JavaSoft, the California-based division of Sun Microsystems, has developed a new software that promises to breathe new life into old personal computers (PCs) and extend the working lives of machines destined for the scrapyard. Developed under an internal programme called Project Rescue, JavaPC converts a PC running on MSDOS software into a network computer (NC). Installation is said to be as simple as loading a new application and any 486-based PC can be transformed instantly into a hybrid machine running on software developed for the Java-based NCs. A JavaPC will cost less than $100 in the US.
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