Courtesy Reuters... Compaq today announced it's latest entry into the elusive Internet Appliance market. The Compaq iC11 features 24bit color, a 12" flat screen LCD display, 128MB of RAM, remote Internet access, and internetand one-touch(TM) instant-on technology*. Featuring a revolutionary voice technology powered by Portico, the iC11 does not navigate using a mouse or keyboard like other computers. Instead, the iC11 queues on ambient sounds such as your voice, your dog barking and other clues which indicate what you may want to use the appliance for. "The technology is really complicated, but the concept is simple.", said Compaq's chief technology officer. "You may not always know what you want to look at when you go to surf the internet, but the iC11 is smart enough to make an educated guess based upon the context of your situation." Dr. Samuel Livingston, of the Freudian society agreed, "The entire concept of people knowing what they want is flawed. Why rely on your outward desires when your inner desires may very well be indicated by subtle inflections in your voice, your choice of music, the parental sound of your living partner, or the Freudian slips you make when speaking." Meanwhile, analysts are questioning Compaq's timing of such a device, to the dismay of Compaq's management. "While no one has managed to succeed in this market, including ourselves with the iPaq, one of our MBAs read a Forrester Research report that this sector has tremendous growth potential.", said soon to be-CEO Carly Fiona. Senior hardware developer Mitch Jakanowitcz agreed... "While we could have used a larger display, we felt it was important to make all those pretty colors show up in the upcoming Windows CE-XP-2002 Pro!(TM). And the market that likes pretty colors is really what management pushed us to go after." Compaq's leading consumer technology can be viewed at http://www.compaq.com *Disclaimer(s) - 512MB Required for Windows CE-XP - Instant-on(TM) technology not available for Windows CE-XP - Instant-on(TM) may sometimes fail to turn on the iC11 - Remote Internet access requires extension cord, not included - Do not taunt happy fun ball.