Is It Time For The `Info Appliance'?

Tiny Diba is gambling on cheap, single-purpose computers

Each year, the personal computer gets more and more pumped up with power and features--they'll sort your messages, jazz up your presentations, play CDs, design a minivan, surf the Internet. The only thing the machines can't do, it seems, is make coffee. So what's next? A new class of computers that stand the can-do-all notion on its head--and are as easy to use as a coffeemaker.

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