CherryPal just announced it's Africa Netbook available for sale today through it's website for a retail price of just $99, something that OLPC had promised years earlier and failed to deliver upon. While it is certainly not developed to live up to the specifications of the XO, the Africa Netbook does boast:
2GB flash storage
Linux or Windows CE
4 hour battery
If you are a normal corporatation (using Office) I would recommend SharePoint instead.
If you want to get a job without a degree - thats cool - no problem.
Here is a great tip - when you put your application in...actually ring the agency up and introduce yourself and have an open and honest chat about the position you applied for. Very few people actually do this.
Once you have a job - work hard and take an interest in the company and by respectful of other people. Be aware of your experience and take full responsibility of tasks assigned to you. Follow up with people and ask for feedback on your performance. After quite a few years of working like this you will find yourself moving up the ladder.