Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Appropriate Technology, the $100 laptop and it's haters

OLPC (One Child Per Laptop) is lauded as "the $100 laptop." Actual cost reported to be around $176 : http://www.itwire.com/content/view/11646/1103/ : http://www.laptop.org/
Intel's Classmate PC, $200-$250. No hard drive, wireless enabled. Pakistan has ordered 100,000 of them for it's Open University, so that people in remote areas wont have to travel to get education. : http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2007/04/18/intel_classmate_pc_at_idf/

Questions on whether or not laptops are even needed with a lively and amusing email debate between the NComputing founder, Stepen Dukker and the OneLaptop/Child guru, Walter Bender. Dukker takes a combative tone which eventually gets Bender going too. : http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118892795619917030.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

NComputing. One PC, seven users. This is Mr. Dukker's organization http://www.ncomputing.com/ncomputing/index.php


Sarah Elkins said...

Thanks for the link to the WSJ article! I'd missed that.

I have a couple of recent entries about OLPC you may be interested in.

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