Give One. Get One. A laptop, that is.

OLPCYou 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!

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One thought on “Give One. Get One. A laptop, that is.

  1. Thanks for the heads-up! I ordered one (well two) yesterday. Did you know – you also receive one year free of T-Mobile Hotspot access. I’m looking forward to experimenting with, among other things, that mesh technology you’re always talking about 🙂

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