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Seattle Times: Oracle unveils low-cost Net device

May 09, 2000, 12:42 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Unbowed by the failure of a bare-bones computer five years ago, Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison unveiled a $199 Internet machine yesterday targeted at the education and consumer markets."

"Unlike a personal computer, the device lacks a hard drive. Users who connect it to the Internet will be able to check e-mail and surf the Web."

"Ellison, helped by retired Gen. Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, unveiled the machine before an audience of students at a performing-arts high school in Dallas."

"The machine, named the NIC, runs on a Linux operating system, has a 266-megahertz microprocessor, 64 megabytes of memory, a 56K modem and 24-times CD-ROM drive. Monitors are not included."

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