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Bill Gates, eat your heart out

The first real-life images of MIT's $100 laptop have surfaced on flickr.  In its transition from mockup to working prototype, the laptop appears to have lost its distinctive hand crank which was supposed to be used to provide additional run time in a pinch – the basket handle remains, however. Included on the prototypes are what appear to be swiveling “ears” which in the down position protect the USB, headphone and microphone ports from dust and dirt (or whatever kids manage to drag their laptops through during the day). Both the screen and the keyboard appear to be a bit on the small side, but children shouldn’t have many problems placing their tiny digits on the keys or deciphering what’s on the screen.

Bill Gates has lambasted the device due to its lack of a hard drive in recent months in an effort to promote his company’s own UMPC efforts. Gates also barked at the $100 laptop’s small screen size – interesting considering that UMPC devices have screens ranging from 4.5” to 7” and are hundreds (and thousands) of dollars more expensive.

There are also other efforts to spread technology to underdeveloped nations including Microsoft’s FlexGo and Intel’s Community PC.

On a side note, bonus points for whoever can point out what’s wrong with this picture.



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RE: What's wrong
By msva124 on 5/24/2006 1:53:20 AM , Rating: 3
I think that none of us know for sure how this is going to be accepted in those countries, for the simple reason that it wasn't tested. I'm glad you have faith in the intelligence of people at prestigious universities. I do not share it.


RE: What's wrong
By hoppa on 5/24/2006 2:09:46 AM , Rating: 1
Then perhaps you should quit using your darling computer. Without the intelligence of academics, your machine would be far different and drastically less powerful than it is today.

I don't understand how people can look at the incredible vastness of human knowledge, society, and production, and then claim that they don't trust the intelligence of those who are leaders in the field of knowledge. It's like trying to say that the sky isn't blue.


RE: What's wrong
By msva124 on 5/24/2006 2:26:37 AM , Rating: 2
You are in desperate need of Prozac.


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