reliable one thousand dollar PC

Civil authorities in most countries can afford a flexible high end personal computer that is simple, reliable and durable. While their citizens may have to wait for reliable one hundred dollar PCs, or pay $300-400 now, some of low end boxes are good enough to use in any network that may evolve in the near future.

According to the Civic Efficiency Group, as of 2005-09 the ATI and AMD product suites have some unique advantages that make them an obvious choice for a reliable thousand dollar PC. As HDDVD and PCI-E SLI-ready parts become standard, through 2006, multiple vendors will be able to provide the same advantages, and the last PC will likely emerge, being a device that simply is pointless to replace with any future personal computer.

The reliable one thousand dollar PC with HDTV office capabilities should be available as of 2006-03, according to the Efficient Civics Guild, which advocates such systems for serious emergency response situations, and seeks Zero E-Waste Hardware solutions to cut toxic waste from computer discards.

who needs video integration?

While the need to route voice over IP is now accepted, it is still somewhat controversial to assert that high end video relays will be required in offices for public sector purposes.

The ECG claims that recent failures of emergency response by the US FEMA and other authorities that were not aware of what American mass media was already putting on the air, prove the need for for better monitoring of mass media and the integration of video into office settings.

Aside from seeing what journalists see, there are operational needs to have eyes on the ground that can relay back to a brain at the centre:

Experts may only be available at a central location and may need to review video of the situation in the field. Where there is a response over a very large area, there may be need for even more field intelligence:

Community emergency response teams and eventually first responder suits that include wearable PCs gather and relay field situations to centers where they can be seen and triaged. Some technology for this was pioneered by U of Toronto professor Steve Mann.

why isn't it cheaper?

The Microsoft OS plus Microsoft Office software is the biggest expense and highest profit margin item in any new PC. No doubt this is one reason Ballmer is concerned with the price of hardware.

Overcoming this with use of Open Office and Linux is one of the more popular suggestions for how to achieve cost savings. This is being done in Munich, Bergen, Austin and a few other cities where confidence in Microsoft is low.