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    I just got my monthly Thinkgeek newsletter and they're selling the "Bio Computer-on-a-Stick":

    http://www.fingergear.com/bio_computer_on_a_stick.php

    It's a USB memory stick that includes a write-protected Debian-based distro and a fingerprint scanner to protect your data. Plug it into any computer and reboot and you've got a networked Linux system with Mozilla and Open Office.
    Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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    Re: Computer on a stick

    I gotta get me one of those to drive the admins at my school crazy for "installing" linux over there windows images and to have access to better programs that what the school thinks we need.
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    • #3
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      that's HAWT.
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      • #4
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        With the exception of the fingerprint scanner, is there anything on this that you can't use a simple thumbdrive to do?
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        • #5
          Re: Computer on a stick

          It's got the write-protected area, which keeps the OS and applications from getting infected. You can give this to your mom and not worry about her going to a pr0n site and clicking on the Wrong Thing. ;)
          Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

          snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

          Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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          • #6
            Re: Computer on a stick

            Ooooo. I'll get one.

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            • #7
              Re: Computer on a stick

              Originally posted by ScratchMonkey
              It's got the write-protected area, which keeps the OS and applications from getting infected. You can give this to your mom and not worry about her going to a pr0n site and clicking on the Wrong Thing. ;)
              Can't you write-protect directories on a thumbdrive? Or are you saying that there are virii out there that can bypass software protections, and that this computer on a stick has a ROM on it?

              Hmmm, I don't imagine that ROM chips are terribly expensive, so I expect that if this catches on, it will have some decent competition soon enough. And with thumbdrives getting cheaper and cheaper, I just might get one of these...

              Mateo! TacticalOS on a stick?
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              • #8
                Re: Computer on a stick

                This has some kind of hardware protection, but I'm not sure if software unlocks it or if there's a physical slide switch. I do know that one can get USB Flash drives with the latter.
                Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

                snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

                Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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                • #9
                  Re: Computer on a stick

                  Originally posted by CingularDuality
                  Mateo! TacticalOS on a stick?
                  Sure! Why not? What sized stick you want it to run on? I only have a 1gb USB stick, which is PLENTY for TacticalOS, but I may need to trim it down if you want 512/256/128mb sticks supported.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Computer on a stick

                    Originally posted by TG_Mateo
                    Sure! Why not? What sized stick you want it to run on? I only have a 1gb USB stick, which is PLENTY for TacticalOS, but I may need to trim it down if you want 512/256/128mb sticks supported.
                    Wait, are you saying that you've got TacticalOS up and running?
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