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Subject: sve: whitebox
From: Jan Swijsen
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2004 13:14:05 +0200

<quote>The first kink in the armor, however, may be
the line of white-box laptops by Asus </quote>

Umm, I don’t think they were first.

I bought my first notebook somewhere in 1996. A Mitac
(AMD486/100) but there was no Mitac label (other than the
serial-number sticker) on the box. There was no real manual
either, just a stapled stack of leaves with the pictures each
on a separate leave.

At the time Mitac produced lots of notebooks on order for
relative[ly] small brands, lots of small desktop firms were
branching out into notebooks. The notebook had a few cutouts
in the plastic caseing where the companies could fix brand
name labels to it.

The advantage was that I could easily and relative[ly]
cheaply upgrade the standard memory (from the 1MB to 4MB)
without using the single expansion slot (which took another
16MB later). I also upgraded the disk from a standard 120MB
to a generous 800MB (now there is a 2GB disk installed).

I admit that those Mitacs were not directly available to
the public, I got mine from a reseller (low price but no

— Kind regards,
Sjon Svenson

Date: Thu, 08 Jul 2004 06:37:11 -1000
From: Dan Seto
To: Jan Swijsen

I guess what they are saying is you can buy the case
without memory, hard drive, or CPU. This is not the same as
being able to increase memory or switch the hard drive.
Whether you save any money doing it this way I don’t know,
but at least you control what goes in – not the



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