You can now place an order for the XO laptop (that’s the little green laptop that has been marketed as One Laptop per Child). Actually, you purchase two–one goes to a child in an underdeveloped country, and the other one goes to you. I’ve written about this great little laptop in a previous posting, and it would be really great if we could get some and try them out on campus. The networking capabilities alone (this little machine uses a Linux OS and a “mesh” network for instant communication/collaboration. Unless this has all been smoke and mirrors, this looks like a promising computer, not only for Third World countries but for ALL children. Since each laptop is essentially a mini-router, you can find another person who is on your network and share files, etc. I’m the kind of person who has to actually USE something before I can really figure it out, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this works.
So, head on over to this website (http://www.laptopgiving.org/en/index.php) and read all about it. Maybe you can convince someone in your department or you have grant money that would purchase a few. The price is a little over $400 or two laptops, including shipping. Heck, you can’t even buy a share of Google stock for that!