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We haven't heard from colourful computer company Liebermann since its founder, Miguel Liebermann, posted a 42-page PDF in April 2005 explaining why his company had not been a hoax despite announcing a raft of incredibly high-end systems and, more to the point, apparently going out of business in October 2004.

We say 'apparently', because the company is back, resurrected - if it ever went away - as L International, now with a handful of new executives, a plush $45m European distribution agreement and a listing on the US-based Pink Sheets stock trading board. Its stock is also traded in Frankfurt. It may even be thinking of a London listing.

L has been putting out press releases since early August, but last week came out with plans to offer "the world's highest performing high-end large volume enterprise server" and a quad-core notebook that will used a touch-sensitive colour OLED panel instead of a keyboard. It'll also be fuel cell-powered and feature solid-state storage, a component found in many a past Liebermann spec sheet.

To be fair to L, it hasn't actually announced such a machine, simply a plan to offer one at some time in the future. The company talks the plan up, of course, but quietly notes at the end, as so many firms do, that its spiel "may contain forward-looking statements which are pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995".

L is no less vague about the release schedule for its PuRACK 5,920-drive, 150TB enterprise-oriented "storage vault" server system. By our calculations, that's just 25.3GB per drive - hardly an impressive unit, but certainly a low-cost one. Unless it too is solid-state, of course.

The company's description of its IDEE "personal handheld communicator", is the one to really take a look at. The UMPC-like handheld is described as a "fully programmable GSM cell phone based on Microsoft Windows Mobile or Symbian OS and a fully fledged personal computer capable of running multiple operating systems, including MS Windows XP, Windows Vista 64-bit edition, Liebermann Inc.'s upcoming LOS 64-bit as well as other variants of Linux."

It's a "G3 wireless compliant device" with a five megapixel camera that can take "TrueHD (1920x1080) 30fps progressive video". Idee is a "dockable device, allowing directly connectivity for up to three high-resolution displays". Again, a key component is solid-state storage, and it's got "one touch-screen OLED display for basic phone use, A/V and PC capabilities, and a secondary internal foldable ultra-high-resolution OLED touch-screen for full featured multimedia that is HDTV compatible".

Again, there's no sign as to when the Idee might ship. But like the PuRACK and the high-end, keyboardless notebook, we can't wait to see it, though. Our reviewers are ready and waiting. ®

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