I’ve been waiting for OLPC to come out but didn’t know until two days ago that they’d be available to the public.
I was going to post in a huff, just before I hit submit, I checked out the website: http://olpc.com and saw the give 1 get 1 promotion. So I take back most of what I was about to post below.
I can’t wait to see boy2001’s face when he gets this laptop!! it has everything we have been talking about for him, wifi internet, camera, music program, long battery life and sturdy enough for a child. I know he’ll be so happy that his gift will help another child. It would have been nice to designate which country (or at least have that illusion, lol).
Very convenient to buy, they take paypal, so sell something on ebay and get that cash people. Put your money where your mouth is, all children should be able to get to information, these laptops are a step in that direction.
I’ve been quite interested in getting boy2001 his own laptop. He’s taking computer lessons at school now and there are wonderful online resources for kids as well as programs you can buy for close to nothing to help them learn things. The problem is the cost is not very family friendly, especially if you have several kids. Not to mention laptops are fragile and can easily be broken.
The $100 laptop project seemed like a dream come true. The mission is to provide indestructable laptops at a nominal cost ($100). Unfortunately the makers want to provide these to governments around the world first and foremost and in doing so forget about those of us middle class people that would like to have our child have a laptop.
I’ve known all this for quite some time but what I didn’t know is that some of the companies I’m familiar with have helped fund this, eBay, Google, Intel, Red Hat and several more. I don’t begrudge the children in other countries receiving these, my only problem is that we are not given the opportunity to purchase these for our children. Seems like discrimination and stupid because I’m sure many Americans would pay a little more to help distribute more of these. If there is a manufacturing problem why isn’t our government or these companies helping with that? Here is a link to the article in Wikipedia on the One Laptop Per Child project.