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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Feel free to mod down this rant.
OLPC is noble idea to improve knowledge of third world kids. Look at real picture. Kids in USA having advanced computing facilities available trail 22nd or 15th in math and science worldwide. Why? It is not a technology is important. It is methodology and surrounding is important. If US kids can't learn with their stomoch filled with big mac and supersized fries, why do someone expect kids from third world, with hunger fire in their empty stomoch learn this high tech gadget?
Why not experiment OLPC as prototype with kids in USA and see if technology really helps or not. Then only Negroponte has moral right to preach world about his cause-or-scam theme.

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desNotes Member since:

There is a program starting in the U.S. where the XO laptop is being available to kids.

9 Jan 2008

OLPC America already has a director and a chairman, and will likely be based in Washington D.C., said Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of OLPC, in an interview.

"The whole thing is merging right now. It will be state-centric. We're trying to do it through the 50 state governments," he said.;_ylt=...

So your wish has come true!!

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jabbotts Member since:

I think it comes down to the want to learn. You have kids in places where learning supplies are very limited but the desire to learn is very strong in those kids. You have other places like here where learning supplies are overflowing but the desire to learn is missing. "Math is hard" is the montra, "I want to be just like Britney and Paris".

Our current generation ignoring math and sciences is a symptom of something other than what hardware is available to them for learning. Look at all the people who run screaming from the thought of FOSS because, again, "math is hard" and self learning is scary.

(anyone remember when hollywood celebrities had to have talent. They where all tripple threat dancers, singers and actors not too long ago.. that's changed.)

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