Intel, Microsoft for Pay-As-You-Go PCs
,----[ Quote from Yahoo]
| The pay-as-you-go model enabled by FlexGo makes PCs more accessible
| by reducing the initial cost and enabling customers to pay for
| computers through subscriptions or as they use them, through the
| purchase of prepaid activation cards or tokens.
,----[ Quote from CNET ]
| Want to write a Word document? Pay a few pennies. Want to download
| some digital photos? Pay a few more.
| Under the idea, which Microsoft is introducing this week, people would
| be able to get a PC for their home with a mechanism that charges them
| depending on how much computing they use. Consumers would pay for about
| half of the PC upfront and then, say, 50 cents or 75 cents per hour of
| use. After several hundred hours of paid use, they would then own the
| PC outright.
It's the hidden fee approach -- that which printer manufacturer take. Buy
cheap, then get ripped off. Same with Vista editions, AKA crippleware.