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ZDNet: New Internet Computer NIC

Apr 05, 2001, 22:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Broida)

"Like eMachines' MSN Companion, the all-black New Internet Computer NIC blurs the line between PC and appliance. In fact, you might mistake this setup--which includes a mouse, a 15-inch monitor, a desktop unit, a full-size keyboard, and external speakers--for an ordinary computer. That is, until you start using it."

"An illustrated setup poster helps with hardware connections, and a slim manual explains the different ISP options. You can sign up for NetZero, a free service, or use the ISP of your choice. We attempted to work with a MindSpring account, and although the NIC supports that service, it wouldn't connect until we switched to "other" in the initial setup process and entered all the settings manually. The 3Com Audrey acted similarly."

"The $319.98 NIC employs the Linux operating system and Netscape Navigator 4.7, both stored on a CD that must remain in the machine's 24x CD-ROM drive, which cannot be used for other software or music CDs. The NIC boots from this CD at startup, which takes well over a minute (so much for instant on), and accesses the drive frequently, and somewhat noisily, during operation."

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