The credit for first coming up with the idea for a low-priced ‘mini’ laptop has to go to MIT Media Lab’s Nicolas Negroponte. Sure, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) concept bombed, but for a clutch of Taiwanese firms it represented an opportunity, and the first to grab it with open arms was Asus. The Eee PC launched in 2007 created the ‘Netbook’ market—low-priced, smaller laptops running smaller, cheaper processors that did the simple things right.
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We love using several online services, and Twitter most of all. But, and again we must harp back to the past here, we have warned of the perils of your online life before in this column. Chelsea Davy, the ex-girlfriend of Prince Harry, announced her new relationship status on Facebook. Cool, because she is young, good-looking and newly single. But just how much should you put online?
Drunken pictures of you from your college days might pass muster, but if you happen to be smoking something that is not a cigarette, don’t put it up or ‘untag’ yourself if someone else does. Watch out for the comments you make on other peoples’ pictures or posts. Keep in mind this is the Internet, and once something is up there it takes a lot of effort to take it down. Yes, even deleting stuff isn’t easy, there are multiple caches stored everywhere.
Your blog could be private and it could be anonymous, but if someone stumbles across it and figures out that you write it, just watch your back. The Internet is a democratic place, but the problem with democracy is democracy. Just apply some common sense online.