Linux Today: Linux News On Internet Time.

More on LinuxToday

Upside: Gina Smith's New Internet Computer plugs in

Jul 14, 2000, 11:38 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff ST. John)


Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers

"Gina Smith, CEO of the New Internet Computer Co., can't believe how much people are willing to pay for an easy-to-use Internet appliance that retails for $199."

"It is Monday, July 10, and for the last 24 hours the New Internet Computer (NIC), the most recent incarnation of Oracle (ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison's oft-mocked "network computer," has been on the auction block at Amazon.com (AMZN). Final bids tendered this afternoon reached a staggering $1,650 for each of the 10 units at auction, which came with certificates of authenticity signed by Ellison, chairman and primary investor of the company."

"Smith, a 12-year veteran of consumer technology journalism who accepted the CEO job offer from Ellison in January of this year, won't be winning the office betting pool this time -- she guessed the highest bid would be closer to $1,000. Still, looking over the final results from her office in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, she says she understands why the bidders wanted a NIC with Ellison's signature to themselves."

"It's a collector's item, right?" she says. "Imagine if you had bought one of the first Macs. Or, for that matter, one of the first Newtons?"

Complete Story

Related Stories: