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May 21, 2007



Not too shabby. Flimsy, but not shabby. Any fotos of the yo-yo power things, was Apple perhaps the inspiration for that?

if suggestions are being taken, hand cranks are fun - a working laptop sure beats a jack-in-the-box, who-da-thunk?


Maurits van wijland

Negroponte hasn't secured any orders, that is really unfortunate! I truly think that this initiative would help. And I have an idea for Negroponte...

We techies would love to tryout this new (green) laptop. So how about we could buy three latops for $550, one for ourselves and two will be shipped of to children in a under developed country or to a SOS-children's village of choice ! How about that.

Maybe SOS-children's villages could handle the distribution and such!

Shaun Betit

Just a thought the computers are a good bargain and they will be very energy efficient and good for transport. But how do they expect to store any decent amount of data and run programs without a hard drive. Very hard to have a functioning computer without a hard drive.

Brian Cocuzzo

Negroponte's concerns are well-founded. A Google search for "One Laptop Per Child" and it will return a sponsored link to Intel's site. On the Intel site, there is no further mention of "One Laptop Per Child"; just an advertisement for how they plan on helping underdeveloped countries.

Also, the web provides the content and storage...a hard drive is not necessary.


Who controls what programs they can access off the web? I wouldn't trust my Government in my freedom to access what ever I want off the web. Too many of the countries that might want these computers have tight censorship laws, they should have hard drives in them so that these people will have the freedom to access what ever they want, when they want.

Al Brown

Aiming a new product at a market that has no money is one way to temp fate. Maybe aiming at a market whose needs most resemble the poorest of the world's children, but that have money might be best. Proving that market will help convince the poor countries to take a chance.

Don't worry about breaking the yo yo thingy. Deprived kids in Cambodia would snap it like a twig in milliseconds if can't survive being handled by a computer-literate adult.


The OLPC uses Flash memory in place of a hard drive (which consumes less power). It has 1GB of flash storage, and 256MB RAM. As recently as 14 years ago, I had a computer that had a 1GB hard drive, and that was a lot at the time.

Laptops will be going the way of flash memory in place of hard drives in the future because of the lower power consumption, and the lowering price (and size) of flash storage.

Weng Cheng

I agree with Maurits, I'd like to try out this laptop. If it really works as an alternative to the clunkier models we have at work and at home, I'd have no qualms about subsidizing the cost for another unit. We are used to paying more than $500 for a unit anyway.


I applaud the project and its goals. If it was for sale I would probably get one myself, for my 4 year old. But some of the facts are irrelevant. If all PCs were replaced by this laptop would we really save anything. How much work would get done and how many more of these would be required to replace a PC in a typical office? If we replaced every car in the world with a skateboard we would stop Global Warming, oil would be cheap, and everyone would get more exercise. But then how would all these laptops get to the children?

david neo

I think this is a great initiative and if i can be of assistence, please drop me a line. My partner is in a project with schools in Indonesia where there are potentially 40 million students and perhaps we can work to bring these laptops to the schools over here. I think like many others, would like to buy a couple to test and encourage the people.


I don't think that their idea is that great.
The laptop is maybe "green", cheap and easy-to-use, but all these laptops have Wi-Fi!! And so far it hasn't been proven that Wi-Fi is safe. On the contrary, it is the same technology as mobile telephony, and there is little doubt clear mobile phones are bad for our health, especially for children's health!!


Just did that Google search for "One Laptop Per Child".. but I only found a sponsored link to AMD and their 50x15 project, which AMD discontinued some time ago. Though of course they are still working with the One Laptop Per Child project.


I am going to have to agree with the guy that mentioned if he bought one for, let's say 500 dollars, and got three, one for himself and two sent to children around the world, that would be a good practical idea. Don't rely on governments to provide the solutions, go to the grassroots. Governments are in conjucntion with big coorporations such as Intel and sorry to say even lovely Apple. People donate all the time and I think this kind of a computer would be great for my little children in a first world country! Open it to the public and let us subsidise it to the poor chilren around the world. Also I have traveled to many parts of the world, and not every child should have a laptop for different reasons. Think of it like a business, open it up smaller and let it spread. I have been following this for years now, and it would be a shame if it took the way of the Dodo.


Let's see:
1. No printer - so it can't do word processing.
2. No internet - because that costs money.
So I guess that means it can do spreadsheets. Gee, that's exactly what people living on $1 a day need. A way to calculate CAGR.


WinTel (MSWindows/Intel)is fighting this like crazy. It is controled by a version of unix and that scares them. WinTel is busy spreading FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) to prevent this idea from taking off. OLPC has no resources compared to these technology giants.

The other day Negroponte anounced the machine would run Windows and they were adding an SD memory chip reader for storage. AMD was going to use a better cpu chip to allow this to work. This is a sellout....

I fear the only way to get these machines into the hands of children is for people to donate the money directly to this effort. At some level, countries should be cautious. They have greater needs than to push technology. You cannot eat a laptop.


Thank you, AJ, and Geogffrey, for you comments.

I've worked several years in Africa, Asia, etc., with a focused placed on children's rights/needs. I guess it might help if the children have food to fuel their brains, access to education so they might learn to read, etc., prior to a laptop in hand? Although an interesting idea, I'm concerned that the inventors haven't a realistic clue of the lives of children in places like DRC, Uganda, the Sudan, etc. How about food and education for every child?!! Laptops, after this accomplishment, would certainly fall into place!

Marge Elberson

Can a 4 year old use this computer?

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