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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: Ha
By MrKaz on 5/24/2006 5:19:17 AM , Rating: 2
Keep thinking like that and you are out of a job... replaced by one of those people that don’t like education...

And a real laptop for what?
Maybe you would recharge the battery and send it to the kid on the other country every 2 hours?
I started with a ZX SPECTRUM and it is not important what device you use to learn. You could learn as much with a ZX spectrum as with any other device.

ZX spectrum also cost around 100€ at the time I bought.

Also for 100€ you all would expect what? The last AMD FX with SXGA display, 2GB ram and 160GB HD?


RE: Ha
By Sharky974 on 5/24/06, Rating: 0
RE: Ha
By Sharky974 on 5/24/06, Rating: 0
"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke














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