 w/XP Home
$1999.00 w/XP Pro


No thanks. This thing needs to be in the sub $1000 range to be worthwhile, more like $700.

Not interested. Let's see where the Flipstart clocks in at.

more story stealing from engadget (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513208)

Like you guys didn't just see this on engadget and just copied it.

STOP STEALING engadgets stories, find some creative articles ON YOUR OWN and STOP STEALING OTHER PEOPLES CONTENT!

Re:more story stealing from engadget (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10513268)

You fool. Slashdot did not steal the story, the guy who runs Handtops.com submitted the news to both sites. He's trying to increase his traffic and income like everyones favorite blog-spammer Roland Piquepaille...

My reply to this post (1, Funny)

gosand (234100) | about 10 years ago | (#10513217)

Following is a link to my reply [127.0.0.1] to this story. I am sure it will be modded +5 as it is a very extensive, earth-shattering reply. I expect this to be the most viewed post ever on Slashdot. For more information about me, and why I am so important, follow this link [127.0.0.1] .

Overpriced small laptop? (1)

DogDude (805747) | about 10 years ago | (#10513218)

From what I can tell, it's a grossly overpriced small laptop with a touchscreen. Wow. Where's my wallet? Really, what's the incentive to buy this instead of a much cheaper, much much more powerful laptop? Are most people not able to lug around the gargantuan, 5-8 pound laptops available today? Jesus, most books are heavier than today's laptops.

Re:Overpriced small laptop? (1, Insightful)

afidel (530433) | about 10 years ago | (#10513322)

Wow, I guess people just don't get it. Most PDA's these days are just a "small overpriced laptop". You pay for convenience, and I for one think I might very well buy one of these. I currently use a 750MHz P3 laptop which needs a big cushioned bag to lug around, on the other hand this thing probably would be fine with a small lined carrying case that would fit in the oversized pockets in my wool coat. I could always have my computer with me, including all of my apps and the ability to connection to any client network and use just about any external peripheral. That sounds damn usefull to me.

Hmmm... (1)

Phantom69 (758672) | about 10 years ago | (#10513250)

It is powerful enough to run your most complex applications.

Erm, yeah right, how do they know?

I have a very complex application (a simulator) here that we run on a dual-opteron system and it still nearly kills it - but apparently if I buy a 1GHz OQO it will run it? Hell it wont even fit it in the RAM and combined with WinXP it'll need one huge swap-file!

and apparently ... (1)

cascadingstylesheet (140919) | about 10 years ago | (#10513265)

Check this link [handtops.com] if you're still not sure what the OQO is."

Apparently, one or two of us were somehow so behind the times as to need to click the link ... gee, I feel so "yesterday" ;) How could I not have heard of this wonder?

This year's underperformer... (2, Insightful)

gillbates (106458) | about 10 years ago | (#10513271)

However, the OQO isn't designed to be a desktop replacement, nor intended to be a portable video game machine

So, what exactly is it supposed to be? An overpriced PDA? A toy for high level executives?

Oh, I get it - I'm going to spend twice the money I would on a desktop to get less than half the machine.

I really like the concept of the OQO:

  1. Full keyboard
  2. A reasonably sized screen
  3. A 20GB hard drive
  4. Transmeta Crusoe processor
  5. 256MB RAM
  6. It's small enough to fit in a large pocket

So it has everything I want in a portable, except: price. I can hardly justify spending $2000 for this thing when the Sharp Zaurus has a full keyboard, runs Linux, and costs about 1/2 to 1/4 as much. I don't think I'd have too hard a time finding at least half a dozen other comparable handtops that cost less than half as much.

Overall, I'm really interested. This would be a really cool machine, but at $2000, it will never be accepted by the mainstream. Price it at $500, and two years from now people will be saying, "Palm who?", and "What's an IPAQ?"...

WWW for sale (1)

otisg (92803) | about 10 years ago | (#10513288)

Grab it while it's hot. Going fast!

Proprietary POS (1)

leon.gandalf (752828) | about 10 years ago | (#10513332)

Why one earth would anyone want a proprietary POS system when POS computers (PC with little screen on pole and cash Cash Drawer, etc, etc,) or just plain PCs can be used as a POS? Seems to be plenty of software [slashdot.org] and hardware [google.com] for this. Even an old Tablet [ebay.com] or laptop [ebay.com] PC would be a better option.



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