In India there is a mission being carried out to sell $100 computers that connect to the internet. This mission originated from Rajesh Jain who wants to sell these computers, NetPC, for as low as $70 purchase fee and $10 a month. This whole idea of selling computers for as low as $70 will not work. 

These computers only have a little and internet access with no software. The idea is that instead of a computer there is as little as a keyboard, a few USB ports, and a screen which is your TV. There is no hard drive, no memory, and no prepackaged software, which all usually add cost to your computer. The brains of these $100 computers are “based on cheap cell phone chips”.

The article states that the computers will “use a central server to run software applications and store data.” Servers are computers that have been outfitted with better equipment than your regular house hold computer, hence why servers are much more expensive. Servers even need to use devices called uninterruptible power supply’s (UPS), which are expensive, incase the power goes out; the server can be shutdown properly.

Servers also cannot have any down time and this will cost more money. Technicians will be needed to keep constant eye on servers and UPS’s will be needed. Customers get mad when they lose internet access for even an hour because everyone uses the internet daily. When a server recovers from a shutdown or a crash they do not perform the same way they did before the loss of power. This will cause problems with the network and cause the company to hire more technicians. Technicians cost more money and have to keep an eye on the servers and the network, not to mention the daily household customer problem.

Servers are meant to have multiple computers connected, with multiple services running. The more computers, the more servers needed. The more servers needed the more technicians and the more routers and switches that will be needed to interconnect everything. Enterprise grade routers and switches are more than $1000 each and you need to hire someone to configure them properly so they don’t crash.

The more customers and the more servers that a company has, the slower the connection that is being used becomes. Then the company must pay more for a better connection from an Internet service Provider (ISP).

If everyone connects and saves data to a central server, the more security that is needed. If one person manages to get into one server, they now have access to all the servers, and every piece of data ever saved by any customers. This data will include bank account information, credit card information, and much more sensitive date. In order to have better security you must hire more people.

Everyone hates computer viruses and knows how frustrating it is to be infected. If one server gets infected that means that all the servers can get infected, which means all of India can lose internet access in an instant, along with sensitive and private information. In order to remove the infection you must hire another technician. You must also hire a technician to repair the servers, and hire a technician to do penetration testing.

What is my main point you might ask? My main point is that this idea will never work. You want to have cheap computers, with thousand dollar equipment, with many technicians, and with much at stake. The current setup of the internet and the computer market does not allow for this for many reasons. Some of these reasons are: the price of repairs, the price of security, the price of technicians, the price of internet speed, the price of setting up the interconnections, the price of 99.99% of up-time, and the price of peace of mind for the customer that their private bank account information will not be stolen if they save it on the server.