Perspective: The $100 box? It's already here
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| Nicholas Negroponte and Bill Gates have publicly dueled for months about
| how best to supply inexpensive computing to the world's masses.
| Negroponte, the co-founder of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute
| of Technology, has put forward specifications for a pedal-powered laptop,
| as many countries targeted by the One Laptop Per Child plan do not have
| electric power in remote areas.
| "If you are going to go have people share the computer, get a broadband
| connection and have somebody there who can help support the user. Jeez, get
| a decent computer where you can actually read the text, and you're not
| sitting there cranking the thing while you're trying to type," Gates was
| quoted as saying.
| OK, but if the point is to deliver a 21st century computing device to the
| world's masses, it may already be here. While Gates and Negroponte continue
| to debate the form and function of their respective plans for the $100 PC,
| a South Korean startup called nComputing has already beaten them to the