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SJ Mercury/USA Today: GlobalPC tries $300 PC for the masses

Jul 10, 2000, 14:00 (6 Talkback[s])

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"MyTurn.com will begin selling in four cities a personal computer called GlobalPC. If it's a hit, it could change thinking about ways people use PCs -- and about Microsoft's Windows hegemony. ... He's betting that his $300 alternative will be a hit with the 50 percent of the country that doesn't own a PC, as well as with families who don't want to spend $1,000 on a second computer for the kids."

"Users can hook the machine to their TVs or pay $180 for a monitor. GlobalPCs are run by the GEOS operating system, which has been around since the 1980s, through a 486 chip, 20 megabytes of RAM, a 4.3-gigabyte hard drive and a 56 kilobits-per-second modem."

"...while no Windows alternative has more than 1 percent of the PC market, outsiders say Fuchs' venture has a decent shot. "Everybody who's willing to grapple with a (Windows-based) PC has already bought one," said Richard Doherty, director of The Envisioneering Group. "And there are hundreds of millions of people in Eastern Europe and Asia for whom a 486 is a supercomputer."

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