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I hope NXP doesn't stop PPC development, our only other option would be to use low-end POWER8 CPU's (I think the slowest POWER8 CPU's are quad core processors at 2.5GHz, and while that sounds great, I don't know if that kind of power consumption is warranted in a laptop.

General Discussion / Re: Financing Ideas (2) Islamic Venture Capitals
« on: March 17, 2016, 06:10:00 PM »
While it's good to look at any kind of financing you can get. I don't know if venture capital is what we'll be looking for, especially if the project will be largely non-profit.

It's interesting anyhow.

Notebook chassis / Re: Aluminum chassis
« on: March 17, 2016, 12:59:06 AM »
Wood is also a very fascinating material. I didn't know Iameco: quite interesting, but a nicer design would be appreciated.

Wood, when treated correctly can also be a very versatile material. That and it's easier to replace a panel of wood then to find an aluminium panel.

Notebook chassis / Re: Aluminum chassis
« on: March 16, 2016, 03:36:26 PM »
I think the Iameco design they prefer looks quite good, even though it's wood and plastic, it looks quite sturdy and well designed.

Introduction / Re: Casper
« on: February 21, 2016, 11:08:49 PM »
No problem, I'm a patient fellow :)

Introduction / Re: Casper
« on: February 21, 2016, 08:14:44 PM »
Hello Carlos

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Suggestions / Hardware Kill Switches
« on: February 20, 2016, 01:34:41 PM »
Another hardware idea that I think is cool: Hardware kill switches.

Basically, when you flip a kill switch, it cuts the power to a specific component.
The Librem laptops use kill switches for the microphone, webcam, bluetooth and wifi.
Privacy wise, this is awesome. No-one can just hack into your system and listen to your microphone even if you thought you turned it off in software.

However, looking at their product updates, it looks like they had some difficulty adjusting their case to accommodate the switches, let alone I can't find any company that sells specific switches made for this purpose, so they probably had to implement their own design. I wouldn't know what this would mean cost-wise.

This isn't a priority, nor do I know if it's feasible with what we're trying to accomplish here, but I thought it could be a great idea.

Suggestions / Re: Display?
« on: February 18, 2016, 02:15:14 PM »
A 16:9 1080p 15" matte LCD display is the most ergonomic and economic choice I think.

16:9 is now the most common form factor, 16:10 would also be a good choice, but I dob't know if it's as widely available. It's a good format for both modern media consumption and productivity. 4:3 isn't really an option anymore, not if you want a modern laptop.

1920x1080 is the optimal resolution I think. Plenty of sharpness, yet not battery draining high. 720p for laptops is really getting outdated for modern machines.

15" is a good blend of productivity and portability. As a student, 13" is a bit too small to keep 2 documents open next to each other, 17" is a bit too large and cumbersome for students.

As for display finishes, I prefer matte. For outdoor use  and my sanity. Glossy displays have beautiful colors, but the fingersprints drive  me crazy, dust and filth aren't easy to clean and the glare can be really annoying. Matte is more a jack-of-all-trades coating.

Introduction / Re: Casper
« on: February 17, 2016, 02:59:30 PM »
Thanks Carlos

If I have a good spare moment, I might see to a Dutch translation for the website.

Introduction / Casper
« on: February 16, 2016, 05:21:11 PM »
Hello everyone

I'm Casper.
I live in Gent, Belgium, I'm 20 years old and I study Japanese.

Now that we got that out of the way, how did I find this project?
My family has been Mac users since before my birth, so I largely grew up on using PowerPC Apple devices, which I remember as being the most colorful and diverse period of Apple's Mac lineup.

I was only introduced to Windows later on and I enjoyed using Windows XP, 7 and even 8 to a point. But Windows 10 is starting to frustrate the hell out of me. Flat and boring presentation, the settings are all over the place, broken backwards compatibility at some places, privacy issues, closed wall system.

Problem is, Mac OSX, which is up to this day still my favorite OS has been slowly evolving into the same thing. The Macs definitely were my favorite computers when they were computers that could just get stuff done while even sporting some of my favorite games, but with the switch to Intel, they have become commodity fetished objects, mainly being sported as status symbols.

The Macs of today aren't even that special, building sober and powerful laptops with an excellent trackpad is something most Windows PC makers can pull of now.

in light of that, I've been retracing my computing steps back to the systems I enjoyed.

So, I've been busy slowly refurbishing my old Powerbook G4 in favor of my 13" Macbook Pro (batter needs replacing, maybe a new HD and I'm thinking of running Morph OS on there).

I got interested into PowerPC again after I stumbled on the Amiga community (never grew up on Amiga's since their zenith was before my time) and I was interested to see the platform was still being developed on PowerPC.

The new AmigaOne systems are crazy expensive though (but the still-to-be-fully-announced AmigaOne A1222 looks like it'll be more reasonably priced) so I kept on searching, until, through the forums of AmigaWorld I saw a post linking back to here.

A modern PowerPC laptop is something I'm seriously interested in. Especially if it's open and respects the users rights (maybe want get an FSF approval, you'll get a LOT of attention that way).

I'm no hardware or software developer, but I'm definitely a computer enthusiast. If you ever need something translated from English to Dutch (my native language), I can give it a shot.

Pleased to make your acquaintance.

My current computers are:
Macbook Pro 13" (currently in use)
AMD-based Windows machine (self-built)
Powerbook G4 (currently refurbishing)
Powerbook G3 (currently dead)
Power Mac G4
Mini Mac G4
iMac G3 (X2)

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