MIT $100 laptop

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  1. floyde macrumors 6502a

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    That's not so bad, it's definately better than origami :eek: . So what's it running, some Linux distro?

    **edit: nevermind, there's a pic that shows it's running Fedora, nice!
     
  2. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    What are those rabbit ear things on the side of the lid casing? Port protectors?
     
  3. iTwitch thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Runs Fedora Linux. AMD 400 Mhz with 128 MB.

    I thought the ears where port protectors but I'm not sure, this thing is supposed to use wind up power.
     
  4. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    The original design specs call for wi-fi and cellphone connectivity. Perhaps it's an antenna?
     
  5. zap2 macrumors 604

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    To think they could have been running Mac OS X:(

    Also it a 500Mhz..so the homepage says "ck and white reflective and sunlight-readable at 3× the resolution. The laptop will have a 500MHz processor and 128MB of DRAM, with 500MB of Flash memory"
     
  6. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Just because the people who'll get this computer are poor, doesn't mean they don't have eyes. It's fugly. :eek:

    EDIT TO ADD: And I've said it before, but sign me up for a hand crank. I'd rather have a hand crank and have to use it for 10 seconds every 1-2 hours rather than have a 3 hour battery life.
     
  7. bobber205 macrumors 68020

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    My teacher told us about this computer and he said something hand-crank power too.
     
  8. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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    I like the HP laptop in the background with the Apple stickers all over it. :p
     
  9. clayj macrumors 604

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    I wonder exactly how much this prototype cost to build. ;)

    And the hand-crank idea, while good for areas that have no electricity, DOES require that the owner expend a fair number of calories... not so good in areas where people are already malnourished.
     
  10. iTwitch thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not to start a flame fest but when Steve offered OS X was he going to have Apple programers scale OS X to the target hardware? Personally, I think he was going for some positive PR.
     
  11. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Hehehe... bunny ears! That just made me giggle like a idiot. Given I'm slightly drunk right now, so I'm prone to giggles... hehehe bunny ears...

    The PowerBunny G5!

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  12. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Lol... IOW, perfect for American schools.

    Perhaps more of our electronics should be manually-powered....
     
  13. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    I believe they got rid of the hand crank in the last round of modifications -- too hard to make it strong enough. I think the plan now is to offer some sort of detachable foot pedal. I'm not sure if they're going to have them with every computer, or if that will be "optional." I like the idea that anyone can buy one for $300 and then the remaining $200 will be used to donate two to the children.
     
  14. lem0n macrumors regular

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    but glossy screen, it'll be so hard to see under the sun :p I kind of like the orange keyboard, it's a cute colour
     
  15. amateurmacfreak macrumors 6502a

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    I actually really like them. Am I the only one?? :eek: :eek: :eek:

    I mean, I think they're cute-ish.
     
  16. Sutekidane macrumors 6502a

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    I agree, I think they're pretty cute in a novelty sort of way. I hope they're sucessful.
     
  17. Belly-laughs macrumors 6502a

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    Since they didn´t want OSX, looks like Apple´s given them Mac Book keyboards for the project. I hope it´s successful.
     
  18. iTwitch thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  19. d_and_n5000 macrumors 6502a

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    In the pictures, i thought they looked like swing-up covers for the ports. So, when you want to use a port, flip the cover up!

    But it could be wireless.
     
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  21. floriflee macrumors 68030

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    It looks more like it could be a Fisher Price laptop because of the funky color scheme and thick borders.
     
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  23. sb58 macrumors 6502a

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    my sentiments exactly.
     
  24. briansolomon macrumors 6502

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    That first orange one has a keyboard that looks very similar to the design of the MacBook
     

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