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XO With Cup of Coffee

It's of a similar size to mine, but half the RAM and horsepower. It makes that work by using a lightweight version of Linux, and has new networking tricks that let a whole roomful of them share one internet connection. Best of all it has an amazing screen that works in colour with a backlight like all other LCDs, but in black-and-white mode can also be read like a piece of paper, by reflected light, even in direct sunlight. That makes it a terrific book-reader. Negroponte hopes to educate half a world with it, but we'll get back to that later.

© Roy Brander, P.Eng 2008