Linked by h3rman on Thu 21st May 2009 11:01 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Few hardware vendors have not yet launched their own mini laptop (or, "netbook"). Most brands these days produce their own version of the same hardware, with Intel's i386-compatible Atom cpu's and Windows XP installed on a spinning hard drive or sometimes still a solid state disk. Some Linux models are still sold by some vendors, among whom Asus, which more or less started selling in this OLPC-inspired genre of laptops.
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Another problem is be the production cost, i.e. the energy it takes, to make those very solar cells. It's a bit stupid to pretend going all "green" and efficient while all the wasted energy is in those "green" solar cells. But I know very little about that.
It's too bad because batteries have a dirty name and that's not unjustified.
I also liked the idea of the pull-cord generator, which obviously doesn't work with a laptop without a battery, but it would be great to be able to just manually reload the battery anywhere. Although it seems that sort of flopped.
Until energy gets *really* expensive, which in the near future I assume will happen.

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