Codeguru Update eNewsletter - September 16th, 2008

by Bradley L. Jones

Computers breaking the 100 dollar barrier? Yes, and they're coming soon. Read about them here.


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Tuesday September 16, 2008

This Week's Topics

Comments from the Editor

This week has had a couple of interesting tidbits of news. The most interesting is a report by InternetNews.com that the release to manufacturing of the next version of Windows could be slated for as early as June of 2009—next year. That is very aggressive, especially without a public beta already being available. But then, this new version, Windows "7" would likely be an upgraded version of Windows Vista.

When would a beta be available? Speculation is that Microsoft could be handing out betas as early as the PDC conference next month or at their WinHEC conference in November. Either way, it seems that Windows "7" is on the fast track.

Another tidbit of news this week centers on the idea of producing a laptop for under $100. This objective has been a focus for many years to provide developing countries and others a means of using the Internet and a computer. It appears that HiVision is reaching this goal.

In October, HiVision expects to release a miniNote that can be bought for $98 in large quantities. They currently have the cost down to $120, but believe they will be able to break the $100 cost. The machine will have a gig of RAM, WiFi, three USBs, RJ45 connection, audio, and more. It will be available with Linux or WindowsCE.

Although I'm unable to find the new miniNotes listed on their site, you can find a number of videos and reports on the Internet that show these in action. TechVideoBlog.com has a great video that shows the machine running (see http://trailers.divx.com/media/charbax/ifa2008/HiVision-MiniNote.html). They also have footage of a HiVision representative showing a hot pink version of the machine that is currently in production for about $120.

It is easy to get excited about cheap computers and new operating systems. I do, however, believe it is a safe bet to say that these two new developments are not going to meet in the near future!

Until next week...

Bradley L. Jones

Recently Published Books

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