Filed under: DesktopsOLPC continues its slow rollout and finds its price slowly climbing, it looks like other companies are aggressively going after NickNeg's target markets -- Macedonia just announced a deal with NComputing to provide every student with a thin client "classroom computing device" that will link up to an account on a Linux server PC. The deal calls for NComputing to deliver 180,000 of the devices at a price that's only quoted as "less than half the cost of any other proposed solution," -- a number we're guessing is in that all-important $100 range. Macedonia's schools were also impressed with the device's ability to be remotely updated and maintained, a feature that significantly cuts support costs. No word on when Macedonians will see these things pop up in schools, but we'd bet quite a few people in other countries wouldn't mind getting their hands on one either.
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Well, the new nixie tube display is assembled, and I made a real pig's ear of it.
http://www.alioth.net/tmp/nixie-spi-board.jpg - showing temperature and dewpoint in celcius.
http://www.alioth.net/tmp/nixie-board.jpg - showing a test count, doing 200 counts per second (that's why the last two digits appear to be showing more than one number at once)
The resulting animation, drawn in an hour over lunchtime, was funny enough to inspire one of the most involving games of all time. Lemmings was released in 1991, and has been ported to almost every computer platform in existence.