Monday, December 04, 2006

Some good news

I don't think so many people have been so eagerly waiting for a roll off the assembly line ever before. Not even for the poor man's car - MAruti 800.
The super-cheap laptop has just been launched in China. They say some finetuning is required, and currently costs Rs.135 USD, but eventually the price is to dip to 100 USD.
At 100 USD, it's literally a steal.Imagine the huge ramifications it will have for India, provided affordability and access are not given a byepass. Finally, then, finally on the path to a knowledge-driven society? Let's lap it up!

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Defence Minister Pranab Mukerjee told the Parliament sometime ago that e-passports will be introduced soon. These electronic documents already in use in international travel will contain biometric information (pupil/fingerprint scanning) along with other essential details in travel documents. Via Deccan Chronicle...
Diplomats and bureaucrats are going to be the guinea pigs, the Defence Minister said. Fair enough. If anything goes wrong, at least they have immunity!

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I actually won a Philips camera phone in online photo contest. YEah, you've seen this before here... But it is amazing that prizes are actually given out in these instances. They came over to office, gave me the phone and actually took a pic of it...Hopefully, my luck's changing! :)

3 Comments:

At 11:31 AM, Blogger tpraja said...

Have you seen the new India search engine www.ByIndia.com they added all the cool features of popular products like MySpace, YouTube, Ebay, Craigslist, etc. all for free to use and specifically for India. Anyone else try this yet?

ByIndia.com First to Blend Search, Social Network, Video Sharing and Auctions Into One Seamless Product for Indian Internet Users.

 
At 2:06 AM, Blogger Mayaavi said...

The news is informational...just wanted to point out a correction here: one of the line says Rs. 135 USD...and im ?????

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At 12:40 PM, Blogger kS said...

The $100 laptop that costs $175 to make... Yet another magik from M/s. Negroponte!!

Actually Intel is coming up with a competing product as well. The OLPC has some big name clientele among world leaders

 

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