Bill Gates mocks MIT's $100 laptop project - Yahoo! News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates on Wednesday mocked a $100 laptop computer for developing countries being developed with the backing of rival Google Inc. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The $100 laptop project seeks to provide inexpensive computers to people in developing countries. The computers lack many features found on a typical personal computer, such as a hard disk and software. "If you are going to go have people share the computer, get a broadband connection and have somebody there who can help support the user, geez, get a decent computer where you can actually read the text and you're not sitting there cranking the thing while you're trying to type," Gates said.I wonder if this little rant is due to the fact that Google is involved? Little sour grapes, maybe?
Before his critique, Gates showed off a new "ultra-mobile computer" which runs Microsoft Windows on a seven-inch (17.78-centimeter) touch screen. Those machines are expected to sell for between $599 and $999, Microsoft said at the product launch last week.Lessee....a 7" screen....doesn't that sound like it might be a little hard to read the screen, too? But I suppose with a touch screen instead of a keyboard, that would solve the problem of "cranking the thing while you type." At ten times the cost. Yep, methinks I detect just a teensy hint of wine-in-the-making here.