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$150 Linux Laptop for the Masses 434

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Xemu writes "Inspired by Negroponte's laptop for children, the Swedish company Medison is now taking orders for their US$150 Linux laptop, the Medison Celebrity. The laptop is a 1.5 GHz Celeron M 370 with 14 inch screen, wireless network and it comes with Fedora Red Hat pre-installed." Update 2035 GMT by SM: As many readers have pointed out, the more you dig into the details of this company the more fishy it starts to seem. I would suggest any potential buyers be wary on this one.
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$150 Linux Laptop for the Masses

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  • by spiritraveller (641174) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:17PM (#19984631)
    That's nothing special.

    On my laptop, I am running Fedora Red Hat CentOS.
  • Sure... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Shadow Wrought (586631) * <shadow.wroughtNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:18PM (#19984651) Homepage Journal
    But will it run Li- Oh. Right. Never mind.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:23PM (#19984731)
      At least you didn't say "But does it run Windows?". You'd never get out of this forum alive.
    • by mazanoid (1114617) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @04:05PM (#19987705)
      Registration Service Provided By: Surftown Domains
      Contact: dns@surf-town.net
      Visit: http://www.support.surftown.com/ [surftown.com]
      Of course if you're too lazy, I've already pulled one up.
      The three key points:
      1) Domain name registered in april 07, for a term of ONE YEAR, how many hardware companies do you know who put up a domain for 1 year? Obviously only the companies that don't expect to be in business for a second year.
      2) The contacts are at hotmail. Okay, that's not good. Usually a hardware company would register itself with a DBA company name instead of a "Valdi Ivancic valdi_ivancic@hotmail.com", leaving
      human name contacts for administrative and technical contacts.
      3) The site hoster.... Surf-net charges .99# / year....with low setup fee, smells fishy....someone's going the cheap route about their corporate site.
      4) company can't afford a fax? Interesting.
      at least the scammer hasn't used anonymity services during registration.

      My two trollish cents.

      Domain name: medisoncelebrity.com

      Registrant Contact:

            Valdi Ivancic (valdi_ivancic@hotmail.com)
            +46.707572858
            Fax:
            Lundenvagen 24
            Huskvarna, 561 34
            SE

      Administrative Contact:

            Valdi Ivancic (valdi_ivancic@hotmail.com)
            +46.707572858
            Fax:
            Lundenvagen 24
            Huskvarna, 561 34
            SE

      Technical Contact:
            Surftown A/S
            DNS Administrator (dns@surf-town.net)
            +45.70200776
            Fax: +45.70200776
            Lautrupsgade 9, 1
            KÿFFFFF8benhavn ÿFFFFD8, 2100
            DK

      Status: Active

      Name Servers:
            ns1.surf-town.net
            ns2.surf-town.net
            ns3.surf-town.net

      Creation date: 11 Apr 2007 19:04:10
      Expiration date: 11 Apr 2008 19:04:10
      • by nnm.one (1103799) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @09:01PM (#19990671)
        Organisationsnr: Företagsnamn(firma): Företagsform: Firmatyp: Län: Status:
        19 700326-2016 1 Medison Consulting E Firma 10
        556525-1096 Medison Data AB AB Firma 10 Konkurs avslutad
        916575-3832 MEDISON Handelsbolag HB Firma 04 Avregistrerad
        969622-6852 Medison Handelsbolag HB Firma 06 Avregistrerad
        969627-7657 Medison Inlärning Handelsbolag HB Firma 06 Avregistrerad
        969628-2749 Medison Media Handelsbolag HB Firma 06 Avregistrerad

        -----------------

        Let me translate that:

        Organisation Number: Company Name(firma): Företagsform: Firmatyp: State: Status:
        19 700326-2016 1 Medison Consulting E Firma 10
        556525-1096 Medison Data AB AB Firma 10 Bankrupt
        916575-3832 MEDISON Handelsbolag HB Firma 04 De-registered
        969622-6852 Medison Handelsbolag HB Firma 06 De-registered
        969627-7657 Medison Inlärning Handelsbolag HB Firma 06 De-registered
        969628-2749 Medison Media Handelsbolag HB Firma 06 De-registered
        --
        https://snr3.bolagsverket.se/snrgate/default.jsp [bolagsverket.se]
        (Search for 'medison')
        --

        http://www.mufjonkoping.se/medisonVSclevo.JPG [mufjonkoping.se]

        Pictures stolen from a company named "Clevo" that is based in Taiwan. Yet they claim that they are assembled in Brazil and that they
        will continue to do that until they have their manufactoring facility ready there.

        --

        It's a scam, nothing more to see here, move along now.

        P.S
        Their demand that they are/will be getting (as pointed out by a member of some other forum) will surpass the ones on Apples MacBooks, it is highly unlikely that this company from out of nowhere will be able to supply.
  • by middlemen (765373) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:19PM (#19984663) Homepage
    Among all available distributions, the company has installed Fedora, which by default does not come with installations of mplayer and other music software and libraries. This is a truly educational laptop where children will have to learn to use Linux and install software just to reach the end goal of watching porn. Finally, someone is not thinking of but thinking for the children.
    • livna, of course. (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      I use fedora/livna. The media apps are in livna, but it is seamless.

      When I upgraded from FC4 to FC5 to FC6 to FC7, the drill is:

      rpm -U fedora-release*rpm livna-release*rpm
      yum update

      Fedora/Livna is often more current than Ubuntu.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Fedora Red Hat

    Oh that's too cute! Is that a new Linux distro or something?

    I use "OpenSolaris Sun" on my laptop.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    $150 Linux Laptop for the Masses
    Should read $150 Linux Laptop for the Linux users who can't load Linux on a laptop
    • Should read $150 Linux Laptop for the Linux users who can't load Linux on a laptop


      Uh, really? That suggests that there are better $150 laptops on the market for Linux users that can load Linux on a laptop.
  • Medison? (Score:3, Funny)

    by ciaohound (118419) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:23PM (#19984733)
    That's tough to swallow.
  • by WrongMonkey (1027334) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:27PM (#19984791)
    It's a neat looking laptop, but info on the website is pretty scarce. For instance, what kind of battery life can I expect? Is it as upgradeable as normal laptop (eg. HDD and RAM)?
    • by metlin (258108) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:32PM (#19984853) Journal
      Quite obviously, you read the website [medisoncelebrity.com], didn't you?

      Q: Do you have other products or can I add more memory to this laptop?

      A: Yes, we have other models coming up next month and if you want to expand with more memory on your laptop you can go to our 'Accessories' page and buy extra memory.
    • by 8282now (583198)
      Actually, it does specify that the HDD is replaceable explicitly. The ram is spec'd as 256 MB upgradeable to 1G. But, then IRTFS.... ;)

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by fifedrum (611338)
      I'm having a hard time believing it's a real product, just seems to good to be true

      summary: seems like a decent box, upgrade ram to 1 gb and you got a deal. pricewatch says the 200 pin sodimm is going for $80ish

      begin copy/paste from their specs page:

      * CPU - Intel® Celeron® M Processor 370 (1.5 GHz, 90nm, FSB400, 1 MB L2 cache, uPGA478)
      * DISPLAY - 14.0" WXGA (1280x768) TFT
      * HARD DRIVE - 40 GB
    • The specs say it can support up to 1GB of RAM. That's enough for most people, but some people will find it limiting. (It comes with 256MB, so you'll need to spend some cash to make it more useful.)

      Shouldn't be any reason there's a problem with upgrading disks. I don't know if there's any antique 137-GB limitation in the BIOS - if there is, then you might be limited to 120GB.

      1 PCMCIA slot, 3 USB, built-in 802.11g, S/PDIF sound. Because it's 802.11g, you won't need to burn the PCMCIA slot immediately for

      • by edwdig (47888)
        The specs say it can support up to 1GB of RAM. That's enough for most people, but some people will find it limiting.

        If you need more than 1 GB of RAM, I would think you would be looking at a laptop that cost more than $150.
      • Wireless is on a cPIC card, so when 11n comes out just replace the card and you still have an open PCcard slot.
        at $150 this is a steal of a notebook, it's almost at the disposable price point. Assuming it is your "go anywhere" book and you have a primary system that you back up to, then just run an encrypting FS and if you lose it or break it, then who cares.
        -nB
  • It may be fraud (Score:5, Interesting)

    by amorsen (7485) <benny+slashdot@amorsen.dk> on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:29PM (#19984813)
    There is a lot of speculation currently about whether this is fraud. They may be intending to run away with the money and not send out any laptops.
    • Re:It may be fraud (Score:5, Interesting)

      by WrongMonkey (1027334) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:32PM (#19984855)
      Now that you mention it, one thing that should set off the fraud alarm is the 4-6 weeks delivery time. That's a eon in terms of modern service, but a long enough time to collect a lot of orders before anyone expects to receive their product.
      • by sumdumass (711423)
        4-6 weeks is probably the time they will need to order and assemble the parts. It sounds to me like they are going to skip buying these until you buy them first then customize them to your order.
        • If this is the case, then they have some terrible supply chain problems. That kind of turn around time has been unacceptable for decades. At the very least, they should be able to overtime order the parts each day and ship out the laptops in 48 hrs or less.
          • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

            by sumdumass (711423)
            Sure, in an ideal world. My understanding is that these are going to be made and shipped from Brazil, Maybe they aren't current in their abilities? Any ways, I ordered some parts for a motorcycle that took three weeks to get in. I wrote letters of disappointment ot everyone involved and it turns out, the supplier I ordered from (a licensed deal for the brand) held the order until they got a certain amount because they didn't have to pay for shipping. I have had situations where I could get parts cheaper is
            • Re:It may be fraud (Score:4, Informative)

              by alexgieg (948359) <alexgieg@gmail.com> on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @02:18PM (#19986351) Homepage

              Sure, in an ideal world. My understanding is that these are going to be made and shipped from Brazil, Maybe they aren't current in their abilities?
              I'm not sure whether this is generalized or not, but I live in Brazil and work at a small company that resells data acquisition and process control systems imported from USA and Europe to other Brazilian companies, and these delivery times are pretty standard for us. Now, admittedly we don't sell directly to end users (prices for these systems are too high), only to other companies, but it's really common for we to take up to 90 days to deliver a system. And the reason is simple: we rarely maintain goods in stock, only importing what has already been purchased (and paid) by our customers, and as such, to minimize shipping costs we must include in a single shipment as many purchase orders as possible.

              Is perfectly possible that this company is scamming, yes. However, as you pointed out, if they aren't scammers, there are in fact good reasons for them to have these long delivery times. Not all countries, much less all companies, meet the conditions required for almost instantaneous delivery times as are common in USA nowadays.

              Simply put, it's not that such delivery times are "a thing of the past", as many other posts say. It's more that the USA are years ahead of everyone else in this regards.
              • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

                by master0ne (655374)
                and also when cost is considerd, most products with lightning fast delivery times are high dollar or high volume items... a laptop generally is high dollar, in this case its neither.... it would be impossible to sell this laptop at this cost if they had to pay for blazing fast shipping in (for the parts) and then back out to the customer, it would undoubtly raise the cost significantly.... now my only remaning question is who works in their assembly plant? orphens and widows? at these prices id be weary of
        • 4-6 weeks is probably the time they will need to order and assemble the parts.


          Or maybe just the time it takes to get them on the slow boat from the Brazil plant to Sweden to you.
          • 4-6 weeks is probably the time they will need to order and assemble the parts.
            Or maybe just the time it takes to get them on the slow boat from the Brazil plant to Sweden to you.

            Or maybe just the time it takes for the perps to get from Sweden to Brazil on the cheap boat (along with your money).

      • Re:It may be fraud (Score:5, Insightful)

        by theelectron (973857) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:48PM (#19985085)
        I like how on the order page, the verified by Visa and Mastercard mastercode logos (which should have links from them to verify their authenticity) are just pictures on the site. Very fishy indeed.
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by orkysoft (93727)

          The Visa and Mastercard logos and popup windows are fake. I'm not sure I should post the details on how they are fake, because the scammers might be reading this too, and I don't want to explain to them the weaknesses of their website.

          Unless they send me one of those laptops (1 gig please, kthx) ;-)

      • No phone number! (Score:5, Insightful)

        by ipjohnson (580042) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:52PM (#19985147)
        To quote the website "The phone lines are temporarly closed" all they give is an email address. You can't even call to complain if you don't get it.

        If they are legit they are working really hard to seem like a scam.
      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by hendridm (302246)
        Plus, they are using 2checkout to process credit cards, which I would consider odd for a decent size company supposedly selling revolutionary laptops. It's pretty obviously a scam, but they got our attention!
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by MontyApollo (849862)
      Fraud was my first thought, especially with their pay method. The configuration is similar to a Dell I bought 5 years ago for $1600.
      • My ISP uses 2CO and when they went belly up (I can only assume, given my inability to reach *anyone* at the ISP) I was pleasantly surprised at the customer service from the 2CO guys and how easy it was to get a chargeback to go through.
        They tried contacting the ISP, and when nothing happened they issued the refund. Total time from realizing something was wrong to getting a refund, 1 week, and most of that was spent giving the ISP every possible chance to respond.
        -nB
    • Re:It may be fraud (Score:5, Informative)

      by albalbo (33890) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:47PM (#19985073) Homepage
      The content is a complete rip-off of:

      http://www.clevo.com.tw/products/M540V.asp [clevo.com.tw]

      They say that they manufacture in Sweden, but that's a Taiwanese firm. Definitely stinky, and I wouldn't buy one.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Yeah, this is way too good to be true, it's never going to happen.

      Links from Engadget that people posted:
      http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/02f0dac25c029c53 8688518e70982ba3/compdetails [companieshouse.gov.uk]
      http://www.ukdata.com/company-credit-reports/NORDI C-MULTIMEDIA-DISTRIBUTION-LIMITED.html [ukdata.com]
      http://www.companiesgate.co.uk/KEN-ERIK+LIMITED.as px [companiesgate.co.uk]
      http://www.companiesgate.co.uk/HG+SHIPREPAIR+LIMIT ED.aspx [companiesgate.co.uk]

      Check the address of the companies in question. Is there any doubt that this is a scam? Nope.
    • by jointm1k (591234) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @01:25PM (#19985653)

      There is a lot of speculation currently about whether this is fraud. They may be intending to run away with the money and not send out any laptops.

      I doubt this is a fraud. They accept credit cards, like Visa.

  • Looks like a picture of an HP notebook.
  • Smells fishy... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Da_Biz (267075) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:31PM (#19984833)
    See comments from Engadget:
    http://www.engadget.com/2007/07/25/medison-celebri ty-150-of-linux-laptop-for-the-people [engadget.com]

    This one looks particularly concerning:

    Johan Löfgren @ Jul 25th 2007 12:02PM

    Hello fellas. I came across this site, when searching for information about this computer. With that pricetag, it would be a brilliant surf & chat computer for me.

    I'm a swedish student, and I found an article in a larger web-newspaper in sweden and was amazed..

    Sadly though, when reading comments all over, at swedish sites, this thing starts to smell very very rotten..

    The speculation is about this beeing a scam, in the same way that you've mentioned above.

    There's bankrupcy issues, lies at the homepage, weird and incomplete messages from the people behind this "madison" company. The screenshots of the computer, has been found at other manufacturers. Companies, that Madison claim to work with, hasn't heard of the connection..

    The things above, has been discovered by many people, at different swedish sites. Even more than that.

    The 4-6 week delivery time, sounds perfect to grab as much cash as possible and run.

    No-one can find anyone with an example of this computer. People doesn't believe this thing even exist.

    I recommend all of you, to wait and see how everything turns out here in sweden, before you buy this. As most swedes do right now.. Wait and see if the first computers arrive at all.

    I hope that this isn't a scam. I'd love to buy one. I'd love if the promised "future generation" will arrive.

    But this thing doesn't feel safe.

    Cincearly
    -Johan Löfgren. Orebro, Sweden
    • Re:Smells fishy... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by LWATCDR (28044) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:38PM (#19984951) Homepage Journal
      Well there is an old saying.
      If it sounds too good to be true...

      But running a scam like this out of Sweden seems like a big risk to me. But then I have no idea how good the Swedish legal system is. I thought they had some very strong consumer protection laws. It is probably safer to buy this if you live in Sweden than the US.
      • by lawpoop (604919)

        But running a scam like this out of Sweden seems like a big risk to me. But then I have no idea how good the Swedish legal system is. I thought they had some very strong consumer protection laws. It is probably safer to buy this if you live in Sweden than the US.
        Scamsters are like liars or kleptomaniacs. They just can't make an honest living. They have to cheat and lie. It's a mental disorder. It doesn't matter what the risks are or what country they live in.
      • Re:Smells fishy... (Score:5, Insightful)

        by thethibs (882667) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @02:03PM (#19986139) Homepage

        How do you know it's run out of Sweden?

    • Re:Smells fishy... (Score:5, Interesting)

      by RAMMS+EIN (578166) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:40PM (#19984967) Homepage Journal
      Damn. It sounded so good.

      Come to think of it, maybe that should have been the first warning.
      • Re:Smells fishy... (Score:4, Insightful)

        by kisrael (134664) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @02:24PM (#19986433) Homepage
        The thing is, it didn't sound SO good as to be absolutely implausible...
        • Re:Smells fishy... (Score:5, Interesting)

          by jmorris42 (1458) * <`jmorris' `at' `beau.org'> on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @04:36PM (#19988077)
          > The thing is, it didn't sound SO good as to be absolutely implausible...

          Yes it did. I clinked to thier website and read the spec and instantly posted Scam.

          Negroponte & co can't hit $150 selling much simpler machines by the million lot and as a non-profit operation to boot. This machine is supposed to have a 14" TFT HD res screen vs the oddball cheap screen on the OLPC. This machine has both a hard drive and DVD drive while the OLPC has a dinky flash drive. The OLPC is coming out of the most lowball Chinese factory in the contract manufacturing business so there are NO more efficiencies to wring out of the price to give these unknown guys a way to offer more for less.

          Do the math people. When somebody offers you a new laptop for less than the display and drives cost when delivered by the shipping container while they give every indication of being a showstring operation that can't build a decent webpage or do their own e-commerce it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out. Scam.

          Like all good scams though, it preys upon a weakness in the victim. They might be crooks but they are good con artists. FAQ question #1 was where a good percentage of /. people started WANTING TO BELIEVE so much their common sense switched off.

          "#1. Q: Why is the laptop much cheaper than other laptops?
          A: We see this from a democratic point of view where we believe everyone should be able to afford to have a laptop. The other reason is that we have our own plants where we assemble our laptops."

          And you guys were all like; "Yea, everyone should be able to afford a laptop man, like it's a Right or something. The Man is just ripping us off to feed insane Corporate salaries and fat cat shareholders. These are just some hoopy froods sticking it to the System!"
    • Re:Smells fishy... (Score:4, Insightful)

      by RAMMS+EIN (578166) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:55PM (#19985195) Homepage Journal
      If this is indeed a scam...we have been trolled. Badly. I would feel they deserve kudos for getting their fake product featured on /..

      On the other hand, the fact that, within minutes of the story going live, you pointed out the scammy smell and got modded up so as to be prominently near the top of the page shows the major strength of community-driven reporting: near-instantaneous corrections and additions.
    • I recommend all of you, to wait and see how everything turns out here in sweden, before you buy this. As most swedes do right now.. Wait and see if the first computers arrive at all.

      FWIW, some scams pay/ship to the first round to ease fears and score even bigger with the second round. Unlikely in this case though, unless someone stole a shipment of laptops.
  • I read the faq [medisoncelebrity.com] on their website, but it doesn't mention battery life. I imagine that it would be pretty good considering the (relatively) low end components, but I've been wrong before.

    I'm seriously interested in buying one of these guys. Not that I can't pick up an old laptop and install Linux on it, but I don't think I can pick up a laptop with all new components for $150.

    Also it's guaranteed that all the components work/play well with Linux. That's a good feeling.
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Dr. Smoove (1099425)
      Battery life is infinite on the Madison VaporTop! Just send us 150$ USD in unmarked bills, actually, mark the bills with your SSN, and send them to our PO Box in China.
      • Battery life is infinite on the Madison VaporTop! Just send us 150$ USD in unmarked bills, actually, mark the bills with your SSN, and send them to our PO Box in China.
        Yeah, I'm starting to get that vaporware feeling after doing a little more reading. Pfft, probably too good to be true.
        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by RiffRafff (234408)
          No, you should buy it. Then report back, so the rest of us can know if it's above board. But I've never heard of this Medison company, and although it appears to be Swedish, googling "Valdi Ivancic" (the name in the whois data) shows a LinkedIn account in San Francisco. Couple that with the 4-6 week delivery time and the "phone lines are temporarly closed" of their webpage...nah, it's a scam.
          • Okay, I'll bite... (Score:3, Interesting)

            by Skewray (896393)
            I put in for two of these puppies on a fraud-protected single-use credit card number. If they don't show up in eight weeks and I can't contact the company at that point, then I will reverse the charge. Of course, by that time no one on Slashdot will care any more.
  • Laptop specs (Score:3, Informative)

    by AncientPC (951874) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:34PM (#19984897)

    * CPU - Intel® Celeron® M Processor 370 (1.5 GHz, 90nm, FSB400, 1 MB L2 cache, uPGA478)
    * DISPLAY - 14.0" WXGA (1280x768) TFT
    * HARD DRIVE - 40 GB
    * DIMENSION - 333(W) x 243(D) x 24/33.(H)mm (front/back), 2.2Kg with 6 cells Lithium-lion battery

    * MEMORY - 64-bit wide DDR data channel, One 200-pin SODIMM socket, supporting DDR 333/400, 256 MB Expandable up to 1GB, based on SODIMM Modules
    * STORAGE - One changeable 2.5" 9.5mm(H) HDD, Supporting Master mode IDE ATA-33/66/100/133 (Ultra DMA), One changeable 12.7mm(H) CD/DVD Combo
    * VIDEO CONTROLLER - VIA PN800 integration, Shared Memory Architecture up to 64MB, 128 bit 3D graphic engine, Support analog monitor pixel resolution up to 1920x1400, Support two displays dual view
    * KEYBOARD - A4 size keyboard, Built-in Touchpad with scrolling function

    * SOUND SYSTEM - AC'97 2.2 Compliant Interface, 3D stereo enhanced sound system, Sound-Blaster PROTM Compatible, S/PDIF Digital output (5.1 CH), 1x Built-in Microphone, 2x Built-in Speakers
    * I/O PORTS - 3x USB 2.0 ports, 1x External CRT monitor output, 1x Headphone jack, 1x Microphone jack, 1x S/PDIF output jack, 1x RJ-45 port for LAN, 1x Line-in jack, 1x DC-In jack
    * PCMCIA - 1x Type II PCMCIA socket
    * COMMUNICATION - 10/100BASE-TX Fast Ethernet on board, 802.11g MiniPCI Wireless LAN
    * POWER - Full Range 65W AC adapter - AC input 100~240V, 47~63Hz, DC output 20V, 3.25A, Removable 6-cell Smart Li-ion battery pack, 4000/4400mAh
    * SECURITY - Kensington® Lock
  • Good idea (Score:3, Interesting)

    by thebonafortuna (1050016) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:35PM (#19984903)
    The specifications on this seem pretty impressive for a laptop only costing $150:

    From the website:

    *Intel® Celeron® M Processor 370 (1.5 GHz, 90nm, FSB400, 1 MB L2 cache, uPGA478)
    *14.0" WXGA (1280x768) TFT
    *40 GB hard drive
    *6 cell lithium ion battery
    *64-bit wide DDR data channel, One 200-pin SODIMM socket, supporting DDR 333/400, 256 MB Expandable up to 1GB, based on SODIMM Modules
    *One changeable 2.5" 9.5mm(H) HDD, Supporting Master mode IDE ATA-33/66/100/133 (Ultra DMA), One changeable 12.7mm(H) CD/DVD Combo
    *VIA PN800 integration, Shared Memory Architecture up to 64MB, 128 bit 3D graphic engine, Support analog monitor pixel resolution up to 1920x1400, Support two displays dual view
    *A4 size keyboard, Built-in Touchpad with scrolling function
    *AC'97 2.2 Compliant Interface, 3D stereo enhanced sound system, Sound-Blaster PROTM Compatible, S/PDIF Digital output (5.1 CH), 1x Built-in Microphone, 2x Built-in Speakers
    *3x USB 2.0 ports, 1x External CRT monitor output, 1x Headphone jack, 1x Microphone jack, 1x S/PDIF output jack, 1x RJ-45 port for LAN, 1x Line-in jack, 1x DC-In jack
    *1x Type II PCMCIA socket
    *10/100BASE-TX Fast Ethernet on board, 802.11g MiniPCI Wireless LAN
    *Full Range 65W AC adapter - AC input 100~240V, 47~63Hz, DC output 20V, 3.25A, Removable 6-cell Smart Li-ion battery pack, 4000/4400mAh
    *Kensington® Lock

    Those specs are actually pretty close to what my OEM ThinkPad A31 was, when it was shipped. Although I upgraded the RAM, those specs are otherwise still pretty close, and that laptop still runs XP incredibly smoothly. While I'm not saying people should put XP on this thing, using a Windows product as a benchmark for smooth performance is generally a good way to determine how well linux will run on a machine. Considering the integrated wireless card, "pre-installed office and multimedia applications", and the DVD player, this thing seems like an ideal machine for someone on the go who doesn't want to worry about their equipment too much.

    It's also a perfect way to learn linux, if you don't already have an old(er) computer lying around you can toss the OS onto. I will probably buy it for that exact reason. Now if somebody would just do something about that website so I don't worry I'm getting ripped off by some scam artist with poor web writing skills...
  • IKEA? (Score:5, Funny)

    by KeepQuiet (992584) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:46PM (#19985057)
    So I guess IKEA finally got into computer business:)
  • Perfect (Score:3, Funny)

    by tttonyyy (726776) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @12:57PM (#19985239) Homepage Journal
    Sounds like the perfect new product for this company...

    http://www.anuslaptops.com/ [anuslaptops.com]
  • by b4thyme (1120461) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @01:00PM (#19985297)
    shouldn't this be taken off of slashdot to reduce free advertising for a potential scam?
  • by Qbertino (265505) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @01:18PM (#19985537)
    It's a scam. Editors, please extend the story accordingly.
  • by CaptainTux (658655) <papillion@gmail.com> on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @01:18PM (#19985551) Homepage Journal
    I just sent an email to their people asking if they would be willing to do a live interview to clear some of the fraud questions up. We'll see how it goes I suppose. If they agree, I will get the interview up and posted on YouTube and UStream asap.
  • by Pap22 (1054324) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @01:34PM (#19985753)

    2.2Kg with 6 cells Lithium-lion battery

    ROOOOAAAAARR!!!

  • Scam (Score:4, Funny)

    by steveoc (2661) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @01:40PM (#19985843)
    Almost sucked me in .. until I started reading the website of the parent company.

    Mind you thats just my opinion. Please feel free to read all about their other 'achievements', such as the Medison line of designer clothing (which doesnt appear on google anywhere), the awesome words of wisdom of their founder in his own blog, the un-attributed quotes, random photos of capital cities, the slightly-dithered-like-ive-been-put-through-a-scan ner-and-photoshopped company logo, and other quiet achievements such as designing the color iMac.

    I love their accesories page - whats with the link to clk.atdmt.com to download a copy of 'Windows Live Messenger'. WTF ?

    Anyway, in Australia, the big mining company BHP used to have a TV ad with the motto:
    "BHP - The quiet achiever"

    But if half of their un-gogglable claims are valid, then this Medison crowd really have earned that label.

    Scam, IMHO.

    On the upside, if it wasnt for Medison, I wouldnt have learned that I have a new word in my diminishing vocabulary - "ungooglable".

    ungooglable:
    A product, or a claim, a thing, or a statement of supposed fact, that when searched for on google, produces zero relevant supporting results, to the extent where serious doubts are then cast upon those same claims or facts. eg: "Johnny made several ungooglable claims about an alleged series of concerts that he supposedly performed with the El Mariachi Trio whilst on his recent holiday 'South of the Border'". Ant. un- . eg "Natalie Portman's naked butt may well be one of the most unungooglable butts never really photographed for real".
  • by CaptainTux (658655) <papillion@gmail.com> on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @01:45PM (#19985907) Homepage Journal
    As his website says, he is on vacation in Thailand but he will consider doing an interview when he returns. He claims he knows nothing about the rampant fraud/vaporware suspicions all over the internet about this.
  • by unicron02 (1020839) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @01:50PM (#19985973)
    Medison Europe United was incorporated less than 2 weeks ago: http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/02f0dac25c029c53 8688518e70982ba3/compdetails [companieshouse.gov.uk]

    Also, take a look at the address provided

    27 RUFFETS WOOD
    GRAVESEND
    KENT
    DA12 5JQ

    My my, Nordic Multimedia Distribution Limited is listed as having the same address: http://www.ukdata.com/company-credit-reports/NORDI C-MULTIMEDIA-DISTRIBUTION-LIMITED.html [ukdata.com]
    GI Finance Limited is located here as well: http://www.simplycreditreports.com/company-number/ 05905858.html [simplycreditreports.com]
    La Vida Art Limited: http://www.companiesgate.co.uk/LA+VIDA+ART+LIMITED .aspx [companiesgate.co.uk]
    BYGG Invest Limited: http://www.ukdata.com/company-credit-reports/BYGG- INVEST-LIMITED.html [ukdata.com]
    HG Shiprepair Limited: http://www.companiesgate.co.uk/HG+SHIPREPAIR+LIMIT ED.aspx [companiesgate.co.uk]
    Also, Ken-Erik Limited is listed as having the same address: http://www.companiesgate.co.uk/KEN-ERIK+LIMITED.as px [companiesgate.co.uk]

    I checked google maps to see if I could locate the address: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=2 7+ruffets+wood,+gravesend,+kent+england&sll=37.062 5,-95.677068&sspn=49.71116,81.738281&ie=UTF8&t=k&z =16&iwloc=addr&om=1 [google.com]

    Looks a lot like a residential area, either house/condo/apartment, definatley not a corporate or even industrial location.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by norfolkboy (235999)
      Actually, it's "Limited" not "united"

      I have a subscription to Companies House Directors lists. The officers of that company are:

      (for non-Bits - you can obtain the home addresses of any Company Secretary or Director of any company registered in the England and Wales or Scotland - it is a criminal offence to give an incorrect address or mailing address unless you have obtained a confidentiality order, which is barely possible to do, even for Directors of very large companies)

      BATH, HARPREET SECRETA
  • by evilviper (135110) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @01:53PM (#19986003) Journal
    It's obviously a scam. You don't need to do a whois look-up or anything else. Just look at the specs.

    There's no way in hell they're going to offer a 1.6GHz CPU, 40GB HDD, 14" LCD, 256MB DDR, etc., for $150... Even at twice that price ($300) it would be a stretch, but just possible. At $150, it's laughable.

    You could make a $150 laptop... If you went with a tiny screen, no backlight, no CD/DVD, tiny HDD, no battery, ancient CPU, etc., etc. But with fairly modern specs as this has, there isn't a snowball's chance in hell that it's real.

  • Nothing adds up. (Score:3, Informative)

    by kd5ujz (640580) <william@NOspam.ram-gear.com> on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @01:53PM (#19986007)
    On their contact information, they list their address as:

    Medison Europe Limited
    27 Ruffets Wood
    Gravesend, Kent
    DA12 5JQ England

    But this looks to be a residential area.
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=2 7+RUFFETS+WOOD,+GRAVESEND,+KENT,+DA12+5JQ&sll=37.0 625,-95.677068&sspn=32.66491,59.238281&ie=UTF8&ll= 51.411728,0.377553&spn=0.000785,0.001808&t=k&z=19& om=1 [google.com]

    This Business Credit Report site ( http://www.ukdata.com/company-listings/No-27.html [ukdata.com]) has that Address for several companys, Including:
    NORDIC SALES GROUP NORGE LIMITED
    NORDIC MARKETING GROUP LIMITED
    NORDIC MULTIMEDIA DISTRIBUTION LIMITED
    NORDIC PICTURES LIMITED

    There are possibly others, but those are the ones I found with a quick search.
  • by glindsey (73730) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @02:14PM (#19986289)
    Change the article to note that this is a scam.

    Yes, this is redundant, but I don't care. Every minute that Slashdot keeps this "story" up on the web page is another minute that they are providing free advertising for scam artists.

    I'm sure that Slashdot's sponsors would love to know that they are accomplices to fraud.

    Change the article, or take it down.
  • Mr. Ivancic (Score:5, Informative)

    by Daniel K. Attling (1003208) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @02:15PM (#19986309) Homepage

    After some light diggin thru public registers this is what I've found out about the owner of Medison.

    Valdi Ivancic, born 1970-03-26, has a filed residens on Holmgatan 16F, 37138 Karlskrona. However he is also listed as living on Lundenvägen 24, 56134 Huskvarna. The Huskvarna listing also has a cell phone number for MR Ivancic, +46-76-3384142.

    Whois information for medisoncelebrity.com refers to the Huskvarna address but lists another cell phone number +46-70-7572858 and also states the mans email address to be valdi_ivancic@hotmail.com.

    Also residing at the Huskvarna address is one Ljubo Ivancic, born 1947-08-14, listed with a land line number of +46-36-131524 and a cell phone number of +46-70-4326089.

    Neither Medison or Medison Consulting seem to be registered trademarks in Sweden.

    medison.se was registered 2007-02-09 and medisoncelebrity.com was registered 2007-04-11.

  • by suv4x4 (956391) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @02:42PM (#19986665)
    I'm posting some excerpts from their FAQ:

    Q: Why is the laptop much cheaper than other laptops?
    A: We see this from a democratic point of view where we believe everyone should be able to afford to have a laptop.


    That's a great explanation of how they managed to reach so low prices. Democracy, people! I'll never buy another communist laptop from DELL.

    Q: When can you deliver my laptop?
    A: We try to deliver as fast as possible, but the normal time is between 4 and 6 weeks.


    Bummer, why the long time? No explanation.

    Q: Do you have other products or can I add more memory to this laptop?
    A: Yes, we have other models coming up next month and if you want to expand with more memory on your laptop you can go to our 'Accessories' page and buy extra memory.


    Support disaster: you can't just buy a laptop and then "buy some memory" as accessorie.

    Q: How does Linux work?
    A:The Linux version that comes with the laptop is Fedora from RedHat and is not too much different from using Windows or MacOS


    Support disaster: you don't tell people Linux runs just like Windows, or you get drowned in calls about "my game CD doesn't install". Apparently they never planned to support the thing (anything).

    Q: Is your laptop a quality product?
    A: Yes it is, and it comes with 1 year warranty.


    Shit, I'm convinced...
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by FunWithKnives (775464)
      Democracy, people! I'll never buy another communist laptop from DELL.

      You do realize that communism is an economic system and not a governmental one? Coincidentally, however, if communistic ideals are applied to a political system, you end up with democracy.

      Further, communism can be thought of as economic democracy. It can only be properly practiced in a politically democratic environment. If the means of production are supposedly in the hands of the workers, but in reality are in the hands of a totali
  • by Picass0 (147474) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @03:12PM (#19987049) Homepage Journal
    Glad I read the comments. My kneejerk reaction was to go to the site and read the specs. For a moment I thought "it's on Slashdot so it's OK." I was about to call my wife and tell her she can have the laptop she wanted, and I hit the back button on my browser and started reading all the posts about this being a scam.

    So the readers of Slashdot, often characterized as the great unwashed, saved me from a scam brought to me by the editors of Slashdot.

  • Some background (Score:3, Informative)

    by erixtark (413840) on Wednesday July 25, 2007 @05:17PM (#19988587)
    Here's a link to an email conversation with the founder:
    http://www.sweclockers.com/forum/showthread.php?s= e0a49aad6aaa76aa2abfe67cb4d4ec44&postid=7539927#po st7539927 [sweclockers.com]

    The founder also has a column in a small Swedish paper:
    http://www.jnytt.se/Read__7981.aspx [jnytt.se] (Swedish.)
    He writes about life in Sao Paulo.

    Here's an interview with the largest Swedish business paper, Dagens Industri:
    http://tinyurl.com/38ju9l [tinyurl.com] (Swedish.)

    A couple of months ago they launched a laptop for 3000SEK (~$450), the same model now being sold for $150:
    http://www.idg.se/2.1085/1.100914 [www.idg.se] (Swedish.)

    Could be fraud, could be simply bad business, could be an attempt to gain market share by calculated loss. No matter what, it could definitely have been launched in a more professional way. Bad karma on the founder. I'm waiting (at least) 6 weeks to put in my order.

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