Re: Unicode and the digital divide.

From: John H. Jenkins (
Date: Fri May 31 2002 - 18:17:01 EDT

On Friday, May 31, 2002, at 02:38 PM, Kenneth Whistler wrote:

> The issue is *NOT* hardware. Take a look at The
> very, very, bottom-end system, a "Dimension 2200" desktop, comes these
> days with a 1.3GHz Intel Celeron chip, oodles of multimegabytes of SDRAM,
> a 20- to 40GB hard drive, a 4MB of video memory. That machine, which can
> jump circles around even a top-of-the-line PC of just a few years ago,
> is listed at a base price of $669. These machines are now approaching
> supercomputer capabilities, at Radio Shack everyday consumer electronics
> prices. And if you can't afford one yourself, you can rent access to
> one.
> The issue is *NOT* the OS. All Dell PC's come pre-loaded with MS Windows
> XP right now. And guess what -- all that Unicode functionality is packed
> right under the hood in XP, waiting to go.

And for the record, for slightly more you can get a low-end iMac with Mac
OS X—again, a Unicode-capable OS.

John H. Jenkins

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