Category Archives: OLPC

OLPC, Microsoft, and Intel

The Times Online has a really interesting article up on the One Laptop Per Child initiative and Microsoft’s and Intel’s responses to it. It’s a great read, and provides an interesting window into some of the skulduggery that the corporations engaged in when threatened by the vision of a cheap laptop for the developing world. […]

XO Laptop 2.0

Nicholas Negroponte announced the next revision of the XO Laptop, the low-cost laptop designed by the One Laptop Per Child initiative for developing countries. The upcoming version eschews the typical laptop form factor, instead taking cues from the iPhone and the Nintendo DS to create a unit that opens like a book, has touch screens […]

Archimedes: A Big Enough Lever

This morning on the way to work, I was thinking about the critics of the One Laptop per Child program. Lots of people maintain that, rather than sending a $100 laptop to kids in third-world countries, we would do far better to send them $100 in food. And to a degree, I think they’re right […]

XO Laptop: First Impressions

We got in our XO Laptop, the little unit that the One Laptop Per Child organization has begun producing and making available to poorer countries for less than $200 per laptop. (Read David Pogue’s article for a quick introduction to the concept.) Here are my first impressions after fiddling about with it for an hour […]

Give One, Get One Starts Today

Just a reminder: The One Laptop Per Child initiative starts its Give One, Get One promotion today. The deal again is this: you plunk down $400, which pays for two XO laptops. One goes to a child in a developing country, one goes to the child in your life (who might be you)! This promotion […]

Give a Laptop, Get a Laptop

I’ve been intrigued by the One Laptop per Child initiative for several months. Some of my interest is philanthropic, though part of me suspects that if we’re really interested in helping the youth of the planet, these funds might better go toward clean water, health care, and more traditional education. The bigger reason that it […]