Free-PC

Free-PC

An organization that offered free PCs to individuals who promised to use them at least 10 hours per month. The PCs were sponsored by advertisers, and the ads were visible at all times. More than 30,000 units were shipped in the summer of 1999 to qualified applicants. Free-PC was created by idealab!, founded by Bill Gross in 1996 and which launched more than 20 Internet businesses in its first two years of operation. In 1999, Free-PC stopped offering free machines and merged with eMachines (www.emachines.com). In 2004, Gateway acquired eMachines.
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Besides the revolving ads that will be crazy-glued to your desktop, you also give Free-PC the right to monitor your computer use.
Both Free-PC and Gobi will replace your old computer with a new one if you decide to retain their services after the initial contract expires.
Free-PC claims it has already signed deals with a number of advertisers, including Amazon.
Those ads those Free-PC customers will watch will be the ads the rest of us find on web sites a month or so later.
Free-PC plans to ship its first 10,000 units to qualifying customers in the second quarter of this year, and is already asking customers to begin applying via its web site at www.