What about the Always Innovating Smartbook? It's 8.9 inches, but it comes with root access by default, and it runs both ubuntu and android.
The only downside is that I don't know how long it'll be from when you put in your order to when you get it. The upside is that if you spring for it, you get a device that can be a pocket computer, a tablet, and a laptop.
I actually own a Pandora.
Besides the one usb port on it being a little strange, it's worked wonderfully for me. I had preordered it, but ended up just paying the extra money to get it shipped sooner. I have yet to regret it. I would advise getting at least one fast 16GB SD card for it, so you can have plenty of programs, but the Pandora is able to emulate psx games. I've also watched videos on it without any problems. (PanPlayer works the best).
The keyboard is a little strange, but the screen and battery life is amazing. Wifi works pretty well, especially if you run 'sudo iwconfig wlan0 power off' to turn off power management of the wifi. (The power management thing is a problem I've had with many wireless cards under linux. In this case the wireless works fine without the command, but if you're transferring a bunch of data over wireless, you'll want to turn off the wireless power management.)
And yes, it does fit in your pocket. It's a bit bigger than an original GBA.
If you're willing to pay around $500 for a pocket computer that gets 10-15 hours of battery life, I would say the Pandora is worth it.
I personally do wish that the Pandora team was more transparent, but from what I understand, they've been spending all their time working, and building pandoras, instead of soothing the community. I hope they can get enough support to keep the project going, but I imagine it's pretty difficult to make something like the open pandora when you don't have a boatload of starting capital.
We just learned some troubling news about the recently-released anti-hack update for Windows 7 as well as the upcoming Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1. From what we understand, this could also involve new updates for Windows Vista and Windows XP.
First of all, the new Windows 7 anti-hack update does more than just scan for anti-activation exploits. It also performs a simple heuristic-based scan of all storage media...
One of my college professors told me this:
"I left windows years ago, and ever since that day I've just found more reasons not to go back."
I switched to linux a few years back, and I feel much the same. I still boot up into windows just to play some games, but more and more I find myself playing less games and spending less money on them. I know that's not the ideal for some, but I'm pretty happy.
Looks like you Mac folks will probably get Starcraft 2, I'm a bit jealous.
Yes, it is. The trouble is that not going to the polls isn't exactly counted as a vote, is it?
The other trouble is the sheer amount of non-technical users who don't know better. Not to mention trying to buy a pre-built computer without windows on it. Just because you or I can build a computer from scratch doesn't mean everyone can. (DIY laptops are out there, but still not common)
I remember seeing netbooks that came in windows and linux versions. And the damnedest thing was they were two separate products (probably to hide the cost of windows) and that the windows version had better options. The hp mini mi? Anyone get a chance to look at those? You could opt for a higher resolution screen, but only on the windows model.
Does making your own machine even count as a vote?
Motion controllers won't be that great until we have some good feedback in the system.
I've thought it would be cool to have an fps where you have something like the wiimote except you can point off screen. If your point comes over an enemy the controller could vibrate and you could shoot. Feeling like a badass for shooting without looking.
The more I hear about project Natal the less I want to see the actual product. It could just be that I've reached my hype threshold.
The flow chart is a most thoroughly oversold piece of program documentation. -- Frederick Brooks, "The Mythical Man Month"