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Supercheap PC Targets Nontechies

Are you tired of getting snail mail from your mom? Do you feel a little guilty because you always call and never write? Brother International, the company that brought you typewriters in the '70s, is now selling a $300 PC system for people (like your relatives) who don't know anything about computers.

At PC Expo in New York City, Brother debuted its Super PowerNote Personal Electronic Notebook--a $300 system that comes with word processing, spreadsheet, address book, and scheduling applications, as well as Net access, built-in.

Weighing in at 5 pounds, the notebook can be used with a PC or as a standalone system.

The Super PowerNote includes a standard 3.5-inch 1.44MB floppy drive and runs for up to 8 hours using an optional battery, the company says. An AC adapter is included.