Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Nov 2005 19:36 UTC, submitted by anand78
Hardware, Embedded Systems MIT has unveiled its $100 hand-cranked laptop computer to the United Nations technology summit in Tunisia and said that it hopes to make millions of the devices to give to the poorest people in the world. The lime-green machines, which are about the size of a text book, will offer wireless connectivity via a mesh network of their own creation allowing peer-to-peer communication and operate in areas without a reliable electricity supply.
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RE[2]: Jesus Weeping Christ
by Windows Sucks on Fri 18th Nov 2005 01:01 UTC in reply to "Jesus Weeping Christ"
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2005-11-10

How do you grow food if you don't have the skills, equipment or means? How do you make fresh water if you don't know how to make proper wells.

First you need to get countries like the US out of these areas digging for oil and messing up the water! Then you give them something like this laptop and show them how to go on the internet and look up how to make good wells and grow better food. Shoot if a person can look up how to make a bomb I am sure a person can look up how to dig a better well, how to make cleaner water etc!

And that is the key! Knowlege!

The other thing I love about this is that if you were to give them say MAC os, the best you can do is learn to make applications for the Mac and Apple will always control the platform. Don't do what apple likes and they pull the platform from under you. With Linux not only can people learn to make Linux applications but they can make their own platforms that no company like Apple can come along and pull from under you. That is true freedom!

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