I'm more interested in the $300 price tag, though still doesn't do much good without a set of specs to go with it. However, I do like the idea of it being magnetic mountable to a refrigerator.
Here are those specs:
9.4" x 7" x 1.4" for 2 lbs (with keyboard)
ARM Texas Instruments OMAP3 chip
1024x600 8.9'' screen
Storage: 8GB micro SD card
Wifi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth
Speakers, micro and headphone
6 USB 2.0 (3 internal, 2 external, 1 mini)
10h to 15 hours of battery life
It is probably the same chip in the BeagleBoard and OpenPandora, so ARM Cortex-A8 at 600MHz that can go up to 900MHz with PowerVR SGX OpenGL 2.0 ES compliant 3D hardware.
Do these other systems you're talking about have touch screens? Do you have a link?
The OpenPandora project has a 4.3" touchscreen (at 800x480) and is really exciting to follow. I'll probably purchase their second batch. Many of the indie game developers for the system are testing on the BeagleBoard while waiting for the Pandora to actually ship as the two platforms are so similar hardware-wise. Full specs available through the links.
Comcast and other cable/internet providers generally have a monopoly on critical services that I can't avoid.
I think you may need to turn down the rhetoric a little bit. Cable TV/High-Speed Internet is not really a "critical service". We would all survive just fine without them.
And what about those who work from the house via the internet? You need an income for food and shelter, no?
I simply don't like the music produced right now, and I don't think I'm alone. In the 60's through the 90's, the defining part of each piece of music was typically the melody. We listened to things that had beautiful sounds and chords. We had thought provoking lyrics that read like poetry, or lyrics that one could simply associate with.
Oh, that music is still being produced, just (mostly) not by the big recording companies.
1 Mole = 25 Cagey Bees