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Pics from CES - cool looking goods

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 08 Jan, 2001 @ 2:35 PM
 
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Ben Raymond of BeShare fame has sent in a bunch of great pictures for you from the CES showroom floor. We have picks of webpads, security devices, booths, people, etc… read on for some interesting images.

Here we see the Qubit webpad, in a real world scenario. It’s a pretty nice interface, but the icon bar on the browser seems like a huge waste of screen space…..

This is Qubit’s Adam device running galaga. It is undetermined if this game was local, or was a flash based version of the game. Either way, it seems like a trimmed down pc/tv thingy. Could be good for a kitchen or a young non-geek childs room.

This is the Qubit Security Pad, which looks undeniably cool. This is the first we have seen of this device.. I will try and gather more information about it.

This is the Qubit booth at the show, during a lull in traffic.

Here is the same booth, with added features: More traffic, and a subgame… spot the Rapture in Venice

This is the Be, Inc. booth. HARP can be seen on the right side of the booth…. I will see if we can get any better HARP images for you.

This is the Be Booth again. Duh. ;)

This is the infamous Compaq BeIA device. Havent seen this around much recently, but hopefully it will make a nice push back into the spotlight. Its a nice looking device.

Unfortunately, Sony did not allow any photographs of the eVilla, so we dont have any new pics of that (yet….)



54 Responses to “Pics from CES - cool looking goods”

  1. Ben R. Says:

    The First Picture

    The Icon bar at the top of the Web pad was different on each of the web pads they had on display ;-) Some did not even have it. I think it was to show you the customization you could do to each device.

    Ben

  2. Ben R. Says:

    In Response To Ben R. @ 01/08/2001 3:01:57 PM

    Re: The First Picture

    Device is the wrong word sorry, How about to show you what you could do to the UI.

    Ben

  3. Ben R. Says:

    Security pad

    A little more info now that I got some time to type ;-)

    The idea behind it is to give a central location for information one expample is messages. Instead of leaving a message for you kid to clean his room when he gets home from school you leave it on the security pad, when he gets home there is no “I did not see it” excuse since he had to shut off the alarm to get into the house ;-) Another use is traffic/weather reports, grab them right before you leave, from the pad.

    Ben

  4. Korson Says:

    In Response To Ben R. @ 01/08/2001 3:56:11 PM

    Re: Security pad

    Now if only it could actually get the kids to clean their rooms, that would be impressive. ;-)

    Maybe it could tie in with the other BeIA appliances in the house and not let the kids surf, watch TV, play on their PS2, talk on the phone, etc. till they had gotten an okay signal from their parents account.

    That might be a selling point. Or else teach kids to hack their parents accounts. ;-)

    Korson.

  5. bequick Says:

    pics of eVilla

    there are real life pics showing evilla on
    www.sakoman.com/codycam

  6. georges Says:

    [No Subject]

    A couple of the pictures are screwed up.

    The Adam with Galaga for example.

  7. Ben R. Says:

    In Response To georges @ 01/08/2001 4:20:42 PM

    Re: [No Subject]

    Don’t know why they are that way.

    I have a zip of all the pics on beshare look for CES-Pics.zip

    Ben

  8. soeb Says:

    Qubit using QNX

    According to their Web Site the “Home Gateway” uses QNX not BeIA. Lets hope that Qubit and Be haven’t had a falling out.

  9. BGA Says:

    In Response To soeb @ 01/08/2001 6:43:31 PM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    Don’t worry. It’s just that QNX is more suited to this task than BeIA. The right tool to the right job.

  10. LeftTurn Says:

    In Response To Ben R. @ 01/08/2001 3:56:11 PM

    Re: Security pad

    The security pad is a neat idea, however, do you really want your home security system tied in with the internet? That’s inviting disaster if you ask me.

  11. BGA Says:

    In Response To GUIkid @ 01/09/2001 10:16:15 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    BeOS is way better than QNX for those IA devices its running on and QNX seems to be better (ay least from Qubit point of view) to handle the security pad than BeOS is.

    BTW, it’s a fact, not an expeculation.

  12. Mike Says:

    In Response To gmlongo @ 01/09/2001 11:43:53 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    I disagree with BeIA being a stronger multimedia platform. Alhtough I must admit I haven`t seen or used a BeIA powered device before. Upon what do you base your opinion which you state like being facts?

  13. Deej Says:

    In Response To soeb @ 01/08/2001 6:43:31 PM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    How, with 2 of 3 devices announced as BeIA devices, would you think that Qubit and Be had a falling out?

    Yes, it is QNX… No, there hasn’t been a falling out - far from it. Be, Inc. have been more helpful than we can ever explain. BGA has it right - the right tool for the right job. ;)

  14. Mike Says:

    In Response To BGA @ 01/09/2001 12:27:14 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    So at what exactly will Qubit`s BeIA powered devices be better than for instance the already available QNX RtP powered Audrey appliance by 3Com?
    http://ergo.3com.com/ergo/html/ergo_audrey_product.html?cat=product

  15. BGA Says:

    In Response To Mike @ 01/09/2001 12:39:51 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    1 - The BeOS as it’s foundation.
    2 - Opera 4.
    3 - PersonalJava.
    4 - Media handling Capabilities.
    5 - Flash.
    6 - RealAudio.
    7 - MAP.

    The point here is that BeIA is a complete solution that can be customized at will and that suport a broad range of standards… And there is MAP, which is a *GREAT* tool for anyone deploying IAs.

  16. BGA Says:

    In Response To Deej @ 01/09/2001 00:35:00 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    Well… You should know better than me, as you’re a Qubit employee and I’m not. :)

  17. GUIkid Says:

    In Response To BGA @ 01/08/2001 7:19:16 PM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    Actually QNX RtP could handle those previuos machnise as well. It has probably more to do with the fact that many companies didn`t know about QNX RtP being developed or to late to the cancel deals with Be Inc. (They didn`t do the focuss shift for nothing. So they may have made contacts prior to the shift)

    It can also be a money related issue though. If Be offers BeIA way below the price of QNX RtP, QNX may decide it may not be viable to follow the example.

  18. gmlongo Says:

    In Response To GUIkid @ 01/09/2001 10:16:15 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    You are right that QNX RtP could probably handle the other Qubit devices, but not as easily and efficiently as BeIA. BeIA is just a stronger platform for multimedia than QNX RtP.

    -G

  19. gmlongo Says:

    In Response To Mike @ 01/09/2001 12:27:34 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    I have both BeOS and QNX RtP on my PC at home. BeOS is able to play MP3s or watch MPEG movies with overall less system impact. The simple fact is that BeOS handles multimedia better than QNX because that is what it was designed for. Again, it is the right tool for the job.

    -G

  20. Mike Says:

    In Response To gmlongo @ 01/09/2001 1:19:50 PM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    I also have both installed and QNX RtP handles Multimedia better. Quake III is also alot faster than when using Windows. Have you set the priorities to handle multimedia optimally?

  21. Mike Says:

    In Response To BGA @ 01/09/2001 12:57:19 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    As I understand it, BeIA is based on BeOS but doens`t actually use BeOS at its core. I think the idea was to create a small memory footprint OS with taking QNX as an example. I don`t know if has actually as good as a microkernel architecture as QNX RtP.

    Where did you get the information that Qubit`s devices support all these technologies? I couldn`t find it.

    Note that QNX RtP supports these options as well. (except Opera, but there are more browsing solutions) Also note that MAP is probably an imitation of QNX`s abilities to allow service providers to maintain IAs and other online devices for their end users. This has been available for quite some time for QNX4.

  22. Big Al Says:

    In Response To Mike @ 01/09/2001 4:03:39 PM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    This is Mike Bourma, isn’t it? If so, please drop the innocent bystander act. Thanks.

  23. Mike Says:

    In Response To Deej @ 01/09/2001 00:35:00 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    Can you explain a little further what were the technical issues you guys choose BeIA over QNX RtP or Palm OS 4.0?

  24. BGA Says:

    In Response To Mike @ 01/09/2001 4:38:20 PM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    It does. BeIA *IS* a customized version of BeOS. For some time they were built from the same source tree. Some time ago they were splited (for reasons that I don’t know) but both trees will eventually be merged again. BeOS already has a really low memory footprint and BeIA take it to the extreme by removing all components that are not necessary on a IA. I can’t comment on the microkernel stuff as I don’t know QNX enough to talk about it.

    Qubit devices uses BeIA and BeIA supports all these technologies (and more). Just read the information about BeIA on the Be Inc. homepage.

    Sorry but you’re wrong, MAP is unique. I’m pretty sure that BeIA also supports a wider range of media codecs than QNX (not to mention that BeIA was designed to handle multimedia and QNX wasn’t).

    Anyway, you and probably right and I, Qubit, Sony and Intel (among others) are wrong. QNX is a better IA than BeIA.

  25. BGA Says:

    In Response To Mike @ 01/09/2001 4:48:20 PM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    I can answer this one. BeIA is more cost effective, more complete, more customizable and faster than the competition. Ah… I almost forgot to say that the Be Inc. support to their IA partners is *GREAT*.

    Note that I’m not saying that BeIA is better than QNX in every aspect (it is not, and that’s why they choose QNX over BeIA to the security pad), but what I said on the above paragraph is plain true. Fo some reason you can’t stand the fact that BeIA is better for those devices but… I think we will have to agree to disagree.

  26. Nutcase Says:

    In Response To Mike @ 01/09/2001 12:27:34 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    Mike,

    I fully welcome your participation in the comments here, but i have a few requests and questions..

    First off, how can you disagree with BeIA being a stronger platform if you have never seen or used it? Is QNX so good that there is no way anything could ever possibly be better? To quote you “Upon what do you base your opinion which you state like being facts?”

    Also, if you are a QNX employee, please state so. You don’t have to, but we try to maintain a nice community atmosphere here. I think you can see from every reply to yours that people here are willing to hold a reasonable discussion about this with you, but don’t insult them and weaken our community by essentially trolling against your competitors.

    People are secure enough in BeIA to not only state who they are and their position, but also to admit that while BeIA is great for many kinds of IA’s, there are better alternatives for other types of devices such as the security pad. Aren’t you secure enough in QNX to do the same?

  27. gmlongo Says:

    In Response To Mike @ 01/09/2001 4:03:39 PM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    I don’t think that the average user will want to have to keep changing the priorities, depending on what task they are trying to accomplish.

    I’m not sure what your Quake III comment has to do with this thread…

    -G

  28. gmlongo Says:

    In Response To gmlongo @ 01/09/2001 9:41:05 PM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    I should make it clear that I by no means think that BeIA is the best solution for every situation. It is, however, the best solution for multimedia devices.

    -g

  29. gmlongo Says:

    In Response To justin @ 01/10/2001 11:10:14 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    I just removed QNX from my hard drive because I have no use for it. Not to say that it isn’t a pretty good OS, but I do most things in BeOS, and the rest in Windows. For some reason, Mike has a hard time believing that BeOS can possibly be better than QNX for certain tasks. I have no problem admitting that QNX, is better for embedded devices…but when it comes to audio/video, I have yet to find anything that beats BeOS.

    -G

  30. Mike Bouma Says:

    In Response To Nutcase @ 01/09/2001 6:02:30 PM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    Hello Ryan,

    > First off, how can you disagree with BeIA being a stronger platform if you have never seen or used it?

    I have some contacts which have more insider information and I believe they are suitable to give a honest non biased opinions. I`m also suprized to keep hearing misinformation about BeOS/IA being much more suitable for multimedia like for instance playing MPEGs. QNX isn`t used in DVD-players for nothing, you know?

    > Is QNX so good that there is no way anything could ever possibly be better?

    No, but for as far as traditional OS concepts go I believe the architecture is beyond anything else on the market today.

    > Also, if you are a QNX employee, please state so.

    No I`m not a QNX employee. Although I`m involved in some of the most exciting OS projects available and had interesting IT offerings my main job is being a Physical Therapist. I love computing science (and science in general, I studied Biology as well). I have my computing roots within the Amiga community.

    > You don’t have to, but we try to maintain a nice community atmosphere here.

    I`m amazed that I`m so well known within the BeOS community already. As these are my first messages on BeGroovy.

    > I think you can see from every reply to yours that people here are willing to hold a reasonable discussion about this with you, but don’t insult them and weaken our community by essentially trolling against your competitors.

    Actually starting a reasonable discussion is what I want. I want to know all about which technologies people think are superior and most of all why. Participation in discussions is best way for me to know what I have write my articles about.

    I`m not here to insult people, but rather to get as much information out of people as possible.

    Sincerely, Mike Bouma.

    P.S. I`m not here to point out the good points which BeOS enjoys as I believe most people in here already know them.

  31. tic Says:

    In Response To BGA @ 01/09/2001 5:07:23 PM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    No, the BeOS doesn’t use a microkernel architecture, altough there are similarities to e.g., The HURD.

    BeOS uses a small kernel that loads modules dynamically on demand. Around that are the servers (daemons for the UNIX guys around) and the shared system libraries which makes up for the API.

    As the BeOS kernel itself is quite small; it does the same things as the QNX kernel does, plus PCI/ISA bus manager built-in, and some other feature I can’t remember. Note that it’s not trying to be a microkernel, as all drivers do indeed run in kernel-space (where they run in user-space under QNX). It is quite small; about 600k, not compressed. This means that you can basically use the same kernel, and strip off any drivers and servers you don’t need to use.

    Take for example the Media Kit ( /boot/beos/system/servers/{media_server, media_addon_server}, /boot/beos/system/lib/libmedia.so) — they’re not needed under BeIA, so they have a smaller “audio_server” which supports only the features needed.

    Actually, it’s wrong to say that BeIA doesn’t have the Media Kit, as BeIA is a complete solution composed of the OS, management utilities (MAP), and Be’s support. If you’d like to build a sequencer, you’d most certainly want to include the Media Kit and Midi Kit — it’s up to the customer to decide.

    They pick bits and pieces of the tree, and use that to create a solution for a certain customer.

    – tic

  32. tic Says:

    In Response To BGA @ 01/09/2001 5:07:23 PM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    No, the BeOS doesn’t use a microkernel architecture, altough there are similarities to e.g., The HURD.

    BeOS uses a small kernel that loads modules dynamically on demand. Around that are the servers (daemons for the UNIX guys around) and the shared system libraries which makes up for the API.

    As the BeOS kernel itself is quite small; it does the same things as the QNX kernel does, plus PCI/ISA bus manager built-in, and some other feature I can’t remember. Note that it’s not trying to be a microkernel, as all drivers do indeed run in kernel-space (where they run in user-space under QNX). It is quite small; about 600k, not compressed. This means that you can basically use the same kernel, and strip off any drivers and servers you don’t need to use.

    Take for example the Media Kit ( /boot/beos/system/servers/{media_server, media_addon_server}, /boot/beos/system/lib/libmedia.so) — they’re not needed under BeIA, so they have a smaller “audio_server” which supports only the features needed.

    Actually, it’s wrong to say that BeIA doesn’t have the Media Kit, as BeIA is a complete solution composed of the OS, management utilities (MAP), and Be’s support. If you’d like to build a sequencer, you’d most certainly want to include the Media Kit and Midi Kit — it’s up to the customer to decide.

    They pick bits and pieces of the tree, and use that to create a solution for a certain customer.

    – tic

  33. Mike Says:

    In Response To gmlongo @ 01/09/2001 9:41:05 PM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    Games are often the best way to demonstrate the multimedia capabilities of an OS. Most games today want to impress its users and need a good multimedia capable OS to accomplish this. Windows is a multimedia capable OS. Only BeOS, QNX RtP, Amiga DE, MorphOS, etc need less hardware resources to accomplish similar multimedia results.

  34. tic Says:

    In Response To BGA @ 01/09/2001 5:07:23 PM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    No, the BeOS doesn’t use a microkernel architecture, altough there are similarities to e.g., The HURD.

    BeOS uses a small kernel that loads modules dynamically on demand. Around that are the servers (daemons for the UNIX guys around) and the shared system libraries which makes up for the API.

    As the BeOS kernel itself is quite small; it does the same things as the QNX kernel does, plus PCI/ISA bus manager built-in, and some other feature I can’t remember. Note that it’s not trying to be a microkernel, as all drivers do indeed run in kernel-space (where they run in user-space under QNX). It is quite small; about 600k, not compressed. This means that you can basically use the same kernel, and strip off any drivers and servers you don’t need to use.

    Take for example the Media Kit ( /boot/beos/system/servers/{media_server, media_addon_server}, /boot/beos/system/lib/libmedia.so) — they’re not needed under BeIA, so they have a smaller “audio_server” which supports only the features needed.

    Actually, it’s wrong to say that BeIA doesn’t have the Media Kit, as BeIA is a complete solution composed of the OS, management utilities (MAP), and Be’s support. If you’d like to build a sequencer, you’d most certainly want to include the Media Kit and Midi Kit — it’s up to the customer to decide.

    They pick bits and pieces of the tree, and use that to create a solution for a certain customer.

    – tic

  35. tic Says:

    In Response To tic @ 01/10/2001 04:44:19 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    Really sorry; I hit reload and the comment got re-posted without me noticing it.

  36. Big Al Says:

    In Response To Mike @ 01/10/2001 04:43:52 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    Whoa - OpenGL != Multimedia

    To say that an OS that runs games well will automagically run all multimedia (audio and video streams) well is bogus, and a really lame argument.

  37. cedricd Says:

    In Response To Mike @ 01/10/2001 04:43:52 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    heeey, good old Mike “A/Box, Phase5, PowerUP ..etc
    ..etc” Bourma. How are you pal?

    anyway, just wanted to point out that you missed the point again,
    saying that Be{OS/IA}’s media performance must be lower than
    QNX’s, because QNX’s is a better Quake3 performer than WINDOWS
    is a Quake3 performer does not make sense. See why? Windows != Be{OS,IA}.

    And people were criticising the OpenGL benchmarks published at benews
    because of “a bias”… /me shakes his head in disbelief.

  38. Big Al Says:

    In Response To Mike Bouma @ 01/10/2001 04:29:11 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    I know for myself I recognized you from BeNews. I think it’s pretty pathetic that you came here and pretended like you were some inocent bystander. Aren’t you the one who also runs the QNXStart web site (I thought that came out of your posts on Slashdot)?

    I don’t think anyone’s against arguing the merits of one system versus another. But you claim to have friends ‘in the know’ about things and base your arguments on them. Posting on this site is Deej, an employee of Qubit which has decided in two instances to go with BeIA and one instance to go with QNX (right tool for the right job). So you’re arguing second-hand knowlege versus Deej’s first-hand knowlege.

    Perhaps you’re “not here to point out the good points which BeOS enjoys as I believe most people in here already know them” (your quote) but you refuse to believe BeOS (or BeIA, which is a slightly different beast) has any selling points over QNX. Get real. Companies will choose based on what gets them the most bang for the buck. Obviously Sony and Qubit did a lot of research into OS’s for their devices. You pretend like they don’t know what they’re doing. I really doubt that.

    Oh, and I really have to know… what DVD players are using QNX? I was unaware there were any DVD players that used any sort of OS to operate? I’m genuinely interested in your answer, only because that could be a cool device.

  39. cedricd Says:

    In Response To BGA @ 01/09/2001 5:13:02 PM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    and before MB replies to you again on the same topic, remember this excellent quote
    from a beusertalk’er:

    “a fanatic is a guy who won’t change his mind and
    won’t change the topic” ;)

  40. tic Says:

    In Response To Big Al @ 01/10/2001 08:08:22 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    Well, duh, :)

    All devices these days use an operating system; even your TV does :)

    Anyway.. Yes, as QNX is an operating system for embedded stuff. And DVD is about as embedded as I know.

  41. gmlongo Says:

    In Response To tic @ 01/10/2001 08:44:54 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    That pretty much proves what we were trying to say. QNX is a better “tool” for embedded devices. I don’t think anybody is arguing that point.

    -G

  42. Mike Says:

    In Response To cedricd @ 01/10/2001 08:05:54 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    > heeey, good old Mike “A/Box, Phase5, PowerUP ..etc ..etc” Bourma. How are you pal?

    Phase5 is no more, don`t you know? Some of the people involve are now working on MorphOS and bPlan. Great stuff but I`m probably not who you think I am. It`s Mike Bouma.

    > saying that Be{OS/IA}’s media performance must be lower than QNX’s, because QNX’s is a better Quake3 performer than WINDOWS

    You forgot one important word within the orginal sentence. “also”

    Currently I can`t compare Quake III on QNX to a BeOS version.

  43. Mike Says:

    In Response To Big Al @ 01/10/2001 07:58:54 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    Multimedia = MULTI MEDIA which includes sound, music, 3D, movies etc. What kind of other application do you know which tries to catch all these different aspects to the full than games? A platform can today can hardly call itself the king of multimedia if it doesn`t have good 3D support.

    The Amiga was a great multimedia platform since its birth in 1985. But it was the games which caused most attention.

  44. justin Says:

    In Response To gmlongo @ 01/10/2001 09:54:39 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    qnx might be fine if it really worked. In the QA lab here I have tried to install on 5 seperate, different, well maintained machines and qnx has failed to boot on all. So i chucked the cd. Be has installed fine on all - the worst thing that happened was a grey scale boot, unsupported vid chip. And I can fix that.

  45. Mike Says:

    In Response To Big Al @ 01/10/2001 08:08:22 AM

    Looks like it`s time to leave.

    > I think it’s pretty pathetic that you came here and pretended like you were some inocent bystander.

    I never pretended to be anyone else than myself! Some of you guys act like being the true insiders. So what`s wrong with asking some questions then? Anyway this thread looks like it`s really starting to get “pathetic”. I take no joy in taking insults. It`s time for me to leave you guys telling eachother how Be is going to conquer the world now. ;)

  46. Big Al Says:

    In Response To Mike @ 01/10/2001 11:01:52 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    Yes, Multimedia == (You’re missing an equal sign) MULITMEDIA. However, the following is also true:
    Audio != Multimedia
    3D != Multimedia
    Video != Multimedia

    You are correct in saying that multimedia is made up of many different parts. But saying that because Quake III works well, has to have great multimedia capabilities is pure crap. What video codecs does Quake III use? Does it leave it up to the system to control audio, or does it do it’s own thing there? Is it using OpenGL, DirectX, or some other implementation of a 3D engine?

    Even then, perhaps an OS excels at playing wav files but has problems with mp3’s; or it can only play one stream at a time unless a program is written to specifically cover it? Or perhaps it works well with AVI files but can’t handle MOV files? You see, there’s so many variances that to say one is better than another because of ONE GAME is a lame argument. And I can guarantee that there aren’t *any* games out there that take full advantage of all aspects of a operating system’s multimedia capabilities. There’s too many variances.

  47. grovel Says:

    In Response To Mike @ 01/10/2001 11:22:24 AM

    Re: Looks like it`s time to leave.

    “Be is going to conquer the world now.”

    Well, at least we all agree now. :-P

    ;-)
    -grovel

  48. Alan Ellis Says:

    I’ve got 2 workds for you.

    Use bloody thumbnails.

  49. Alan Ellis Says:

    In Response To Alan Ellis @ 01/10/2001 2:22:16 PM

    Re: I’ve got 2 words for you.

    How about “Spell Check” for me …

  50. BeUser Says:

    In Response To Alan Ellis @ 01/10/2001 2:22:16 PM

    Re: I’ve got 2 workds for you.

    “Get Broadband”

  51. Nutcase Says:

    In Response To Alan Ellis @ 01/10/2001 2:22:16 PM

    Re: I’ve got 2 workds for you.

    thats three words. :P

  52. Deej Says:

    QNX vs. BeIA

    I will not go into the details of why we chose QNX over BeIA for our security device, but I personally would’ve liked to have see it a BeIA device - because I’m heavily biased to BeOS/IA. :P

    Qubit chose to use QNX for the device for several reasons, and whether, since the inception of the product, this has changed for better or worse over the course of time, we could not justify changing OSes mid-stream if we wanted a product out the first half of this year - we are under some pretty heavy delivery dates.

    The reasoning, responding to one of the other posts in this whole slew of comments, behind chosing BeIA over other platforms for our other IA devices has been stated on our website. I will say that BeIA is fast, slick, customizable, and the media-savvy-ness of it make it a clear choice for a company that doesn’t want to follow the crowd and wants to create something unique and different from other products, at an unbeatable price point. Add in MAP to manage/upgrade customer’s devices in the field, and you have a pretty powerful IA platform that won’t outdate customer’s software (hardware, however, is a different matter :P ). I hope that’s enough for you. :)

  53. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Mike @ 01/09/2001 12:27:34 AM

    Re: Qubit using QNX

    OOOOHhhh, a FACT troll. Armed with no facts himself. Nor, it would appear, as to any knoweldge of the OS the entire board is setup to talk about. Reply at your own risk.

  54. Dave MacLachlan Says:

    In Response To Alan Ellis @ 01/10/2001 2:22:16 PM

    Re: I’ve got 2 workds for you.

    Try “words”, not “workds”.

    Oh, and it was three, not two.

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