A $99 netbook deserves a song

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CherryPalAfricaWell, we’ve been chasing this ever since the OLPC project announced their $100 laptop that turned out to be $200, and now thanks to low-cost, green computing specialist Cherrypal, there finally is a netbook that breaks the $100 barrier without subsidies. I’m so happy, I could sing…

It’s gonna take a lot to take me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa, I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa, I bless the rains down in Africa

That reminds me, the netbook is called “Africa” and, I must say, it looks like it costs $99. Unnamed 400MHz processor, 256MB memory, 2GB flash, 7″ screen, Linux or Windows CE, it’s pretty unimpressive and less powerful than the latest handhelds, but what do you expect for $99?

All kidding aside, I really commend their effort with trying to bridge the digital divide in our world. Let’s not forget, bringing computers to the poor is what started the netbook craze in the first place. Glad to see that goal hasn’t been completely forgotten.

Via Engadget

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at]


  1. Absolutely NoOne

    12/16/2009 at 11:51 am


  2. Sumocat

    12/16/2009 at 12:11 pm

    I should have mentioned, Straight No Chaser has embedded that song in my head this season thanks to their rendition of the “12 Days of Christmas”.

  3. Oliver

    12/19/2009 at 2:11 pm

    Why does their photo show the XP landscape background image?

    If my little nephew was a year older, I would actually consider getting something like this as his first ‘puter.

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