http://www.cherrypal.com/ is dead, no webpage at all. but a another link shows something that looks identical to one of the lime computers ?
well i cant say about the cherrypal but if they have got their BOM down tight, using the right combination of parts that people actually want to use and pay for in the near future, then it should make some positive cashflow even with all this new x86 lowpower kit hitting the markets shelves now.
it appears their Developer Relations are working hard to listen ,take onboard the feedback and give the users what they want to buy, it also seems they have been watching us and want to emulate our past efforts,but in a far shorter timescale...
and it would seem they may be getting some wider coverage, negative in the case of Elreg but thats to be expected given the news copy.....
as for the LimePC range that seems to exist today, looks Ok (not great though), but seems to lack some of the better off the shelf options available today (11n,Wimax,reprogramable wireless chips etc)to take it into the longer term future as it stands, but then they may have a vigurous production line that adds newer options in the next quarters product upgrade run.
if anything they seem to have several products based on the core board existing and runnning today, i wonder if they are using the Efika devs codebase to compile and run on their kit.
they have a simple external low DC power plug and it seems they could run it off (or suppliment a charge cycle) an external small photovoltaic panel or even fit a detachable solar panel on a flip lid that gets sunlight when opened....
many options are possible, including using them as quick install and forget, cheap self contained rooftop Meshed wireless full blown combined PC/remote-NAS/wireless routers for your community LAN etc.
the Efika2 will be better, cheaper and have all those and the missing longer term options from day one though Wont it?
http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/09/hand ... he-limepc/
Hands-on with the LimePC
by Chris Ziegler, posted Jan 9th 2008 at 11:20PM
THTF (which stands for Tsinghua Tongfang, if you must know) is at CES showing its LimePC series of simple, lightweight computers, and we took a particular interest in three of 'em, ordered by size from largest to smallest: the UMPC, HandheldPC, and PalmPC (pictured) models.
All three pack an uber-low power mobileGT core from Freescale, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, and touchscreen displays; the Palm PC and HandheldPC feature either 8 or 16GB of Flash, while the UMPC upgrades to a hard drive between 30 and 100GB in capacity.
Though both the hardware and the Linux-based software were extremely raw here, we see promise in these totally hackable little beasts -- particularly in the smaller of the two, both of which are totally pocketable. Check out the gallery to see all three doing their thing.
i cant say im to impressed with the PR speak, but they do make a point about hardware-based Security,
and in todays Deep Packet Inspection/Interception
of ISP installed wiretapping of YOUR datastreams and that of every single website owners content you visit
then secure ene to end (encrypted)Security is a good selling point to any ISP phorm/NebuAD intercepted end users out there today.
At the heart of the Lime PC experience lies in perhaps the most dramatic new technology concept in today's marketplace.
LimeConnect is our proprietary hardware-based, transport-agnostic secure data delivery platform.
It is a freely available tool to solve the complexities and incompatibilities that are hampering growth and adoption in today's consumer media markets.
It is the simple, ubiquitous secure devliery means that has long been needed by the music, video, movie, web and digital services industries.
you should read up on Phorm if you havent already, theres a new End users Https end to end secure market opening up if you have the infrastructure and contacts in place to roll out secure UK/EU/and even US based web services with a free entry and basic use package to pull them in.
perhaps charge a national rate help desk phoneline to cover those free base tunneled Htttp and Https packages....
http://news.google.com/news?oe=utf-8&rl ... earch+News