Bizarre pink MIPS mini-netbook up for grabs
See that? It's an Elonex ONEt, and it's a pretty unusual bit of kit. For starters, it's powered by a MIPS-like chip, so it's not x86, PowerPC, 68K or any other architecture you're likely to have used on the desktop. It's also very, very small. The Elonex ONEt arrived in early 2009 when the netbook market was booming, and sports these specs:
- 400 MHz MIPS-ish CPU
- 128MB RAM
- 2GB SSD storage
- 3 USB ports, plus SD card and Ethernet
- 7 inch screen
- Around three hours of battery life
So, pretty limited stuff. It comes with some weird unidentifiable Linux distro, but can run a more conventional distro in the form of 3MX. Running the latest games is obviously out of the question here, and it's pretty juddery on the web, but it can just about squeeze out an MP3 or run AbiWord.
Anyway, we don't want to just chuck this little thing in the bin, so we're putting it up for grabs here: we want to hear the most imaginative use for the device. Perhaps you could set it up as a MUD server, or attach it to a weather balloon to process data. Whatever the case, leave a message in the comments below, explaining what cool stuff you'd do if you had this laptop, and we'll select the best by the 1st of November and post it out.
Please leave your email address in your message, so that if we choose your suggestion, we can contact you and get your address to post the machine. It's worth running it through ROT-13 first though to avoid spam harvesters picking it up. Ta!