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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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I wonder ...
By crystal clear on 5/24/2006 4:12:12 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder which operating system it will use-the Linux made in India version ?
Google homepage & free software package of Google?
Free version of wordprocessing software?
The free version of -Internet Explorer's competitor?
Plus other free software to add in/on.......
Hey MS is a big loser in this project -no wonder BG is upset about it.
I wonder.....

RE: I wonder ...
By Sharky974 on 5/24/2006 6:11:24 AM , Rating: 2

I'm sure they're the big loser in this project.

Get a dose of reality cus.

When MS is still raking in ten billion a year of profit in two years and this project is already forgotten, I'm sure Billy will be crying in his soup.

Looks like Apple is the big loser here to me. Oh wait, is one proprietary software company a little more politically correct than the other? Is that why you mentioned MS but not the other proprietary software company?

RE: I wonder ...
By Sharky974 on 5/24/06, Rating: 0
RE: I wonder ...
By crystal clear on 5/24/2006 7:25:55 AM , Rating: 2
Jokes aside now-but on one my trips to India, I came across
a localized version OS-Linux.
I asked why & what made U do this-They replied MS license fees in local currency is out of their reach,so took upon themselves this project.They adapted the tech to make it compatable to Indian requirement/needs-hey it works.
Later there was an article in BBC tech website about such groups existing in India,& the work they do & what they achieved.
Sometimes poverty drives U to achieve some wonderful things.

RE: I wonder ...
By mforce2 on 5/24/2006 7:41:37 AM , Rating: 2
Actually I wouldn't say Linux is such a failure . You use it every day when you go to all those web sites that are hosted on Linux webservers .
It's not doing well on the desktop , I agree but you can use it very well even there . I have a P III @ 450 running the latest Linux just fine with OpenOffice and stuff . Maybe Widows is easier , maybe you like it better but that doesn't mean you can't use Linux , it works too .

RE: I wonder ...
By crystal clear on 5/24/2006 7:34:16 AM , Rating: 2
I quoted BG /MS because they were quoted in this article.
Hey I forgot Intel CEo in India pushing the goodies-heaping praises /money/promises etc.All this to get 1 bln population hooked on computers.

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