It's been a while since we've heard from Gumstix, purveyors of puny computers
since, uh, 2004, but thankfully they've come through with another PC-on-a-stick -- of limited use to the average user -- to whet our appetite for diminutive gadgets. Their latest is the netstix 400xm-cf -- Linux-based, of course -- packing a 400MHz Intel XScale PXA255 processor, with 64MB RAM, 16MB Flash, built-in 10/100baseT networking, and a CompactFlash Type II card slot for additional storage. While it obviously won't be replacing your desktop anytime soon, Gumstix sees the pint-sized computer as a boon to network administrators, who can use the netstix to test and diagnose network problems. If you just want one to play around with, the 400xm-cf will run you $206.50, though that can be knocked down to $186 apiece if you (or your higher ups) order 1,000 or more.