Ars on Economic Development

Posted in Economic Development at 10:36 pm by justakim

Ars Technica doesn’t usually have much to say about economic development, but this is pretty tech-oriented::

India plans to produce a $10 laptop.

An Indian government agency says it has $10 laptops in its scopes. The country sometimes credited with the discovery of “zero” needs to add another one to the end of its price estimates.

Ouch! Harsh.

Vista too expensive for developing countries.

According to a financial analyst, Windows Vista’s higher resource requirements coupled with its high price make it an unsuitable platform for developing nations.

I can believe that. Even if Microsoft were to sell Vista for cheap, not just any old computer will be able to take advantage of it. Things are going to get pretty interesting when all of India is plugging in their laptops.

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