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#1 Guest_Blooz1_*

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 04:59 AM

Yet another "subscription-based" PC idea - Linux based energy saver!

http://www.nytimes.c...gy/16cheap.html

Could be a viable alternative for the "computer challenged", not much to mess up, and saves electricity!

Whaddya think?

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 07:41 AM

might be an Idea for web surfers...

I have my eye on those Via PC's that are the size of a business card..

That could really help me...just use 6 of those and hook them all via a network to my main rig (via router) and save alot of space and energy...;)

waiting till they sell them to get some...;)

EDIT: the Via based ones use .25watt idle and a max of 13watts
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Posted 16 July 2007 - 11:07 PM

Its actually a $ 409.80 dollar computer if you add up the $99 plus the $12.95 a month 2 year contract, that is real close to a mac mini in price.

Or you could buy the box outright for $249, I can't find if they supply a monitor.
And it don't have a Hard Drive.


* Intel-compatible ultra-low power CPU
* 512 MB RAM + 4GB flash-based local storage
* VGA graphics port (16 million colors). Hardware graphics and MPEG2 acceleration
* PC-compatible ports for keyboard and mouse
* 6 USB ports to plug-and-play all standard USB accessories
* Broadband ready: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet built-in

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 05:41 AM

Yeah, there's a "bait and switch" aspect to this rig to get it down to the $99 price point - no monitor,keyboard, mouse in that price. They seem to be relying on online storage to eliminate the HD and lower power consumption.

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 09:44 AM

I don't know if any PC at $99 (or any "civilized") price will fly.

Maybe if you took a pocket PC or something and strapped it to an R/C airplane it would count, but other than that, I doubt it.

One could always try though.

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 11:50 AM

I don't know if any PC at $99 (or any "civilized") price will fly.

Maybe if you took a pocket PC or something and strapped it to an R/C airplane it would count, but other than that, I doubt it.

One could always try though.


I was gonna say drop it out a 10 storey window and see... It either will or won't... :rolleyes: