Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Ordered Zonbu Thin Client Linux Computer

Zonbu miniature PCI ordered a Zonbu thin client Linux computer as an experiment to see it is practical as a consumer product. It cost $US312.94 with accessories and delivery. The order took 7 minutes 26 seconds to complete, with one series problem encountered, which is reasonable for a moderately complex product (but more than it should take for such an inexpensive one).

The Zonbu was ordered via the web site using a credit card at 3:43 PM on 8 November 2007. Using the cheapest shipping method (USPS Priority Mail International) it is supposed to take 3 to 6 days. It will be interesting to see when it turns up.

   International plug adapter - AustraliaAlong with the Zonbu Desktop (with no monthly subscription), I ordered a USB Wifi Dongle, and an International plug adapter for Australia. One point of confusion is that the "Shopping Wizard" did not offer the adapter plug as one of the accessories in the standard purchasing dialog. I had to go back and click on "Accessories" after the other items. It is unlikely the average consumer would know they need the plug or be able to find it if not promoted. Zonbu need to change the dialog to offer the adapter, perhaps only if the customer enters an Australian shipping address.

The Australian power plugs are also used in New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. They are also usually compatible with those for China and Argentina.

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