Computers get cheap.
While Microsoft has seen fit to require a whole new generation of computers to run its latest operating system
, a number of manufacturers have started the creation of cheap notebook computers. The list includes the infamous Palm Foleo
, mentioned here previously, and the OLPC
, mentioned pretty much everywhere previously. But also coming soon is the Asus EEE
, a $200-300 notebook running Linux. And Intel's alternative to the OLPC
, the Classmate PC
. Even as the low cost alternatives to standard computer start to come on sale, the prices for traditional laptops dip ever
lower. Can the digital divide
, at least hardware wise, be consigned to the dustbin of history?
posted by zabuni
on Aug 19, 2007 -
Sputnik for the digital g-g-g-generation?
No, thats probably hyperbole. But despite yankee plans for a $100 Laptop for Every Kid
, those dang Chinese have gone ahead and created a €123 (that's Euros, son) Personal Computer, the YSR-639
As a perfect nightmare for Gates, Jobs and Barrett all it runs a version of linux (ok, that was probably everybody's guess) on a processor I had never heard of before: the Godson CPU
. The company espouses an unusual amount of populist rhetoric, the kind that I thought had been eliminated in now-capitalist China, claiming this a computer for all. Basically, they aim to end the Digital Divide--in China, anyway. Check out the video at CEBITvideo.com
posted by illovich
on Mar 21, 2006 -