Linux PR: SolarPC Announces the $100 Personal Computer talks about the latest PC - perhaps a response to Microsoft's Steve Ballmer's request to build a $100 PC.
Burning only 10 Watts, an aluminium case with a 20 year warranty, a lead free motherboard.
Down side: You need to order 100,000 units to get one, apparently.
This is not, of course, really a $100 computer. For example, this computer needs an external 12V power supply, nor do I think it comes with any kind of display. These items will easily triple the price. As the saying goes, "If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is."
I don't know that you're right... and I don't know that I could argue against what you're saying. I don't know quite a bit about this system, but I do have an email in. Maybe when they get to the bottom of the pile of emails, I'll get an answer.
However, I do believe that it is a pretty significant step in the right direction. Thus the very short post :-)
Why on earth would you expect a computer with TV-out to come with a bundled monitor?
As for power: 12VDC is pretty standard world-wide, you'd use local power supplies instead of bringing in American ones and throwing them away. For embedded environments 12VDC is often available for the cost of a cable.
This isn't a $99 PC for the US consumer market, it's a World PC, it's for embedded applications, kiosks, third world markets, ... it's got about a 500 MHz Eden CPU, for Bob's sake!