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New Internet Computer Company Releases NIC 2.0

New release makes connecting the device to the Internet easier.

  • March 16, 2001
  • By Michael Hall
Oracle spin-off New Internet Computer Company (NICC) has released version 2.0 of the operating system for its NIC: a Linux-based Internet appliance. According to the company, the enhancements are centered around streamlining the device's usability and improving the ease with which the device can connect to various broad-band and dialup ISP's.

This newest version of the OS is available as a free upgrade on CD to current NIC users.

NICC shaves some of the costs of the device by using no hard drive. User preferences and bookmarks are saved in flash RAM and the OS itself is loaded from CD ROM. Since the product's initial release, Linux enthusiasts have managed to create their own boot CD's to add to the functionality already provided by the device or to simply use them as diskless X workstations.

The basic NIC specifications include:

  • VIA Cyrix MII PR266 processor
  • 64MB RAM
  • 4MB EEPROM
  • 24X CD-ROM Drive
  • 56K Modem
  • 10/100 base T Ethernet
  • 2 USB Ports
  • Keyboard & Mouse
  • Speakers

The base unit costs $199.99. Additional bundles are available that provide either a 15" SVGA monitor for a total of $319.98 or a 12.1" flat screen active matrix LCD display for a total of $664.98.

In a press release, the company provided a long list of enhancements to the newest OS:

  • Graphical boot-up
  • Netscape 4.76 web browser
  • Upgraded plug-ins for the browser
    • Macromedia Flash 5.0
    • RealPlayer 8.0
  • More intuitive setup interface
  • Easier setup for LANs, DSL and Cable Modems
  • Improved performance and reliability for modem connectivity
  • Quick-link buttons and icons to preferred sites and web partners such as Amazon and NBCi
  • Support for TrueType fonts
  • Extensive Help Center with screenshots and tips
  • Ability to set a default homepage
  • Improved USB printer support (many more models)
  • Sleep mode
  • Citrix Version 6
  • Instant messaging
  • MP3 player enhancements
  • More games
  • NETWORD web-searching
In an interview, company spokesman Michael Salort said most users won't see the changes made as particularly dramatic, but said new computer users will find the device "much more accomodating."
Information

Product
New Internet Computer (NIC) 2.0

Manufacturer
New Internet Computer Company

Availability
Now

Price
$199.99-$664.98


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