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PC Week: Low-cost PC or single-purpose info appliance?

Jul 19, 1999, 08:09 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John G. Spooner)

"While low-cost and "free" PCs proliferate, single-purpose computing appliances are already threatening to take their place."

"Although PCs are fine general-purpose devices for performing tasks such as word processing and accessing the Internet, some users don't require all the power they offer."

"One of the first such appliance-type devices is the iToaster, announced by Microworkz.com Corp. last month.

"The device, which lacks a floppy or CD-ROM drive, uses a combination of Be Inc.'s BeOS and Linux as its operating system and a simple icon-based GUI that helps users navigate the Web."

"Other vendors, including Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE:CPQ), have plans to deliver similar devices..."

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