Repairability has been a big sticking point for consumer electronics over the past several years. As devices have gotten thinner — and companies have pushed to maintain control over proprietary systems — many devices have become near impossible for an every-day person to repair.

It’s an issue for a number of reasons — not the least of which is an inability to upgrade a system instead of scrapping it altogether. In a world where human impact on the environment is increasingly top of mind, forced obsolescence is an understandably important issue for many.

Framework is one of an increasing number of companies working to address these issues. It’s a list that also includes products like Fairphone on the mobile side. It’s a niche versus the overall market, to be sure, but it’s one that could well be growing. Announced in January, the Framework Laptop is up for preorder today. The 13.5-inch notebook starts at $999 and will start shipping at the end of July.

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The first Raspberry Pi single board computer was officially launched on February 29, 2012. Raspberry Pi Model B included a Broadcom BCM2835 ARM11 processor with 256 RAM, an HDMI port, and the familiar form factor we know today.

But the very first time I wrote about the board was on May 8, 2011, exactly ten years ago, with a post entitled “25 USD ARM11 Linux Computer” showing the prototype of Raspberry Pi USB Computer that looks nothing like what was launched the next year.

Revolution Pi is an open, modular and inexpensive industrial PC based on the well-known Raspberry Pi. Housed in a slim DIN-rail housing, the three available base modules can be seamlessly expanded by a variety of suitable I/O modules and fieldbus gateways. The 24V powered modules are connected via an overhead connector in seconds and can be easily configured via a graphical configuration tool.

Pagers were popular many years ago, and some people may still have one at home. Is it possible to test the pager now? Absolutely, and I will show you how to do it.

Initially, when I assembled a homelab cluster of Raspberry Pis, everything was directly connected to my Wi-Fi router with the Ethernet cables. This worked fine but this “stack of boards” behind the sofa in the centre of our small flat bugged me a bit.

Last year I decided to reorganise the cluster, turning it into a wireless-to-wired island, which I could relocate anywhere within the flat, without doing any special cable management, while staying cheap on extra gadgets. After going through a number of trials and errors, the final setup looks as the following:

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NASA has announced that the Ingenuity helicopter has left the warm comfort of the Perseverance rover, and has successfully survived the cold Martian nights by itself with just solar panels and a rechargeable battery. This means that the next test for the little four-pound helicopter is to try for flight in an alien atmosphere. If the demonstration is successful, it will be a huge win for space research, and the possibilities for traveling around Mars will open up.

The Framework Laptop is available in a range of pre-configured models running Windows 10 Home or Pro.  For those of you who love to tinker, we’ve also created the Framework Laptop DIY Edition, the only high-end notebook available as a kit of modules that you can customize and assemble yourself, with the ability to choose Windows or install your preferred Linux distribution.  Regardless of the path you take, we include a screwdriver in the box so you can upgrade over time.

Few music-sequencing softwares have a history as distinctive as the tracker. With the epochal program now arriving in hardware form, we trace the tracker’s lineage, from its humble 8-bit beginnings to its era-defining rave sounds, and get the inside track on its usage by artists such as Aphex Twin, Venetian Snares, and Deadmau5.

The Darter Pro… the newly revised notebook from System76. This is aimed towards those who daily bring a laptop with them on the go, while being sleek, slim, and easy to carry. While I can’t recommend it for AAA gaming, it certainly is fast enough to handle all of your indie or 2D games, and the Tiger Lake CPU boasts fast compile times.

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Lenovo has finally made a smaller version of its X1 Carbon, something I’ve been looking forward to for years.

The X1 Nano is basically a 13” version of the 14” X1 Carbon, reducing its footprint, thickness, and weight. Availability in the US has been fairly limited (and expensive) at the moment, offering no WWAN or any customizable options, and Core i7 models are not shipping out for months. I purchased the Intel Core i5-1135G7 model with 16Gb of RAM and a 1Tb NVMe SSD. The only screen option currently available is a matte non-touch 2K display…

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It’s so cute!

The Dragonbox Pyra is finally shipping! This small handheld Linux PC (that can be used for just about anything, including gaming) has been in the works for 7 years or more. It was designed to be the successor of the Open Pandora (an excellent device that predates smartphones) which led to numerous innovations in the ARM space (the creator of Box86, for example, comes from the Open Pandora community).


All about new and shiny gadgets.

Created on Sep 30, 2020
By @gurlic