Spinning, flashing Linux logo droid comes to UK
What gift do you give the Linux nut who has everything? Why, a programmable Linux mascot droid that spins around on its rump, that's what.
Tux Droid: it squawks! It lights up! It codes Perl!
The ersatz felt-covered Tux is wireless and radio-controlled, courtesy of a fish-styled IR pick up and 2.4GHz transmitter unit that plugs into a spare USB port on your PC. He talks and is capable of relaying VoIP conversations and reading out RSS feeds.
Not enough? His arms flap and his eyes light up. Oh, the hours of pleasure to be had from this one...
Still not enough? Then use the bundled software - open source, natch - and your coding skills to get him working on whatever tasks you see fit.
And for one here's a product the not only works with Linux but only works with Linux. Mac and Windows can clear off out of it - they're not wanted here.
Now available in the UK, the Tux Droid costs £90 from Firebox.
Oh, that's not nice
After years of crying about a lack of Linux support, someone goes out and makes a product that deliberately supports only Linux? Where's the hypocrisy nazis now?
We have one
There is a primary school up here in Boston that has one; it's programmed to greet the students and the teacher brings it to installfests so we can have it greet people and have to play with python.
€ 79 ( £55) at http://www.kysoh.com/
And it doesn't do Perl, it does Python! :-D A real geek's toy though my mate says his two-year old thinks it's ace.
It's a two parter... The BSD Daemon having demeaning things done to him by a Jobs doll. Bastards bastardized my favorite BSD! And not in the good BOFH bastardly way.
The Windows version is a little Steve Ballmer bot which destroys some of your furniture every time you do a search on Google, and makes threatening noises any time the word "Linux" appears on a web page. Even better, fire up Visual Studio and it breaks out into a profuse sweat, spinning around on it's rump and repeating the word "developers" over and over.
Of course it's incompatible with Mac and Linux. Sheesh, do you even have to ask?
Coat. Bloody cold out.