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Tale of a Black Dog - page 4

A Different Type of Canine

  • December 8, 2005
  • By Russell Pavlicek

With the new product in hand, I proceeded to once again start my testing. This time, thankfully, the new Dog responded as expected.

Starting up the Black Dog using the process mentioned above, I soon found that the little fella was somewhat devoid of personality out of the box. Yes, the biometric scanner automatically calibrates to your finger with a few presses of the thumb (that's quite a neat bit of technology on such a small device). But other capabilities are rather bland in its initial state.

The original pop-up menu contains just four items: Info, XGalaga, XBlast, and XTerm. Hardly a mind-blowing group of applications, this limited repertoire might seem seriously underwhelming if you were expecting the device to jump to life with an amazing array of programs.

On the server side of things, the Black Dog includes an Apache web server (currently containing one page with helpful links to the Black Dog Project website) and a Samba server ready to share the pooch's full 512-MB file system. And, of course, there are the usual assortment of basic command line utilities which lurk under the covers (see Figure 4).

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