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SiliconValley.com: CES: PC hides in Nokia media terminal

Jan 15, 2001, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Fortt)

"...More than all this, what makes the media terminal a PC is Nokia's decision not to keep it from being one."

"This might sound silly or even a little perverse to experienced computer users, but a new industry fad is to build what could be a decent PC and then cripple it to make sure it doesn't act like one. These hobbled machines often can't download or install software, or read e-mail attachments. Instead of Windows, they run operating systems from Linux, Be or some other company. These crippled machines are called Internet appliances, and they are billed as easy for beginners to use."

"There's nothing wrong with that; there is certainly a place for simpler computers. A cool thing about Nokia's media terminal, though, is that it was built to be easy to use, while leaving the door open for Nokia to suddenly, with minor modifications to hardware and software, turn it into a fully functioning Linux-based personal computer.

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