The mystery that surrounded how Net PCs would be sealed was solved yesterday when a senior IBM executive revealed the shape of screwdrivers to come.
Bob Higgie, European development manager at IBM PC Company, was called on by one of his product managers to open the sealed unit that constitutes the Net PC.
He unveiled a screwdriver head design so far unseen in the industry and said: "There is little likelihood of this design being cloned".
A week ago, Compaq refused to disclose how it would seal its own Net PCs, whether using a combination lock or other means of keeping end users from opening the boxes on their desks.
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