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Think Small



Bigger isn’t better, no matter what some people might say. The new Mini Cooper, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Beetle are giving the big SUVs a run for their money. Books about Hobbits have never been more popular. And all the ladies seem to love Tom Cruise even though he’s only five foot seven.

When it comes to technology, smaller has become the benchmark for just about every new product.

Leaps and bounds in computer technology have not only enabled high-tech manufacturers to make faster, more spacious, and more powerful products, but also to make products that are smaller and more portable.

Laptops are so thin these days that you could fit three of them in a briefcase. Cellular phones are so tiny you can’t tell if people are talking on the phone or talking to themselves. Miniature personal data assistants (PDAs) are so powerful you can throw away your watch, personal organizer, calculator, walkman, and pocketbook, as well as use them to access the Internet, your e-mail, and link to just about every other electronic device in your office.

Here is a look at a few of the little things out there that are making some big waves.


No only is OQO Inc. a small company, the San Francisco-based high-tech company is releasing one of the most talked about small products to be introduced in many years.

Picture a computer that fits in the palm of your hand. It’s just five inches wide, three inches tall and less than an inch deep.

It’s not another PDA, but a powerful computer that includes a 10 Gigabyte hard drive, 256 Megabytes of RAM, a Crusoe 0.13 micron TM5800 processor up to 1 Giga hertz, and a four-inch, high-resolution VGA colour LCD screen that you can also write on with a stylus the same way you’d enter something into a PDA.

It comes with Windows XP, and can run just about any software that fits its hardware specs. It also comes with a cradle to dock with a keyboard and monitor, which enables you to turn your OQO into a desktop.

As well, it has the ability to network with other computers, the Internet and peripherals through USB and FireWire ports. It also offers high-speed wireless access with the right peripheral.

You can plug in ear phones, and use it to store more than 1,000 songs or three feature length movies. The battery can last up to eight hours.

The OQO Ultra-Personal Computers will be in stores this fall.

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