Will you buy a Steam Machine for $499?

Today in Open Source: iBuyPower's Steam Machine priced at $499. Plus: Android eyewear computer ships, and get a job by contributing to open source

iBuyPower Steam Machine for $499

Linux gamers are chomping at the bit to get their hands on a Steam Machine. iBuyPower has released information about their $499 prototype.

This morning, iBuyPower revealed a prototype of its own upcoming Steam Machine, which will go on sale for just $499 next year. For the price of an Xbox One, the computer will offer a multicore AMD CPU and a discrete AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card — that's a $180 GPU all by itself — and come with Valve's Steam Controller as part of the package deal.

iBuyPower Steam Machine
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The iBuyPower Steam Machine looks very promising indeed! The price seems right and the device itself looks pretty good. I like the customizable light bar that runs down the side of it. That will add a bit of appeal for some gamers.

Will you buy a Steam Machine for $499? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

Vuzix Ships $1000 Android Eyewear Computer

It looks like Vuzix has beaten Google and shipped its M100 eyewear computer before Google Glass.

Vuzix has begun shipping an Android-based eyewear computer to developers, and is now taking pre-orders from the general public. The $1,000 Vuzix M100 device is equipped with a 1GHz, dual-core processor and a 16:9, WQVGA display, and offers WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, sensors, a five-megapixel camera, and voice and gesture recognition.

Vuzix M100 Eyewear Computer
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I'm no more impressed with the Vuzix M100 than I was with Google Glass. I still dislike the idea of wearing a computer like I would a pair of glasses. I can't really see the point of these things, not to mention the privacy issues and the sheer discomfort of having something like this on my head.

Am I the only one that feels this way? These products seem to have been created for a need that doesn't really exist.

Use Open Source Contributions To Get A Job

OpenSource.com has an interesting article about CodeDoor, a new service that helps you use your open source contributions to get a job.

So, I started CodeDoor, a platform that limits the vetting process to if you have contributed to open source. If yes, you're in. Companies or persons looking to hire freelance programmers can then decide for themselves whether a candidate fits their needs based on their portfolio of code and other projects. I set the minimum threshold to having at least one commit in a GitHub repository that has garnered at least 25 stars. In the case of a freelancer who only contributes in a minor or small way to a project, like fixing a typo, that exact work can be seen and then judged by the person looking to hire.

If you would like to use CodeDoor as a company or person looking to hire a freelance programmer, you can search by skill and hourly rate. When you find a programmer you are interested in contacting, register with the site using your GitHub account. Then, you can start a contract with a programmer you agree to terms with, and pay CodeDoor (who pays the freelancer) for time billed.

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I think CodeDoor is a great idea. I hope it helps folks find work. It's great that contributing to open source projects might also open some career doors for contributors.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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