Technology: The New Featherweight Contender

Sometimes even a notebook computer is too bulky to carry around. But so far, tinier mini-PCs haven't taken off. Vulcan Inc., started by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, may change that with its new FlipStart PC. Weighing in at less than 1 lb. and powered by a 1-GHz Transmeta processor, the FlipStart measures just 6 in. wide, 4 in. deep and 1 in. thick yet packs in a 30-GB hard drive and 256 MB of memory. Available in late 2004, it also has special touches to make navigating its bright 6-in., HDTV-quality display easier. A thumbwheel on the right helps you scroll...

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