My kids spend 99% of their time on the computer chatting with their friends via IM. I’ve watched them do this for several years now and it has often struck me as a complete waste of a whole computer just to run the IM client. That could all change with the release of the $99 Aeronix Zipit which runs on Linux and does only one thing- IM. The Zipit is sold at Target and TigerDirect and connects to the internet via WiFi. It won’t win any prizes with the 16-bit grayscale LCD but for simple text chatting who cares? This price point makes it possible to give on to each kid in the house without breaking the bank and without tying up the family PC. A complete review of the Zipit is available on LinuxDevices and I must say it’s a simple little device that serves its intended purpose quite well. A review written by a user of the Zipit can be found here.