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So, a $500 PC Is Cheap in India?

Anyone who has read this newsletter for longer than a week knows I'm interested in Third World computing. My theory is that great minds exist everywhere. By giving access to computers, the Internet and, thus, the entire world, who knows what a poor child from a poor country can do?

I'm half-excited and half-disgusted with the efforts made by our biggest companies. They talk about offering cheap technology to the Third World, but their definition of cheap ain't exactly thrifty.

Two weeks ago, I found two different Vista laptops for $399 at Best Buy. Desktops, as you know, are always cheaper.

So why is it that Microsoft is bragging about a $500 PC for the Indian market? At that price, it better come with a free iPod (and no, people in India don't want a Zune!) and a side of pooran poli.

Posted by Doug Barney on July 02, 2007 at 11:52 AM


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