Vestel ( http://www.vestel-usa.com ) is a new manufacturer of Windows CE based MSN Companion internet appliances. They're selling them on eBay now for a flat $250 with no service requirement. The only catch is that the devices only work with MSN (or at least until the IA hackers here unlock it). Here's the press release:
well there is not much to hack !
i have one of these they are just your standard national geode chip board with
2 16mb DOC inside the board size is cool
its small and mounted under the crt and yes it does have a ide port !! just not much room for a HD ..
but i will say the keyboard with the touch pad is cool and it will work with the IO
i will post pic of the inside if any one wants to see it..
Codeman, posting the pics would be great! Quick question -- can you make the unit access the net using ones own ISP without inserting a new hard drive? In other words, can the current OS be altered to bypass access via MSN for use with, for example, Mindspring instead?
Looks like all the auctions for them on eBay have closed without one coming close to the reserve price of $250 (closest was $167 with most ending at $77). Too bad no one has made more progress with this. I'm sure the CRT screen is clearer than the washed-out LCDs were seeing on many of these pups.
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