The computer giant on Thursday began taking customer orders for the new Pavilion a210e PC on its HPShopping Web site. The machine--the sister model of the $349 Compaq Presario S4000J--will be available only directly from HP.

Not a bad deal for an Athlon XP 2000+, 128mb RAM (ahgr!), a 40GB hard drive, CD-ROM, modem, integrated VIA video, no speakers, monitor & floppy are included. Now, what I'm really waiting for are those sub-$600 laptops.