New Amish Laptop Uses BOS Operating System
The Amish community’s well known dislike of technology hasn’t stopped them from developing their own laptop, reports Mystique.net. According to the site and the technical FAQ it neatly sidesteps the problem of electricity, batteries and screens by reverting to the power of the abacus. It’s not Windows compatible as it used the open source BOS (Bead Operating System). If the specs are to be believed (and it looks very much like a prototype) it has a resolution of 13 x 6 beads, a 78 RAB (Random Access Bead) memory and chalk and slate based input. Connection to the Internet is via a string and can modem with download speeds claimed to be in the order of 2.4 bps (beads per second).