Wow. What a picture. Rave budgies in cyberspace. I hope whoever stuck that together in Photoshop is doing okay now and taking things a little easier in rehab.
Ahem. Viewsonic’s releasing an All-in-One PC. It’s called the VPC100, and it’s the first in a line of ‘nettops’ that the company will be releasing. It’s just 3.5cm thick, making it skinnier than a rake on a diet. It’s got a 19″ 16:9 LCD, and all the guts are crammed behind that.
So given how thin it is, the specs must be ‘budget’, right? Well, unfortunately yes. A 160GB hard disk, 1.6GHz Atom processor, and 1GB of RAM. There’s also a card reader, webcam, DVD writer and integrated speakers. It comes with Windows XP, though I’d suggest upgrading to Windows 7 or Ubuntu ASAP.
The VPC100 costs £500, which sounds a little on the steep side, but it really depends on the quality of the display. If it’s a decent screen, then this could be a nice little media streaming device for a location that doesn’t have a main display. It’ll be available Mid-May.
Spec Sheet (PDF)
I’m not sure how many all-night-rave organizers read Tech Digest, but you can never tell with the internet. The SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner is a whopping great big box on wheels that contains, variously, a speaker, an amplifier, a CD player, SD card slot, and wireless microphone.
Basically, you roll up in an abandoned warehouse, pop Rave Anthems 2 into the cd drive, and then go nuts, occasionally shouting “Bo! Bo! Bo!” over the wireless microphone. 250 watts over up to a 30,000 sq. ft. area should ensure that the complaints start rolling in and the police show up sooner, rather than later.
Still, when they do, you’ll be able to flick it off, grab the handle and leg it before the fuzz can catch you. Then start up all over again the following weekend. I wouldn’t try dragging it through the Glastonbury mud, though – those wheels don’t look like they can take that kind of punishment.
Amplivox (via Born Rich)