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Around the Grounds: iiNet buys Internode, Raspberry Pi update, and VNC in JS

The Australian ISP landscape just gotten a bit smaller; pictures arrive of the $25 computer that could; and now we can have VNC in a browser, thanks to Node.js.

It's with a touch of sadness that I learned that iiNet intends to acquire fellow ISP Internode for $105 million. Internode founder Simon Hackett said that it was a matter of survival.

"The size of Internode on its own is right on the bottom edge of what we've considered viable to be an NBN player. If you're smaller than that, the economics don't stack up. It would be a dangerous thing for us to enter the next era being only just quite big enough," he said.

Direct from the "OMG! I must have this" department comes new pictures of the Raspberry Pi — Raspberry Pi is the $25-$35 computer that comes armed with a 700MHz ARM11 processor, 128/256MB of RAM, HDMI, USB ports, an SD card slot, audio jack, and optional 10/100 Ethernet. Intended to teach children programming, at that price point I expect to see the big kids taking it and putting it into all sorts of unintended places and making cool applications.

And those folks over at LinkedIn just can't get enough JavaScript, and must subscribe to Atwood's Law that any application that can be written in JavaScript will eventually be written in JavaScript, as one LinkedIn intern and now software engineer decided to build a VNC client to run in the browser. The technology used included Node.js, socket.io, and is rendered using HTML 5 canvas — it's well worth the read.

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