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October 26th, 2000

Audrey

Heh… you thought 3Com was out of the handheld PC market. Not so fast, bub! Here comes Audrey, the… uhm… thing from the Ergo division. While it isn’t a handheld PC, it is the closest thing to a real net appliance I’ve seen yet. And, I think it has something of a chance.

The greater question is, of course, are the masses ready for something that isn’t quite a computer, and looks more like the Philips line of kitchen appliances? It’s tough to say. The interface looks pretty slick, and the marketing team has got their work cut out for themselves… but I think it’s a longshot, frankly. Nevertheless, it’s becoming more and more apparent that in a number of years, you might not need a PC; the PC might evolve into the home’s server, with tons of little net appliances making use of it. -pm

Posted in Technology

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday October 26, 2000 -- 1:38:42PM
This looks similar to the FreePad.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday October 26, 2000 -- 3:19:25PM
True, except that I invented the FreePad as the Surfboard in an Advertising class two semesters ago. :)



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday October 26, 2000 -- 3:34:33PM
That almost sounds like a SBtB reference from the Buddy Bands episode...



FROM: Tina
DATE: Thursday October 26, 2000 -- 4:07:03PM
Please.....no more SBtB. I'm begging you! What about some other spiffy tv show, like, I don't know, Baywatch? Isn't a simple jiggle, shake and giggle program enough for you? Oh wait, that's SBtB!



FROM: Matt
DATE: Thursday October 26, 2000 -- 4:59:00PM
I will not stand by and watch someone SLANDER SBTB like that. How dare you compare post-knightrider era hasslehoff to Slater and Company. SBTB offered some of the best and most watchable TV ever.



FROM: Tina
DATE: Friday October 27, 2000 -- 11:09:56AM
Please, just put the bong down.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday October 27, 2000 -- 11:43:55AM
LOL...



FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday October 27, 2000 -- 12:48:05AM
I've known Matt to enjoy a nice mirrorful of nose candy while watching SBtB. Your bong crack was way out of line, missy!



FROM: Tina
DATE: Friday October 27, 2000 -- 1:47:53PM
Just make sure that whatever Matt stuffs up his nose doesn't interfere with his ability to discern what fine television actually is.



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