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Introduced in 2000, this was one of the first Linux-based machines dedicated to Web access only. It had no disk drives, and files were stored on the Internet. (Image courtesy of The New Internet Computer Company)
One of the first e-mail only devices, the Postbox Express provided instant on e-mail in a seven-ounce device that fit in your pocket. It plugged into a standard telephone jack. (Image courtesy of VTech Communications, www.vtech.com)
Access stock quotes, e-mail and other Internet information by dialing up your cellphone. Many expect that the smartphone will be the most ubiquitous Internet appliance. (Image courtesy of Motorola, Inc.)
A Bizarre Internet Appliance In the spring of 2003, the U.K. division of Microsoft announced to an astonished world the "iLoo," a portable toilet with a wireless keyboard and access to the MSN network. In England, street-side public restrooms are typically a whole lot cleaner than those in the U.S.; that is, "if" you can find one. But, who on earth would want to touch a keyboard in such a venue considering the job of its occupants? In addition, there were rumors about printing Web advertising on the toilet paper. Quickly shelved after the announcement was made, most everyone hearing it thought Microsoft had lost its senses. Some swear this was just a prank to call attention to the local MSN service. By the way, "loo" is British for "toilet."
This is an artist's rendering of Microsoft's picture of the iLoo, which was printed in various newspapers at that time.
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