If you\u2019ve ever wished you\n could slip your laptop into your pocket at day\u2019s end, the\n engineers at Seattle startup Vulcan would like a word with you.\n The design firm, founded by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, has\n crafted an unusual miniature computer called FlipStart, which\n was set to ship in late March. \n\n For $2,000, you can carry full-blown Windows Vista on a\n computer about the size of a Tolstoy novel. Compared with\n RIM\u2019s BlackBerry or Palm\u2019s Treo, FlipStart has\n packed a lot of technology into a small package. But a high\n price and a slow chip may consign the FlipStart to a market\n niche or worse\u2014a novelty.FlipStart runs Windows with an Intel 1.1GHz Pentium M\n processor and a 30GB hard drive, packed into a 1.75-pound\n brick. Users get a qwerty keypad and 5.6-inch display, as well\n as digital camera and stereo speakers. \u201cFlip the lid and\n there\u2019s your office\u2014in a clamshell,\u201d the\n company brags.We\u2019ve heard this song before, and nobody has written\n it quite right yet for mainstream users. FlipStart and\n OQO\u2019s Model 02 handheld fall into Gartner\u2019s\n \u201cone-kilogram wasteland,\u201d a designation for\n computers weighing between one pound and one kilogram (2.2\n pounds), says principal analyst Todd Kort.FlipStart will be stuck in small market niches alongside\n Samsung\u2019s ultramobile PC and Sony\u2019s UX \u201cmicro\n PC\u201d until designers improve its heat, chip, battery and\n price, he says. \u201cThere are not many people or enterprises\n that are willing to spend that much when they can get a much\n more powerful notebook computer with full keyboard and large\n display for much less money,\u201d Kort says.