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How to gain root access on a Razorbook 400/Alpha 400

The “world’s cheapest laptop” goes by many names. In some countries it’s known as the Alpha 400, while others call it the Razorbook 400. But all the variations have one thing in common so far: They run a custom version of Linux that makes hacking/tweaking the operating system pretty difficult. When Laptop Magazine’s Joanna Stern […]

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SanDisk: Windows Vista and SSD are like peanut butter and broccoli

Solid state disks are kind of the next big thing, right? They have no moving parts, like hard drives, and are both more durable and offer potentially faster read and write speeds than hard drives. Sure, they’re far more expensive at the moment, but prices are coming down. And as Asus, Acer, and others have […]

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“World’s Cheapest Laptop” is just $130 — if you order in bulk

While the OLPC XO Laptop never really hit that mythical $100 price point, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to sell a laptop for little more than a Ben Franklin. Alibaba is selling the so-called “World’s Cheapest Laptop,” for just $130. The only catch? You need to order 50 or more laptops to get that price. […]

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Laptop version Intel Atom CPU costs more than desktop version

The Intel Atom CPU may be designed to provide decent performance at a low price, while using less power than similar chips. But it turns out the “low price” part of that equation is a bit muddy. Network World reports that the desktop version of the Atom, the N230, costs $29, while the N270 laptop […]

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MSI Wind and Advent 4211: Separated at birth, together at last

Sure, you already knew that the Advent 4211 notebook is virtually identical to the MSI Wind. The only major difference is that the Advent PC is only available in the UK and it has Advent branding instead of MSI. But sometimes seeing is believing. Lucky for us, Pocket Lint has access to one of each, […]