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Who is waiting for one?

By 2050, we're all going to have eye tumors.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 22, 2008 12:19 PM

no one has done this before because typing on a surface that does "give" under pressure is painful and difficult. Also, it should be noted that one of the goals of the OLPC project was a sub-$100 laptop. It's now nearly $400. OLPC is trying for a $75 price-point with this one. No freaking way.

Posted by cmaceachen | May 22, 2008 12:27 PM

@2, if by $400 you actually mean $188, then yes, you're right. Now I realize that you're probably speaking about the "Buy-One, Give-One" program in which you pay for two computers and one gets sent to a child in need, but for the sake of your argument, you're not on point. I agree that the $75 price point is unrealistic, but if it's below $200, I would expect the device to sell quite well.

Posted by Preston | May 22, 2008 12:35 PM

That's the problem with OLPC: It doesn't actually exist. Nick Negroponte is totally full of shit. He can't deliver ANY of his pie-in-the-sky brainclouds -- never has, never will.

Posted by Fnarf | May 22, 2008 12:36 PM

A neat idea if they can ever pull it off. OLPC's track record is not exactly encouraging.

Posted by mattymatt | May 22, 2008 12:39 PM

@3, you're right, i misspoke regarding the price of the current OLPC. However, I still don't see this as a viable notebook or e-reader. Typing for any meaningful amount of time would require an external keyboard and battery life wouldn't allow it to be a useful e-reader.

Posted by cmaceachen | May 22, 2008 12:54 PM

Asus isn't bankrupt yet?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | May 22, 2008 1:07 PM

E-readers are never going to catch on. Books are supposed to be things, not files.

Posted by The CHZA | May 22, 2008 1:11 PM

I got my eee for $295 with a Linux OS pre-installed. That pc pictured looks pretty cool though.

Posted by asus owner | May 22, 2008 1:12 PM

I believe any e-reader that uses E-ink such as the Amazon Kindle or Sony Reader feels pretty good to my eyes. No refresh rate flicker, just etch-a-sketch style solid grey/black.

Posted by Anon | May 22, 2008 1:39 PM

@10. e-ink is currently the only viable e-reader solution because it only uses power when changing pages, and is often rated at 1000's of page changes per charge (as opposed to 2-6 hours for most notebooks). You're right, it also looks pretty good.
@8. If I could get non-DRM e-books at lower price than a physical book, I'd switch immediately. Given that most people don't seem to mind DRM, I think we'll see a decent surge in e-book sales in the next 5 years. It used to be that people wanted physical media when they bought music. Now mp3s are huge.

Posted by cmaceachen | May 22, 2008 1:50 PM

Asus Eee, it comes with Linux. Just tried Linux for the first time a few weeks ago (, gotta say, not going back to the old boys. Bye bye windows, nice knowing you osx.

Posted by mattro2.0 | May 22, 2008 3:27 PM
13 in the younger brother of John Negroponte. Just fucking great.

Posted by Shawn Fassett | May 22, 2008 3:58 PM

I've found that I really like reading ebooks on my Tablet PC. Unlike a regular laptop which is a pain to balance, I can hold the tablet like I would a pad of paper. I can read at night without having to have a lamp on keeping anyone else awake, and the last time I flew cross-country I fit 1500 pages of text in an inch of space in my bag.

Posted by celyn | May 22, 2008 8:32 PM

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