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New Handheld Computer Is 100% Open Source 195

metasonix writes "While the rest of the industry has been babbling on about the iPad and imitations thereof, Qi Hardware is actually shipping a product that is completely open source and copyleft. Linux News reviews the Ben NanoNote (product page), a handheld computer apparently containing no proprietary technology. It uses a 366 MHz MIPS processor, 32MB RAM, 2 GB flash, a 320x240-pixel color display, and a Qwerty keyboard. No network is built in, though it is said to accept SD-card Wi-Fi or USB Ethernet adapters. Included is a very simple Linux OS based on the OpenWrt distro installed in Linksys routers, with Busybox GUI. It's apparently intended primarily for hardware and software hackers, not as a general-audience handheld. The price is right, though: $99."

Comment You are not even funny. (Score 1) 4

Suggesting that users open their working device in order to "prevent" this issue is so ridiculous, that it does not deserve a comment.

The only way to fix this issue is by Nokia issuing a statement (and standing by it):
"Every N900 with detached USB connector will be fixed/replaced free of charge, regardless of user handling or warranty issue".

Saying that it will be solved according to warranty is not good enough, since even if the connector manages to hold for a year and then breaks, it is still a bad design by Nokia, and should be replaced. Saying that it will be solved according to warranty and then refusing to fix (as is the current state) is so much worse. The only way "we" can help to fix it is by giving this issue as much publicity as possible.


Submission + - Nokia N900 Hardware failure - USB port falling off 4

flydeep writes: Nokia's flagship device N900 is suffering a serious usb port design/manufacturing flaw. Apparently many users (~ 20% based on 450 users) are seeing their micro usb ports falling off their $540 devices, some as early as within 6 days of use. Although Nokia has acknowledged the issue in their support forums many weeks ago, their service centers are turning down customers and blaming the users mishandled their phone. This has been picked up many review sites recently, at engadget, here and, here . For a giant company trying to increase their sales in US, they are handling this issue very poorly. There are over 75+ pages discussion at where users are venting out their frustration on this issue, very disheartening to see a beautiful open source based device given this treatment. The preliminary understanding is that they are using a surface mount for the usb port and is a serious design flaw, a blog user has documented this design flaw in detail .

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