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Zonbu (Zero Emissions PC) On Sale Now


Finally, after all the talk and cheepest cialis speculation, the world has its first zero-emissions personal computer. We've been blogging about it for a while now, and I think it's safe to say that the Zonbu really is a fantastic idea. The machine runs on a Linux platform and contains no moving parts (not even a fan.) A four gig flash card is its only on-board memory.

But still, the 1.2 gigahertz processor and 512 meg of RAM are plenty to let this machine do everything you need to do. It can play music, movies, check email, and comes with the www.chemistswithoutborders.org Open Office Suite. Really, 90% of users don't need anything more than this, and it consumes six times less power than a standard light bulb. Plus, it's the cheapest new PC I've ever seen, at $250 dollars.

Of course, there's a catch. In order to have any considerable storage space at all,  you have to subscribe to levitra side effects when will viagra be available as a generic the Zonbox service. This service provides you with free, seamless software and firmware updates, up to 100 gigs of storage space, and carbon offsets for your Zonbu usage. If you pay for two years in advance, the price of the unit goes down to $99. The cheapest plan (for 25 gigs of storage) is $12.95. But if you're switching from an older PC, you could literally save that much off your utility bill.

Handing over things like storage and maintenance to a remote location is useful for several reasons. First, you don't have to worry about hard drive crashes and data loss. Second, by consolidating information in data centers, information can be stored more cheaply and efficiently. The result is a computing experience that is simpler and canadian pharmacy viagra cheaper for the user, and more sensitive to the environment.

Oh, and if you need one more reason, the look of the Zonbu is also completely customizable. Choose from one of a twenty skins, or upload and choose your own!

The only thing that remains to be seen: will anyone be willing to pay a subscription for their computer the same way they pay a subscription for their cell phones. Only time will tell.

Videos of the Zonbu in action after the jump

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Can the Zonbu replace your desktop?
written by Mr Zonbu, August 01, 2007
I was fascinated with the Zonbu and the viagra original use potential power savings. The question is, is it really a viable replacement for your desktop?

I wanted to find out so I ordered one and I'm blogging about my first 30 days using it to replace XP. So far it is buying viagra in usa performing surprisingly well.

You can read about my experiences here:

http://mrzonbu.wordpress.com

-Mr. Zonbu
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written by rob, August 02, 2007
This looks very interesting, but it is very expensive, considering the subscription is compulsory.
Also, I'm not convinced that having no hard drive and uploading (and downloading) your files is energy efficient. You are introducing a lot of cialis online pharmacy extra steps and still have to store the data on a HD, albeit a very large one.
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written by Tobias, August 02, 2007
You can hook up your iPod? (not that I have one, I'm very happy with my Zunr). That means they got itunes running on linux. I didn't know that was possible (without Wine that is).

And I take it it has some usb-ports. So can't you hook up an (green) external hard drive?
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Six
written by Hank, August 02, 2007
Six USB ports...and I don't know enough about iPods to say whether they can work without iTunes. If they can't that seems fairly lame...
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Their loss is my loss?
written by IT hacker, August 03, 2007
Handing over things like storage and maintenance to a remote location is useful for several reasons. First, you don't have to worry about hard drive crashes and data loss.


Bad Karma! Will Zonbu guarantee they won't loose my data? Will they cover me for my losses if they do?
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is it really green ?
written by Olivier Demaegdt, August 07, 2007
I am not convinced by the green specifications.
Ok it has a low conssumsion but how come we call it zero emission ?
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Cool
written by Jack Donaghy, August 19, 2007
That's a pretty cool idea, may think about one of these as my next desktop although I would probably wait til they bring out a Zonbu 2.0

'Ok it has a low conssumsion but how come we call it zero emission ?'
The subscription you can choose to pay offsets the carbon.

'You can hook up your iPod? (not that I have one, I'm very happy with my Zunr). That means they got itunes running on linux. I didn't know that was possible (without Wine that is). '
They didn't get iTunes running on Linux I don't think, from the video it looks like they're just using something like Amarok, which is like iTunes, except because of Apple's DRM it won't play any songs purchased from the iTunes Store.
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iPod on www.syncom.nl Linux
written by Michael, September 10, 2007
iTunes isn't the best player in the world, so the best generic cialis 5mg prices biggest concern for most iPod user with regards to Linux is whether they will be able to use the iTunes Store. There are now alternative applications to the best site cialis usa iTunes for iTunes Sotre commerce. Many of the linux media players work fine with iPods (GNOME's Listen is a great one). the following link details the installation of SharpMusique (a GTK iTunes Music Store app) on an old version of Ubuntu (a flavor of Linux) http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=79231
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A Green PC
written by Steven, September 29, 2007
I heard about this via an insider...a green pc that is powered by solar panels and REC's....plus it uses 6 watts of power and levitra sales uk replaces your home PC, work PC and laptop...you just have one PC desktop, the same desktop for all three. And from what it hear it runs windows or linux. From what I hear its better then zonbu, linutop, and the others. You can check the web site for more info when it comes about at http://www.agreenpc.com
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Best online shopping
written by Ogen garnet, February 20, 2008
How wonderful it is....
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piece of junk
written by Bob, December 30, 2009
I bought a Zonbu computer a year ago. It is a piece of crap. It never has worked. I had a number of www.pneumapaniagua.es computer knowledgeable people try to get it to work. No one could. I finally contacted Zonbu.... their response..... despite the fact they can look at their accounts and see that it has never been activated, they say too bad, it is out of the warranty period. Nothing we can do.

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