MIT want to make $12 Apple II clone
ploopster at gmail.com
Tue Aug 5 14:50:42 CDT 2008
Alexandre Souza wrote:
> These guys have NO knowledge of how things works. Doing a WEB BROWSER
> for an APPLE II??? Besides being a stupid idea, recreating an A2 for $12
> for selling for poor people is a dumb ideia on itself. Listen:
> - Cellphone connection? If the guy is poor, how will he afford a
That's actually the easy part. Cell service in rural India is
*substantially* cheaper than most other places. There will, before too
long, be more cellphones than landlines in India.
> - The computer is the easy part, a FPGA can replicate an entire
> apple//. But what about video!?
Yup, that's the hard part. Doing a built-in display for $12.
> - Keyboard anyone?
Probably not a problem. There are tremendously cheap keyboards
available for OEM use now.
> - Web browsing in 280 x 192?
Could be web clipping.
> No. Get back to the drawing board and bring me something USEABLE.
> Maybe recycling old 486 boards and sending them to India. It is a good
> destination for all those old PCs. Strip the boards, recycle the
> cabinets in USA and build everything in a new cab there. What about
> that? :o)
Still wouldn't work. These ideas all assume a high literacy rate, and
reliable power. Neither of which exist in rural India yet.
They need books, not computers.
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