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NewsForge: Commentary: Gates Wants Poor to Spend $600+, Not $100 or $200, for Computers

Mar 21, 2006, 11:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

"I don't make these things up. I just read the news, in this case a Reuters article about Bill Gates expressing disdain for $100 stripped-down, crank-powered laptops running Linux while pushing a Microsoft-sponsored 'ultra-mobile computer' expected to cost between $599 and $999. While I--like many others--have doubts that putting $100 ultra-basic laptops in poor children's hands will solve the world's problems, I resent Gates's attitude. I'd like one of the '$100 machines' myself, even if it costs me $200 or $300.

"I've wanted something like this for years: a tiny, simple portable computer I could use to type stories on the go; something with a larger screen and a little more oomph than a PDA or fancied-up cell phone, but smaller (and cheaper) than a full-tilt laptop. Connectivity would be a must for me, either directly through a built-in wireless or wired connection or through a cable connected to my cellular phone..."

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