Ken Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fri, 2 Apr 1999 07:50:05 -0500
Well if you want to go overboard, Microworks will sell you a
"convienince pak" for $99 that includes CD, floppy and some
speakers. But you can get floppy drives for $15-20, and a
CD-ROM drive is under $50... But really, all you need is a
floppy drive so you can do a network-based install, unless
you feel comfortable pre-loading boot image over network
interface to a partition on the HD...
The base system has AMD CPU (K6-2/300?), 32 Meg RAM,
a 56K modem (of some sort), video card (of some sort), all
the typical I/O, keyboard and mouse (no monitor) for $299.
AND, it includes a year of unlimited internet access, a
$240 value (!?) and a Corel office suite. I don't know about
WIn98 media, though.
At $299, it is a pretty good deal, and to quote many other failed
internet-based folks "we are losing money at this price, but
we'll make it up in volume!"
THe more I think about it, the mare this is an impossible deal,
I may get one for my mother-in-law, she wants to get on the internet,
and I can get her a 17" reffurbished monitor for about $150, at
$500 (or so) INCLUDING 12 months internet access, that is
a pretty good deal, IMHO...
Sorry for the off-topic rambling...
From: Brian Wood <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Thursday, April 01, 1999 9:36 PM
Subject: Re: SoftWindows for Linux/Alpha??? -- Throw hardware at it!
>Ken Hansen wrote:
>> Or one of those "spiffy" http://www.microworks.com $299 PC (K6-300, 32
>> RAM, *some* HD (2+ gig) and a modem - note: NO CD-ROM, no floppy) -
>> take that machine, throw in a tulip PCI ethernet card ($40?) and a copy
>> WABI ($79?) and you are still under $499, even after S/H for all the
>> And you can have this solution in place by the end of the month!
>> HTH (sorry in advance for the inevitable storm of interest in the $299
>E-Machines makes one for $399 that does have a floppy and a pretty fast
>CD-ROM as well as a modem which you can throw out (WinModem). Also
>built-in video and sound.
>Brian E.W. Wood - firstname.lastname@example.org
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