The $99 Laptop That Can Run KDE Neon . .

For those not familiar with the Pinebook series of Laptops.  These ultra low-cost devices have been engineered to run the modern OS – “Plasma Neon“.

2 Gigs of Ram and a small 16 Gig eMMC card – – so – – use a lighter browser like Midori and don’t expect fast internet if the site is media heavy (like “”).    Still . . . . it’s $99 . . . .

PineBook Neon Laptop – Info & Specs

New “Mintbox Mini” Desktop . . 5 Year Warranty

The new MintBox Mini (4th gen) offers a great price and warranty.   It features a new Intel Quad-Core Celeron and 8 Gigs of ram for $349.oo.

These units are built to last 10-15 years.    I’ve seen the prior version in operation at Omaha LUG and it’s fast and totally SILENT.   We already have two club members happily running very similar systems.

OMG! Blog re 4th Gen MintBox Mini

WPA3 – New WiFi Standard & Devices Coming Soon . . .

This post will update a previous post about the same topic, but includes the latest info.   WPA3 is a substantial improvement over the current WPA2 ecosphere.

It features 4 Main new or improved functionalities:

  • Privacy on Public WiFi Networks
  • Protection against “Brute Force” attacks
  • Easier connection to “Non-Display” computing devices (aka, Amazon Echo & many similar IoT type of hardware)
  • Higher Security for Gov, Defense and Industrial (& Business) organizations

When will it be available . . . ??  Hardware and software updates slated for release starting in 4q 2018 (although some devices from last half of 2017 are already wpa3 capable — but not activated).

HTG Article re WPA3