What's better than paying £400 ($615) for a laptop from a place that
won't tell you
isn't very forthcoming about what's inside it? Paying that much for a laptop that then comes with a £9.99 ($15) monthly fee just to use the thing. It's the Alex from BCC, the Broadband Computer Company (not to be confused by the Alex from Spring Design
, or Alex Bushill from the BBC), a somewhat chunky looking laptop loaded with some custom layer over Linux promising an always updated, always ready, and incredibly easy to use experience. It also has a round mousepad that says "Alex" on it. The machine should be secure, shipping with a USB thumb drive that must be plugged in for it to work -- something we're guessing most people will never bother to unplug. There's online file storage and a UI full of pretty colors, but we're having a bit of a hard time with that cost. That said, if you're the perpetually on-call tech support person in your family it might be a small price to pay for some peace and quiet.
: TheLostSwede dug through the Alex site and found a spec sheet
. We're talking 1.6GHz worth of Intel T1600 Celeron power, 1GB of memory, a 15.4-inch display driven by integrated graphics, 120GB of storage, and a DVD/RW drive. Hot stuff, readers. Hot stuff.