OpenMoko Launch The WikiReader

"A $99 device that puts 3 million wikipedia articles in your pocket, now available."

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OpenMoko WikiReader
OpenMoko WikiReaderThe WikiReader is a small, palm-sized gadget which was created for one reason and one reason only - to allow users access to over three million Wikipedia encyclopedia articles whilst on the move. It's a basic device with a monochrome touchscreen and three buttons, nothing special. It also packs in a microSD card reader which stores the articles and draws it's power from a pair of standard AAA batteries, claiming a 1 year battery life.
The device is created by OpenMoko, the people who tried to create FreeRunner, an open source mobile phone. However, the WikiReader, unlike the FreeRunner, features no communications capability at all, there is no connectivity whatsoever, meaning you can't edit or publish articles, just browse.
To update, you have to remove the microSD card and place it into a memory card reader to update the constantly changing Wikipedia entries, or users can pay for a subscription service where users will receive a new microSD card with updated articles on it by post, twice a year, for a $29 fee.
The idea behind the device is good and there will be uses for some people, but with alot of people now owning smart phones and unlimited data plans, it seems to be a case of too little, too late for OpenMoko. Again.
The WikiReader is available from OpenMoko now, for $99 or roughly £62.
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08-10-2009, 18:07:26

long story but my little bro has been suffering with a 478 spares rig I built him last year.
Its comign up to his birthday and he has dealt with a lot of nasty stuff this year so I want to try and sort him an upgrade out. to shock many of you Im not minted, so need a cheap mobo 775 or AM2 - cpu maybe, psu even.

What have you got knocking about anything considered.

Please post prices aswell so Ive got an idea.

08-10-2009, 18:12:15

what kinda speed / budget tom ?

08-10-2009, 18:16:37

got here ....

1gb 8800gt £55
256mb 8600gt passive £30
512mb ddr2 8600gt £20
4gb kit + 2gb kit of 6400 (30 for 4b £18 for 2gb)
xfx 8300mobo with hdi etc £30

old 775 mobo that takes up to 3.6 p4 £10 + del
old amd 939 with a 3500 + or a opty 146 in it £25 with 3500 £30 with opty

1gb ddr400 (2x512mb)

list goes on give me an idea what u need :P

08-10-2009, 18:20:09

Got a Tagan BZ-500 (piperock - modular) PSU here, got some scratches on it but doesnt affect it at all, warranty seal broken though.

Not sure how much its worth? last time i looked it was around £65-80 new!

I'll get a pic if you want me to,


09-10-2009, 02:54:52

Intel DG31PR Motherboard - Click

2x1GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-5300 (DDR2-667)

OCZ StealthXStream 400w

Maybe even got an E2140 and possibly an E5300 (if it ever turns up...)

Could do you a better price if you took all of it ;)

09-10-2009, 04:23:30




Antec 650watt psu (missing one of the molex leads...)

£100 for the lot cos i love you and want it all gone?

you know mah number...(im sleeping from 10am onwards duder..) can box up and ship monday...

09-10-2009, 04:48:15

PSU now sorted, found my PSU from H&H!!

Still on the hunt for uber cheap bits, anyone else got anything? Wouldnt be a bad thing to have plenty of options

11-10-2009, 09:08:25

Bumpage - still hunting for a bargin boys

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