Saturday, November 25, 2006

Cheap laptop for poor kids ships

A non-profit organisation, One Laptop per Child, has shipped a laptop that will retail for less than a $100, aimed at making computers as a learning tool available to poor children.

The first laptops, made for poor children in developing countries, were showed to the US State Department recently, reports The Inquirer.

Although the laptop is currently selling at $125 a pop, Nicholas Negroponte of the MIT Media Lab — who founded One Laptop per Child — hopes that the price will drop to a $100 by 2008.

According to The Inquirer, 900 units will be manufactured early in 2007, which will be distributed amongst software developers to create applications for it, after which the computers will be mass-produced.

The project is not without its share of criticism though, reports the International Herald Tribune. These range from environmental concerns, to the tech community doubting whether a computer can be made for a $100.

The computers will also be undergoing stringent testing during the next couple of weeks: "We have to test, test, test this machine under conditions of extreme cold, extreme heat, mud, dust, jungle and daily abuse by kids," Negroponte told the International Herald Tribune.

The project also rattled the tech community, as a low-cost computer will probably need to run on free — or almost free — software, introducing millions of children to the world of open source software.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Buy A Laptop Computer Online Securely And Get The Best Deals

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There is a reason the internet is still working and growing at a rapid rate. It is simply the best place to get a great deal on just about everything. You can buy a laptop computer online and easily save 25% to 60% off retail price. How can this be? Online companies do not have the overhead a regular store has, thus passing the savings onto the consumer!

Thanks to ever advancing technology buying online is safer than ever. Websites install encrypting security technology to help assure a privacy safe transaction. The information given from the consumer to the merchant is scrambled, so no one can read it. On secure websites you will notice a little "lock" in the lower right side of the screen. Another clue if a website is secure, upon ordering the URL address will start with "https//". This is a reassurance to consumers that the site is secure.

Choosing which laptop PC to buy online is a whole other subject. It is best to stay with the companies with proven technology such as IBM, Dell, HP, Toshiba and the other big name brands. These companies have the best reputations for producing great notebook computers.

The best part about shopping online is how easy it is to view all the products without having to go from store to store. Wasting gas and time and energy. Through the internet, it is also very easy to buy. Most e-commerce sites accept many forms of payment. Major credit cards and even Paypal. This too assures a secure purchase because they also have security techniques in place to prevent fraud.

One of the best reasons to buy a laptop computer online remains the deal. Typical computer users update equipment about once every two years because of the ever changing technical world. This could get expensive, but what they know more than the average consumer is buying online is cheaper. A lot cheaper.

Many options are open to the PC user when it comes to purchasing a new notebook. One could buy a new notebook PC, or to save even more money buying refurbished laptops is a great alternative. Computers can be reconditioned fairly easily with great success. Used laptops are brought back to original working condition by replacing, or repairing old parts. This is very popular because laptops really can last a long time with few problems.

No matter what PC is best for you, an excellent cost saving option for purchasing mobile computers is to buy online. Get the best deal and save time and energy while doing it.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Beware cheap laptops, say police after $100,000 raid

Police in Christchurch are warning people not to be tempted by offers of cheap laptop computers after a $100,000 burglary in the city.

More than 50 Hewlett Packard and Compaq computers, together with printers monitors and other computer gear disappeared from a suburban warehouse early on Labour Day, police said today.

A small white flat deck Isuzu truck was taken from the Addington distribution warehouse and used to make several trips removing the gear, Detective Sergeant Todd Hamilton, of Christchurch police, said.

The truck was recovered several kilometres away in Harewood the following day, October 24.

Mr Hamilton said the value of the stolen equipment was "getting close to $100,000".

Police wanted to hear from anyone who noticed suspicious activity in the Addington area on Labour Day or had noticed the movements of the Isuzu truck.

Mr Hamilton said the large number of computers taken in the raid "have to go somewhere" and police wanted to hear from anyone who was being offered cut-rate laptops.

People buying items for "considerably less than the going rate" were liable to be charged with receiving, he said.

If police seized items as stolen goods, purchasers were unlikely to get them back and would lose their money.

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