Ogo & New Deal thread

Christopher Paradies (paradies@epfl.ch)
Fri, 30 May 1997 15:03:27 +0200

Hi All,

Well, I have read with amusement the thread about keeping the OGO 120
around. I have mine, and I won't part with it. I like the dos text mode
compatibility, the simple GEOS user interface and the free and shareware
out there that make it really useful.

It has some advantages: long battery life, low cost, ease of use, PC Card
slot for more memory and modem, connectivity to email (Compuserve and

It has some disadvantages: a bit slow, no external power, no backlit
screen, limited RAM, too small screen, difficult programming tools and
limited commercial software.

I think that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Furthermore, long
battery life would be reduced with back lighting and a faster processor,
price would increase with a larger screen, more RAM, an external power
supply adapter and faster processor. These are trade-offs.

Many have responded saying that they support keeping the OGO120 around, but
want one or more of the trade-offs upgraded. They have been. HP is rolling
out a more expensive Windows CE machine that will have all of these
upgrades at a higher cost and less battery life. This leaves little room
for the OGO120 to find a market niche. About the only way to keep it would
be to drop the price with the same feature set, but better software
support. I don't know if it would be possible to sell it for $150 - 175,
but that might give it a share of the market for new users and kids (with a
lot better games and some classroom software). Maybe fast, cheap SRAM cards
with nifty games (Lost World game or something) that could be recharged
with new games for $30 a pop could make the thing a money maker for
somebody. But if you increase the cost, it just won't make it.

That's what I think anyway.

Christopher Paradies, Ph.D.
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