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cool $100 laptop from MIT

screwy

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I would have really loved some specs...

But there is no way in hell I'm not getting one of those. Fucking awesome. :thumbsup:
 

void

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screw_ball said:
I would have really loved some specs...

But there is no way in hell I'm not getting one of those. Fucking awesome. :thumbsup:
yeah. i looked around for specs.. i'm not sure if they will be for sale, probably distributed via aid orgs etc..
 

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Yeah, probably something like that. Still, there's always e-bay...
 

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hand crank... fucked up but at the same time... oddly a good retro idea..
 

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Ugandans did this a while back, albeit with foot pedals. http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=489

On June 8 residents of Nyamiryango in western Uganda made their first telephone call from their village. What made this particularly noteworthy is that the village has no electricity or phone lines.

Nyamiryango is one of five telecommunications hubs that have been installed in the western half of Uganda by ActionAid and Inveneo. Using a combination of Linux and solar- and pedal-powered batteries, the two organisations have provided residents in the area with a voice over IP (VoIP) network.

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Descent

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I soooo want one of these...If it can play UT99 and Quake 3 Arena, I'm in!

It probobly uses flash memory - but I'll slap in a fuckin' MicroDrive and kick some ass :p.

And oh my God, these new smilies bite the choad. :p
 

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That is really freaking cool. Power to the people.
 

Icarus

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I thought that when I read it as well.

Seriously, the functionality and features of that thing, for $100, could put computing power into the hands of billions of people.

That is awesome!
 

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Wifi eh, that $100 machine will be in the power of thousands of wifi hackers in the world, i cant wait...Ebay it will be if that is the case. Does anyone know what distro it is?
 

void

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extra info.. seems these will be available here, see red sentence.. i think we may see them on ebay afterall..

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4292854.stm

Nicholas Negroponte, chairman and founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Labs, has been outlining designs for a sub-$100 PC.

The laptop will be tough and foldable in different ways, with a hand crank for when there is no power supply.
Professor Negroponte came up with the idea for a cheap computer for all after visiting a Cambodian village.
His non-profit One Laptop Per Child group plans to have up to 15 million machines in production within a year.
A prototype of the machine should be ready in November at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunisia.
Children in Brazil, China, Egypt, Thailand, and South Africa will be among the first to get the under-$100 (£57) computer, said Professor Negroponte at the Emerging Technologies conference at MIT.
The following year, Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney plans to start buying them for all 500,000 middle and high school pupils in the state.
Professor Negroponte predicts there could be 100 million to 150 million shipped every year by 2007.
The laptops will be encased in rubber to make them more durable, and their AC adaptors will also act as carrying straps.
The Linux-based machines are expected to have a 500MHz processor, with flash memory instead of a hard drive which has more delicate moving parts.

They will have four USB ports, and will be able to connect to the net through wi-fi - wireless net technology - and will be able to share data easily.
It will also have a dual-mode display so that it can still be used in varying light conditions outside. It will be a colour display, but users will be able to switch easily to monochrome mode so that it can be viewed in bright sunlight, at four times normal resolution.
When Professor Negroponte saw the benefits of donated notebook PCs that Cambodian children could carry around with them, he immediately set about planning the sub-$100 machines.
The project has some big-name supporters on board, including Google, which is working on thin-client applications. Thin client computing means several machines can share programs when linked up to a central "brain", or server.
Making them so cheap would mean that developing nations would be able to afford to bulk-buy them, although Professor Negroponte thinks that even $100 remains too expensive for some.
He said he is committed to the idea that children all over the world should be equipped with technology so that they can tap into the educational and communications benefits of the net.
Power is a big issue for developing nations in particular when it comes to technology, which is why the hand crank will be fitted to supply extra juice when it is needed.
By using innovative technologies, such as electronic ink displays, the MIT team thinks it can reduce power consumption even further on the computers. Such displays require very little power to work.


There have been several projects to build and distribute cheap computers for developing nations in order to close the digital divide.
A sub-£100 box, called Nivo, has been developed by UK not-for-profit group, Ndiyo. It runs on open source software and works as a thin client. The Simputer has also been developed for developing nations. It is a cheap handheld computer designed by Indian scientists.
 

screwy

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Holy fuck, its's better than my piece of shit Inspiron! I'll just have to wait to see how much space it it has on it... I don't need that much anyways. I've only used about 3 gigs (one for Ubuntu itself) on my 10 gig-drive. This is gonna be AWESOME. :thumbsup:






The new smilies do blow, though.
 

Icarus

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Reading that extra information makes this sound even better...

Did you see the guy's picture? Negroponte? :rofl:
 

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just on a humorous side... does it play pop goes the weisel as you crank it?
 

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just on a humorous side... does it play pop goes the weisel as you crank it?
That would be amazing, i would have so much fun turning that thing, turn it for an hour and get weeks worth of power :D.

And i dont know if youll be able to install to the flash memory? I would want to install another distro, unless that one is linspire which it probolly is.
 

void

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all laptops should have crankpower.. psp's too, those things eat juice like it's happy hour..

imagine the muscles the geeks will get..
'dude, you're ripped!'
'i know, i was on my MIT 100 all night..'
 

Disadvantaged-c

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void said:
all laptops should have crankpower.. psp's too, those things eat juice like it's happy hour..

imagine the muscles the geeks will get..
'dude, you're ripped!'
'i know, i was on my MIT 100 all night..'
HAAHHAHAA yay! working out and doing things on the computer, a geeks dream.
 

screwy

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That would be amazing, i would have so much fun turning that thing, turn it for an hour and get weeks worth of power :D.

And i dont know if youll be able to install to the flash memory? I would want to install another distro, unless that one is linspire which it probolly is.
Completely forgot about the memory being flash... If it's Linspire, I'll probably get a cheap HD with Ubuntu on it. Or ZipSlack. or something.
 

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HAAHHAHAA yay! working out and doing things on the computer, a geeks dream.
It would be the same hand they're used to 'working out' with all night anyways... Nothing will really change