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Re: Jetstar to deploy 3G netbooks at departure gates

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____/ Sinister Midget on Thursday 03 September 2009 13:24 : \____

> On 2009-09-03, Terry Porter <linux-2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> claimed:
>> Remember those netbooks, the ones the wintrolls and microsoft said were
>> 'cut down', and 'restricted'. No good for 'real work' ?
>> Jetstar Aviation, seem to disagree:-
>> begin{quote}
>> Jetstar to deploy 3G netbooks at departure gates
>> By Munir Kotadia
>> Sep 3, 2009 2:30 PM
>> Along with an SMS boarding pass.
>> Low cost airline Jetstar plans to deploy netbooks and SMS boarding passes
>> before the end of this year, according to the company's CIO Stephen Tame.
>> Speaking at a roundtable discussion in Sydney this morning, Tame said the
>> netbooks were the ideal solution for Jetstar because they were cheap,
>> reliable and mobile.
>> "The batteries last seven hours, they have solid state disks so no moving
>> parts, and a built in 3G card.
>> The idea is [airline staff] open up the netbook and turn it on. It takes
>> between 60 and 80 seconds to boot up and find a connection. It then
>> establishes a synchronised secure connection [to Jetstar's network], and
>> then you can start boarding the plane," said Tame.
>> The netbooks will allow the airline to bypass expensive connectivity
>> costs at airport departure gates.
>> "The problem with airport gates is that they are generally 100 meters
>> away from the networks. Running wired networks is quite expensive -- it
>> can cost $10,000 to run a piece of cable down the airport channel -- and
>> you can't use 802.11 because the airports try to monopolise that and
>> charge you for it," said Tame.
>> Jetstar had ordered 40 netbooks, which will be used in around 22
>> airports. Tame said they will only be required in airports where
>> connectivity at the gate was either unavailable or too expensive.
>> end{quote}
>> http://www.itnews.com.au/News/154767%2Cjetstar-to-deploy-3g-netbooks-at-
>> departure-gates.aspx
> 7 hour batteries, huh? Solid state disks, huh? I can only imagine what
> they're running on them with those specs.

Is there ANY netbooks with SSD running Windows? I'm aware of none.

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