PC World Online, September 1999


San Ramon, Calif.-based ZapMe Corp. is offering a deal few schools could refuse: a completely free computer lab furnished with 15 Pentium II PCs and monitors, a laser printer, high-speed satellite internet access, software, training, and maintenance. So what's the catch? By accepting the free equipment, schools also agree to expose students to a continuous string of on-screen advertisements for a minimum of four hours a day.

So far, more than 700 schools have agreed to the arrangement, and ZapMe expects that number to reach 2000 by year's end.

But the proliferation


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