I like to complain alot. It's a bad habit. One of the things I used to complain about the most was my Dell Latitude. I got it the summer before freshman year and instantly had problems with it. The $2,000 price tag got me a dead battery, a dated Microsoft Office, horrible sound quality, a shaky hard drive that crashed four times, and days of my life wasted on the phone with a distant customer service operator. Three years and an HP Pavilion later, I can finally say I am a happy laptop owner. Now I have other things to complain about, like the ridiculous price of movie tickets and my inability to save money.
That being said, a company in India is on its way to producing something that seems virtually uncomplainable: a laptop that costs less than the price of a movie ticket.
That's correct, the natively titled Sakshat (meaning "before your eyes") computer is one step from fruition, as designers are currently looking for a manufacturer. At this point in time, specs are few and far between, although the laptop will supposedly feature Wi-Fi capabilities and 2GB RAM. Funded by the Indian government, scientists have tagged the production of one Sakshat at a mere $20, with costs expected to be half that as production develops. Such a price drop seems likely based on the consistency of Moore's Law in the digital industry, which essentially states that performance to price doubles every 18 months (i.e. a computer that costs $1000 today will cost $500 in a year and a half). Microsoft is not expected to show its Windows face on the Sakshat however, because the inclusion of XP would add a cost of at least $50 per system, a steep price when compared to the open source Linux. Perhaps Windows is on its way out after all.