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The anatomy of a powerful desktop with an ARM chip

Added: 22.03.2017 20:43 | 5 views | 0 comments

When he was growing up, a of Linux pioneer Linus Torvalds was to acquire the Acorn Archimedes, a groundbreaking personal computer with the first ARM RISC chips.
But in 1987, Archimedes wasn't available to Torvalds in Finland, so he settled for the Sinclair QL. In the meanwhile, the Archimedes failed and disappeared from the scene, killing any chance for ARM chips to dominate PCs.
Since then, multiple attempts to put ARM chips in PCs have failed. Outside of a few Chromebooks, most PCs have x86 chips from Intel or AMD.
The domination of x86 is a problem for Linaro, an industry organization that advocates ARM hardware and software. Many of its developers use x86 PCs to compile programs for ARM hardware. That's much like trying to write Windows programs on a Mac.


Refurb Acer Celeron Dual 12" Touch Chromebook for $160 + free shipping

Added: 20.03.2017 10:40 | 4 views | 0 comments

As one of its daily deals, Best Buy via eBay offers the 2.8-lb. factory-refurbished Acer CB5-132T-C8ZW Intel Celeron 1.6GHz 11.6" Touchscreen Chromebook, model no. NX.G54AA.012, for $159.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our refurb mention from last month and $42 less than the best price we could find for a refurb now. It features an Intel Celeron N3060 1.6GHz Braswell dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 IPS LCD, 4GB RAM, 16GB eMMc storage, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, USB 3.0, 2-cell battery, and Chrome OS. An Acer warranty applies but it's unclear how long it covers. Deal ends today.


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