Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Jan 2008 20:44 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems El Reg has an in-depth review of the XO laptop. They conclude: "There's a lot to like about the XO laptop. It's tough, it's great as an eBook reader, it has a big (for its category), high resolution screen. It runs silent and cool, has good battery life, and the clean design of the Sugar interface is easy to use. But several areas need work. The browser should be replaced by Firefox, and the Journal needs to support folders to match how people actually organise their work and play. Multimedia performance needs to be improved, which can hopefully be done through software. The XO needs a unified media player that supports all media types, along with playlists, and should be integrated with the UI. Most of these changes come down to the OLPC organisation placing more emphasis on real-world usability and less on their ideals of a perfect interface. If they can manage to do this, the XO laptop could be a great tool for learning and play."
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RE: You are missing the point
by dagw on Fri 18th Jan 2008 10:23 UTC in reply to "You are missing the point"
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Video and mp3 playback is an absolute must for education. For example one of the best way to learn a new language is to listen to that langauge. Watching a movie in English, subtitled in your local language is amazingly effective way to improve your vocabulary, once you've got the basics of the language down.

Secondly there is an amazing wealth of educational videos and lectures on the web in both video and sound format. Letting potentially interested kids have access to these could be an amazing resource for them.

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