Dateline 4/20/00 Rooters News Bulleten
The Netpliance corp. (NPLI, NASDAQ) recently formed an alliance with the Ohio Art company in an effort to stave off the efforts of Linux hackers in their effort to buy Iopeners and actually make a useful machine out of them. The new Internet appliance is dubbed "Etch-A-Opener" and features a unique control device consisting of two round knobs, the user simply twists the knobs and creates the web content on the fly. Due to recent losses in their previous product NPLI is attempting to recoup some of the loss with this one. The product is expected to be availiable at most major retail stores such as Wal-Mart and Kmart and is set to be priced at $299.00. This appliance will have the restriction of being only availiable with a strict 5 year Terms Of Service (TOS) agreement, if the party ops to cancel the service they will be billed immediatly for $999 cancellation fee. NPLI hopes to regain some ground lost in the value of their stock with this move.
Jethro Bodine, spokesman for NPLI said in a recent announcement, "Now let's see 'em hack thisun."
No comment has been issued from the Linux/Hacker community yet. Investors seem to be holding back awaiting response to this new product. NPLI president M. Mouse issued a statement stating the "NPLI is back with a vengence". It is unclear what is meant by the statement.
Stay tuned for more.