This was a old post I had planned but never got time to complete. I don't think I will ever get time. Just posting it with the notes … anyway the main point is:
NYT :Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
Gates and Microsoft CTO Craig J. Mundie talked up the idea of a specially designed smartphone that could be connected to a TV and keyboard, turning it into a full-fledged computer. "Everyone is going to have a cellphone," Mundie said.
Jarod, while Microsoft-bashing is okay. I think you miss the bigger point that Bill is making about the future (though self-servingly). That is that the cell phone is the platform, not the laptop, that connects the next two billion people with each other.
"I love what Nick is trying to do," Mr. Mundie said. "We have a lot of concerns about the sustainability of his approach.
This has not deterred Mr. Negroponte
He also said he had raised $20 million to pay for engineering and was close to a final commitment of $700 million from seven nations — Thailand, Egypt, Nigeria, India, China, Brazil and Argentina — to purchase seven million of the laptops."
"I chose open-source because it's better," he said. "I have 100 million programmers I can rely on."
At the same time, Mr. Negroponte, who is on the board of the Motorola Corporation, said he was not opposed to the idea of building a low-cost computer using a cellphone. He said his research group at the M.I.T. Media Lab had experimented with the idea of a cellphone that would project a computer display onto a wall and also project the image of a keyboard, sensing the motion of fingers over it. But the researchers decided the idea was less practical than a laptop.
Some business and development policy specialists have raised questions about Mr. Negroponte's laptop, pointing to the price of Internet connectivity, which can cost $24 to $50 a month in developing nations. But Mr. Negroponte said networking costs would not be an obstacle because the laptops would be made to connect automatically in a so-called mesh network, making it possible for up to 1,000 computers to wirelessly share just one or two land-based Internet connections.
The massive popularity of wireless networking has caused equipment costs to continually plummet, while equipment capabilities continue to increase.
We hope to not only convince you that this is possible, but also show how we have made such networks work, and to give you the information and tools you need to start a network project in your local community.