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SunWorld Online readers comment on the proposed `Internet terminal'

By Michael McCarthy

February  1996
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We gave SunWorld Online readers the chance to comment in essay form on the notion of the Internet Appliance, and many seized that opportunity. Herewith, we share our readers thoughts received from midday January 17 through January 30, 1996. (Comments from january 1 to the 17th are available in an earlier version of this story.) -- Editors

The comments are reproduced as received; only some minor spelling and punctuation errors have been corrected. You'll notice that some readers are cut off in mid-sentence; apparently the comments field in our server wasn't expecting such extensive commentary. Our apologies.

Topic: Tell us what you think about Internet terminals

Date: Thu Jan 18 05:25:52 PST 1996

For people who just want to do Web browsing, email and etc., the concept of

an Internet terminal makes a lot of sense. The main market for this device

will be people who would not otherwise buy a computer for the location

they use it at. We're talking company phone receptionists and mainly the

home market here. The ``drivers'' for sales will be 1) ease of use and 2)

content. These folks will not care very much about technical

specifications. They want it to be cheap, not be obsolete every few years,

work, and work fast. A power switch, reset button, keyboard, pointing

device, and graphics-capable LCD (a monitor will be too big and ``clunky''

for kitchen counters). First, the phone company n...

Date: Thu Jan 18 09:52:56 PST 1996

There have been numerous attempts to create brain-dead computers that have

failed. Anyone who currently uses a computer isn't going to give up the

flexibility and power for an emasculated WEB browser, when for not a lot

more money, they can have a browser and a computer. The one market I see

for such devices is as information sources for people without access to

computers otherwise, perhaps provided by public service agencies such as

churches, libraries, welfare offices, etc. I suppose that the people who

use TV sales channels, such as QVC and Home Shopping Network, might also be

an audience, but they already get their shopping for the price of cable


Date: Thu Jan 18 11:36:46 PST 1996

Anyone who claims to be sure about this either has a vested interest or is

an idiot.

Date: Thu Jan 18 16:50:02 PST 1996

For home use, the Internet terminal could provide the `first' computer

purchase for computer `illiterates' who are intimidated by the

difficulties of configuring and operating PCs. However, the terminal must

provide access to compelling content in order to draw in these buyers. A

strong enabling factor for the compelling content will be the arrival of

multi-Megabit/s cable modems and high-bandwidth Web services from the

cable companies. The buyers may end up spending $500 or so on the Internet

terminal, and another $500 on the cable modem! (Why not spend as much on

the modem, since the network IS the computer!)

Date: Thu Jan 18 17:07:34 PST 1996

As stated in the article, the display device is the crux of the matter. Of

course no one states what this Internet Toaster will enable people to do,

surf the Web or use email or both. A device could be created for each of

these services for the cost range, but not for both. I also noticed that

no one mentioned Sega who is supposedly making a surfing setup right now.

Date: Thu Jan 18 17:13:11 PST 1996

1. Uses TV screen 2. Uses cable modem (or ISDN or ATM) for FAST and

UNEXPENSIVE network access 3. Very simple to use (For people who are

generally somewhat educated, but do not have the skills and time to

maintain a home PC) 4. Less than $500 (More close to $300). A game console

AND Internet terminal in one box for $500 (with a CD) will sell the best.

The top 10-20% from the PC users will continue using their PCs for

Internet access. The Internet terminal will be for all of the rest. Also a

must for anybody who travel. The personal WEB pages and the Internet

terminal will be as popular (and necessary) as the answering machine...

Date: Thu Jan 18 18:08:59 PST 1996

They will NOT replace PCs! They will NOT threaten Wintel! But they will be

popular, and will be used in place of kiosks in all the places you see

kiosks in now, and since they will be much more affordable than kiosks,

you will see many, many more.

Date: Fri Jan 19 10:37:17 PST 1996

A "good" Internet terminal would allow me to cheaply wire my children up

to a central home machine (for writing term papers and such).

Date: Fri Jan 19 10:48:33 PST 1996

Most computer illiterate people I know are expressing a want to be

connected to the Internet and would be interested in an "Internet


Date: Fri Jan 19 10:44:03 PST 1996

The Internet Terminal will be the ideal tool for the new breed of Internet

user. But woe to the poor poor souls who will have the unfortunate

minimum-wage paying job of supporting these awful things. The people who

snatch these things up will be the people at the most distant left end of

the cluefulness bell curve. If you think AOL people are clueless, just

wait until the next generation of Internet Box users gets their grubby

little hands on the Net. Backbone routers will need to be reconfigured to

deal with large amounts of incoming Spam. (I hear Cisco is coming out with

one that will filter head cheese and bologna, but they are still working

on one to prevent Spam.)

Date: Fri Jan 19 09:06:28 PST 1996
I am absolutely convinced that the "zero administration client" is the way

of the future for my organization. We currently have 1700 dumb terminals

along with approximately 200 stand alone PC's. The Internet terminal

approach is very likely the path we will take this year if it comes to be

a reality.

Date: Fri Jan 19 09:02:59 PST 1996
I don't see Internet terminals changing much. They'll provide users who

are the `America On-Line' type -- not so technically savvy, but interested

in learning more -- with an easy way to access the Internet. It's this

group of users, in my opinion, who'll drive the market for the Internet

terminal. I've got one in my house -- my wife. She balks at using the

computer, but would love to explore the Internet. Give her something only

marginally more complicated than a TV (she's used Netscape, and can easily

relate to the interface), and I think she'd be on the thing all the time.

I suspect that I'm not alone on this...

Date: Fri Jan 19 09:48:08 PST 1996

I think the idea has a lot of merit. The Internet right now is still not

ready for market acceptance. There needs to be more in terms of "real"

robust consumer services available before the general population will

spend money on this kind of device.

Date: Fri Jan 19 07:10:31 PST 1996

Not everybody wants or needs 2-4K dollars of computing on their desk. Once

the client/server Internet connection become a reality... What do I care

if the application program I like to run is not resident inside my

computing device... If I can get cheap, reliable, and fast access to the

programs, services, information that I want & need, I would not care at

all that my "terminal" was not a PC!. The Internet terminal WILL BE!

Date: Fri Jan 19 07:22:54 PST 1996

Another marketing edge that a "Toaster" would have over PC's is that they

could be very simple and easy to use. Consumers who don't want to have to

deal with a complicated OS and complicated software and TOO MANY choices

might be willing to spend less on a simple-to-use dedicated device which

lets them do the thing that is becoming part of pop culture. "Surfin the


Date: Fri Jan 19 07:45:23 PST 1996

Sun Microsystems has a rare opportunity to combine forces with other

market leaders to bring this idea to fruition. I *highly* recommend Sun

take a serious look at PDA platforms like the Apple Newton.

Date: Fri Jan 19 07:34:14 PST 1996

There's still lots of computer-literate people who don't have computers

at home because they don't need them. For their occasional personal needs

they use their computer at work. Computers are still "too hard" for some

people to deal with. Windows 95 is too hard to configure, even for

intelligent, experienced computer experts (so is Solaris :) I think there

is a market for a real device that works right out of the box, and doesn't

need constant ministering to, and constant upgrades. An Internet "toaster"

that is as easy to use as a television could be attractive to the large

segment of the country that has the money, but hasn't bought a computer

yet, or they bought a 286/386 and found...

Date: Fri Jan 19 04:10:49 PST 1996
Users who waste their money on a Milque Toaster will find it to be an

interesting toy, but find after a few weeks that they should have spent

the money on a real computer.

Date: Fri Jan 19 06:00:05 PST 1996

It reminds me of the CB radio fad of a few years back. Everyone wants

"Internet Access"; but, without a valid reason for it, it will die off

quickly. And the device in question would need to be upgradeable to handle

technologic advances. HTML and VRML will not remain static, but will

continue to become more and more complex (remember how young the WWW is

and how far we've come already). Given that the hype is over a less than

$500 or less than $1000 system (depending on which news sources one

reads), such a device would need to replace television and "Nintendo" to

succeed. Tell me who can produce a fast enough processor...

Date: Fri Jan 19 04:40:01 PST 1996

System using ARM CPU/Modem/downloadable OS/battery-backed memory could

come in extremely cheaply. Given the price point of Psion series 3a, a

terminal is certainly in scope. ARM is cheap to build on and new StrongARM

is Pentium class in performance. DEC are fabbing ARM. Also MIPs R3000

series. Would need a persistent cache. Price point affected by need for

display (use TV???) Not necessary to do this using Java, of course.

Date: Fri Jan 19 04:56:13 PST 1996

Just an old-fashion marking ploy!! -- Desktop system + networking

capabilities are getting cheaper every day -- no one vendor (PC/Mac/Unix) can build the answer to all the world's requirements -- they will try

(why not, it's the American way!!), in the end the low-ball clones will win

out -- you will see some early adopters use this technology only to find

that the technical life cycle of such as device will be short lived!

Date: Fri Jan 19 03:39:57 PST 1996

They are a completely NEW market. They will of course cut into the

existing markets, but they will also expand the use of Internet and indeed

computers in general. When people run out of steam on their I-toaster they

will buy an Internet-capable PC as well. There will also be a niche for

these boxes within businesses, but again, I think that they will expand the

use of online Intranet resources, rather than boot out existing boxes.

Then again, they might just completely flop.

Date: Fri Jan 19 01:44:12 PST 1996

This is a bit like the Mac/X-terminal when they arrived. Some initial

sales, slowly creating a market and then the mainstream takes over. X-

terminals are replaced with PC-X software and the Mac with Windows.

Internet terminals will be replaced with, perhaps, intelligent TV's or

even phones at home. And with PC software at the office. Microsoft Office

will have some MS-specific Web server/client and that is it.

Date: Fri Jan 19 00:45:53 PST 1996

It may become as handy as a telephone or TV, i.e., maybe everybody will

have one in their home. But whether this will mean the end of the PC is a

whole other question which, I believe, only time will tell. It may just

take on a completely different life from the PC.

Date: Thu Jan 18 20:17:27 PST 1996

Price isn't the issue. That's why the word "toaster" is used, not "cheap."

Even if it's the same price as a PC, the notion of never having to

install, configure, and endlessly act as a system administrator for a PC

will attract an entire NEW market of people who just don't want to deal

with PC's. You turn it on, and -- Boom, you're in your browser. Click away.

Automatic upgrades of the OS and browser happen thru the Net. NO software

install, ever. PC geeks will tout the future "plug-and-play" level 999 as

a way to match the ease of use/maintenance of a toaster, but PCs will

never be able to compete as long as they have to deal with legacy hardware

Date: Fri Jan 19 18:44:02 PST 1996

Get it under 1K with the features you discussed and call me. I am a

staunch supporter of your effort.

Date: Fri Jan 19 11:30:52 PST 1996

Probably a rehash of what I've read elsewhere, however ... I reckon that

an "Internet terminal" will spur PC developers, both hardware and software,

into intensive competition that will probably kill the "Internet toaster"

before they really get going but will make cheaper, more connectable PC's

widely available. The big winners will probably be the users and the

suppliers of the server software, Netscape, Microsoft, and the hardware

vendors supplying server hardware, Sun, DEC, HP, IBM, SGI, not forgetting

the network suppliers and phone companies. Losers will probably be anyone

who bets too heavily on the toaster and PC makers...

Date: Fri Jan 19 20:46:45 PST 1996

There may be a place for pure-Java desktop machines (I hate the term "Java

Terminal"), but I doubt that the sub-$1,000 price will be the big winner.

People are willing to pay more for more capability, especially in the

home. People will want large, high-res screens, large disks, etc. This will

drive the price over $1,000. Why all this focus on price when a pure Java

workstation could have significant benefits over PCs and Macs. The big

problem is the chicken-and-egg issue: Where are all the Java applications

that will be needed to drive this market?

Date: Fri Jan 19 13:53:53 PST 1996

People will prefer low-cost clones.

Date: Sat Jan 20 06:56:23 PST 1996

I love the idea and can't wait. I would buy them as perks for my clients

to keep them informed of my company's offerings via the Web.

Date: Fri Jan 19 12:01:54 PST 1996

I think there is a market for the Internet PC. However, the timing when

these products will become popular is unclear due to several factors. I

think the network infrastructure needs to further evolve before we

could have a shift from the PC-centric to Network-centric way of

computing. Even with this shift there will still be a need for PCs and

high-powered workstations. The shift will only open up new markets that

were not previously accessible.

Date: Sun Jan 21 06:10:31 PST 1996

I think that they will become popular in a public access role first rather

than in the home. Libraries and school have been crying out for stable

Internet access devices that don't need the wide-ranging maintenance

skills of the standard PC device. And because the underlying system (Java)

can be made secure, you don't have to worry about having to reconfigure

the machine every time some spotty little kid decides to have hack!

Date: Sun Jan 21 09:33:39 PST 1996

Impossible to build for under $1000. Although PC prices are continually

dropping, prices for the main components that Inet terminals will need to

be successful don't (e.g. RAM, Hi End Video and Sound). Present Telephony

infrastructure would not make it possible to take full advantage of Inet

terminals and people who would opt to buy an Inet terminal instead of

spending a few thousands more to get the real thing definitely would not

invest in ISDN, fiber optic or cable communications.

Date: Sun Jan 21 18:54:11 PST 1996

As services become more sophisticated I believe there will be a niche for

those who do not want the headaches of a PC but want to enjoy the coming

capabilities of the Web. I feel this is especially so when the time comes

that people will be able to play games, interact in a 3D world and

manipulate objects like virtual books, making reservations and so on will

there be a real boom in usage. Until then, no way. To do this it will take

a machine that has more than four megs of RAM and be speedier than what we

have today...

Date: Mon Jan 22 00:51:29 PST 1996

The Internet Toaster is not enough to bring vast customers. The Internet

PDA and organizer is the ultimate Internet Toaster. We will use PDA as

remote control to TV, use pen at PDA and Touch Screen to put data response

to Interactive TV, Access with wireless and wireline to Sun Oracle

database with small LCD terminal. The Internet PDA will put in the pocket

easily. You can see the example as Sharp Touch Screen, and

provide the feature of organizer. Please do it as soon as possible. Don't

stick with 96's Internet Toaster.

Date: Mon Jan 22 01:01:04 PST 1996

Sweet and simple. The idea was long predicted in quality science-fiction,

however the future is not here (damn close, however). We have both heard

and read the arguments for and against, and against seems to make more

sense -- at this time. A used 386 can be purchased for much less than one of

your dumb terminals, and will do much more. However, for $500, would I

like access to a SPARC station? You bet. That's where it's leading, but who

will take us there.? Until ISDN or cable-connects for the Net are common,

it ain't gonna happen. So are you guys pushing the cable companies?

Date: Mon Jan 22 01:13:12 PST 1996

The significantly reduced costs of supporting PC's on the desktop is one

of the clearest reasons why a simplified terminal device will become

popular. Even if it can only be built for the same price as today's PC's,

the whole life cost of ownership would be much lower.

Date: Mon Jan 22 07:38:37 PST 1996

As a research scientist, I see the Internet toaster finally breaking

through the plethora of problems which have limited the growth of

educational software. I have worked with several school districts and I

have a good sense of their motive (rational or irrational) for the limited

use of computers in providing curriculum. First, school districts have

limited budgets and the priorities for spending this money change

annually. Java programming and Internet toasters will provide a cost-

effective solution for allowing EACH individual child with access to the

Internet. In addition, applets will now provide programmers with the

ability to make educational software "dynamic".

Date: Mon Jan 22 08:27:24 PST 1996

Why spend $500+ for an Internet terminal and be limited to being connected

to the Internet to do anything? If I were the consumer, I would look at

what it provided and invest a little more money to get more features (a

PC). Plus, PC vendors are not going to continue to offer the same product

and features as today if the consumer starts to move toward the Internet

terminal. The consumer who will spend the money is not the consumer who

is saying give me a $500 Internet terminal. Everyone I have talked to that

thinks it is a good idea does not need it, and will not buy it.

Date: Mon Jan 22 12:43:06 PST 1996

I think the PC market is saturated for the "base" market; the TOASTER will

address the remaining potential users, with particular emphasis on

educational users. Pricing the downloading of software will be critical to

the success of the TOASTER concept.

Date: Mon Jan 22 15:23:37 PST 1996

I expect that the pace of PC obsolescence will slow, while PC prices will

continue to drop. It seems likely that the PC and Internet terminal

concepts will merge -- the Internet terminal will simply be a cheap PC with

a pre-configured, possibly firmware-based OS geared towards Internet

access. The future of distributed-on-demand applications seems a bit less

certain. As your article points out, billing is a major problem. In

today's phone network, 50% of all resources are devoted to billing. Phone

calls must be delivered on a network, obviously, but a word processor need

not be. Because of this, distributed-on-demand applications start out with

a built-in cost disadvantage ...

Date: Mon Jan 22 16:36:06 PST 1996

I think that the idea is a great one, and even if the price were $1500, it

would still beat the average multimedia Pentium that most people crave.

Date: Tue Jan 23 03:15:05 PST 1996

They are inevitable...

Date: Tue Jan 23 03:42:43 PST 1996

I think the future of Internet terminals lies particularly with ideas like

Netscape Navigator for the Nintendo Ultra-64, at least initially. Games

consoles are going to become Internet aware, and I think this if anything,

is the potential market for an Internet terminal. Anything else which

just proposes to be novel or intriguing, will IMHO suffer somewhat of a

similar fate to the Commodore Amiga-CD32. Also, it is quite naive and

foolish to reckon that Internet Terminals propose such a threat to

Microsoft. For this to happen, whole concepts of personal computing will

have to change. I believe the "thick-client, thick-server" approach may be

the way forward.

Date: Tue Jan 23 11:48:37 PST 1996

Without the ability to download software and store files, IT's won't be

nearly as useful as real, general-purpose internetworked computers.

Date: Tue Jan 23 15:42:46 PST 1996

They are great idea and a very possible concept and companies should

approach its development ASAP coz once ready they will take over the

desktop, especially with Java capabilities.

Date: Tue Jan 23 17:56:26 PST 1996

The Internet terminal can become the central point in a home for

information retrieval and to perform information transactions : personal

email, banking, catalog purchasing, etc. Benefits: As no significant

software resides on the system, the lifespan of the product is

dramatically extended -- people must be getting tired of spending $4000

every three years to replace their aged PC's. (As long as it is no more

expensive than a PC, you only have to buy one!) Requirements: Service

delivery agencies must move to fill the gap with applications servers

which fill customer demands : email, banking , games, video. Bottleneck:

For any graphics intensive app, higher-speed networking ...

Date: Wed Jan 24 08:25:18 PST 1996

When I first read about these things, I thought "Oh man! These things will

change everything!". Now I know a lot more about the Internet-related

computers. It is very HARD to make a computer like this. Especially if the

Internet continues to change like this. The first $1000 price will be

$2000 in the next year, because Java changed its face, therefore you need a little more memory or

something, so the prices will always increase. Just as the normal PC

market right now. It might be a hard time for small computer firms which

are making Internet-related PC's, but the market will return to them.

These Internet terminals don't have a chance.

Date: Wed Jan 24 10:45:52 PST 1996

I just don't see a huge market for that device.

Date: Wed Jan 24 15:17:03 PST 1996
We need a better name. How about the IPT (Internet Personal Terminal) or

Cube (because it's deeper than a box) or CUZ (short for Cousin

IT... Internet Terminal, get it?). Okay, that's a stretch. But Internet

Toaster is silly and Internet terminal is boring (and slightly

inaccurate). Put the marketing wizards on this one today.

Date: Wed Jan 24 15:41:33 PST 1996

With the onslaught of "cable-based" Internet access and the possibility of

the split of the `Net into multiple semi-discreet highways, a low-cost

entry-level (i.e., upgradeable to full-up PC) Internet terminal

would gain ground as the household front-end for those who do not yet

possess PC capability or for those desiring multiple Internet entry points

without the need to purchase a full-up PC/Mac initially. Make it so the TV

replaces the monitor; the keyboard is universal enough to transport to an

independent platform; the whole thing interfaces with current architecture

-- I'll take three!

Date: Wed Jan 24 18:47:31 PST 1996

The Internet toaster will succeed if it is most like a video game console.

Relatively inexpensive, trivial to hook up and operate, somewhat

insensitive to physical abuse. Additionally Internet access will need

similar features, as easy to buy as phone service, and as cheap.

Date: Wed Jan 24 21:21:43 PST 1996

The sub $1,000 price is probably too high to be really successful in the

home market. I would expect at $500 or less it will see more users from

home and schools. I see schools, K-12, being a big users in a teaching

mode (because they can more easily afford it). Bottom line, is the Internet

device must be much cheaper than a PC, and, be a plug-in-and-go device.

Date: Thu Jan 25 01:28:32 PST 1996

Where is the beef? Most people have PC at home. Whey they need buy another

box just for browser. I will buy Windows-based solution.

Date: Thu Jan 25 11:41:06 PST 1996

If the Internet is really going to take hold, a low-priced box will surely

be required. I don't see this as an attempt to try to hurt anyone

(manufacturers of hardware or software) but a smart attempt to fill a

niche that presently isn't being filled. HOW CAN I GET A COPY OF THE JAVA


(Go to, the Java home page, you'll be able to get it from that starting point. Editors.)

Date: Thu Jan 25 13:47:02 PST 1996

Why bring back the dumb terminal? Internet terminals may be useful in a

library setting. But that's about it. Chairman Lou should give up on trying

to be a prophet. Why doesn't the computer industry spend its time on

redesigning the PC?

Date: Thu Jan 25 14:21:11 PST 1996

Having been in this business for more than a decade, having marched

through the ranks of Inteldom, Commodore-AmigaDom, and Apple Macintosh-ington, I state with utter confidence that the Internet terminal will

never, ever replace local computer-dom.. :) Picture this... MIT abandons its

personal computer stations for dumb Internet terminals... a lightening

strike takes out the main communications trunk, and you suddenly have

a few hundred non-operational and truly "dumb" terminals sitting there

that no one can use... can you picture it? I can't.

Date: Thu Jan 25 14:44:24 PST 1996

Considering how long applet downloads take over 28K and even 64K links,

I think you'll need a multi-link ISDN (256K), cable-modem or DSS link to

make them attractive. I could see a combo DSS settop/WebTerminal as you

have the fast digital downlink, phone uplink and display generator already

in place. You also have SVHS output which is a bit more reasonable than

broadcast TV output. I can see it built under $500 if you use TV as

display and include a fast downlink. If you include a display and local

storage to allow use of slower downlink (i.e 28Kb modem) then you approach


Date: Fri Jan 26 12:56:41 PST 1996

You have failed to ask the big question: "What is the biggest restraining

factor in the emergence of Net Toasters today?" My opinion is that Net

Toasters will not be viable until available bandwidth is improved

radically not just on the backbones but to the home. I think the

chip and systems manufacturers will come out OK, but traditional software

houses and cloners may lose out as they will likely try to stake out their

traditional turf and may lose to the nimbler players.

Date: Sat Jan 27 04:49:10 PST 1996

They must be as cheap as possible, say less than $500.

Date: Sat Jan 27 06:54:08 PST 1996

With all the focus on Internet access and home use, there seems to be a

tendency to forget companies and their need to bring down the cost of

computing which has risen dramatically -- not least because of difficult-to- manage PC technology. Intranets and Web browser access to corporate

server-based applications is certainly very interesting.

Date: Sat Jan 27 21:01:10 PST 1996
A competitive terminal should cost about $US 500

Date: Sun Jan 28 07:26:19 PST 1996

Let's get them on the market now! It's the only way we will get the superhighway kicked off!.

Date: Mon Jan 29 06:50:32 PST 1996

The key issue for Internet terminals will be their PORTABILITY. If we are

going to use the Internet for many of our everyday activities, then we

need to make them pocket sized.

Date: Mon Jan 29 10:01:43 PST 1996

The very degree of the controversy suggests that the event is daunting.

While those of you in the industry are no strangers to radical changes-

this one may go beyond as it appears to be a change of major magnitude. As

a mere hacker, it appears to me that this item would open an enormous as-yet- untapped market of people who for whatever reason -- be it financial or

otherwise -- have not yet nibbled into the most exciting happening in eons.

This in turn would open some of their doors to later "upgrading" to more

complete machines (going from a model T to a Chevy, Avalon or Caddy).

Would some people go from an Apple 660 to one of these? -- perhaps...

Date: Mon Jan 29 11:34:22 PST 1996

The main problem with the `Internet terminal' idea is that it contradicts

the very idea of PC replacement. Most folks, in my experience, use home PC's

for two reasons: games, and reproduction of the work environ. Internet

terminals fulfill neither category. HOWEVER, if properly designed, a cheap

alternative PC could become popular as a downloading station for the home.

Sort of a set-top box with storage and local execution. It could have a

flash-ROM OS, and 8-16 megs memory. Use (hopefully, as we are talking

future) HDTV (NTSC is SO bad for multimedia) or a custom monitor, and

still be a game machine, Internet browser, and reproduce the work arena (it

could even be the SAME as that of work) all for...

Date: Mon Jan 29 17:34:56 PST 1996
How would the proposed Internet terminals be hardware upgradeable? Not

practical in general unless someone wants to have their kids webbing on a

machine other than the main home computer. Unless you make the terminal

play some sort of video games (like Sega CD/carts, etc.) I don't think

most people would buy a dedicated Web term.

Date: Mon Jan 29 18:31:49 PST 1996

I think a Internet toaster can be very successful if you add expandability

with it, upgradeable. It can be done 90 days or less if there are enough

applets developed to date to use. It's a must for word processing and

spreadsheeting with Java applets to make the TOASTER a "must" consumer


Date: Mon Jan 29 22:21:00 PST 1996
I think it'll be great if I.C can satisfy Internet-mania over the world

not only with price but quality.

Date: Tue Jan 30 15:39:56 PST 1996

My wife would probably use an Internet terminal, she does not use any

computer except a Macintosh at work. She does not use our Intel-compatible

computer at home.

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