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for anyone interested, the key text to read on is by Rayvon Fouche, "From Black Inventors to One Laptop Per C…
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3 days ago by douglevin
for anyone interested, the key text to read on is by Rayvon Fouche, "From Black Inventors to One Laptop Per C…
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3 days ago by audrey
nostalgia season... Sipping a coffee in the Austrian Hospice in Jerusalem old city, writing Forth code direct…
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4 days ago by briantrice
OLPC XO Review | ZDNet
This functionality is not readily apparent, as the status of the mesh networking software is unfinished — unsurprisingly, given the similarly unfinished nature of 802.11s — and there is little or no diagnostic software provided. It's unclear how quickly this will change as the firmware within the 8388 device is not open.
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5 days ago by yorksranter
OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong - The Verge
The utopianism set unrealistic expectations around what the laptops should be able to accomplish,” says Morgan Ames, a Berkeley researcher who’s currently writing a book about OLPC. That included Negroponte’s laptop-tossing demonstrations. “When you’re talking about a laptop that kids are using surrounded by concrete floors and cobblestone streets — there was a ton of breakage that really blindsided projects, because they expected these laptops to be a lot more indestructible.”
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5 days ago by yorksranter
Steven Sinofsky ॐ on Twitter: "OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong https://t.co/QgzXvJxUV5 via @Verge // I liked this well-reported history quite a bit. HT @waltmossberg. A couple of thoughts for startups in har
Great point: if you don't leave substantial gross margin in the product, bad things happen. Whether that's running out of cash, not being able to distribute - or needing to adopt a creepy business model
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5 days ago by yorksranter
OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong • The Verge
Adi Robertson:
<p>In late 2005, tech visionary and MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte pulled the cloth cover off a small green computer with a bright yellow crank. The device was the first working prototype for Negroponte’s new nonprofit One Laptop Per Child, dubbed “the green machine” or simply “the $100 laptop.” And it was like nothing that Negroponte’s audience — at either his panel at a UN-sponsored tech summit in Tunis, or around the globe — had ever seen.

After UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan offered a glowing introduction, Negroponte explained exactly why. The $100 laptop would have all the features of an ordinary computer but require so little electricity that a child could power it with a hand crank. It would be rugged enough for children to use anywhere, instead of being limited to schools. Mesh networking would let one laptop extend a single internet connection to many others. A Linux-based operating system would give kids total access to the computer — OLPC had reportedly turned down an offer of free Mac OS X licenses from Steve Jobs. And as its name suggested, the laptop would cost only $100, at a time when its competitors cost $1,000 or more.

“We really believe we can make literally hundreds of millions of these machines available to children around the world,” Negroponte promised. “And it’s not just $100. It’s going to go lower.” He hinted that big manufacturing and purchasing partners were on the horizon, and demonstrated the laptop’s versatile hardware, which could be folded into a chunky e-reader, a simple gaming console, or a tiny television.

Then, Negroponte and Annan rose for a photo-op with two OLPC laptops, and reporters urged them to demonstrate the machines’ distinctive cranks. Annan’s crank handle fell off almost immediately. As he quietly reattached it, Negroponte managed half a turn before hitting the flat surface of the table.</p>

So much went wrong: the design, the software (people didn't want a desktop Linux their kids would never see again), the price. And the concept: technological determinism would triumph, surely.
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5 days ago by charlesarthur
OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong
“Ames says the real question isn’t whether laptop programs help students, but whether they’re more effective than other programs competing for the same money. “I think that given unlimited funding, absolutely ... Learning about technology is very important,” she says. “That said, there’s always a tradeoff. There’s always some project that will be defunded or de-emphasized as a result of this.”

Thirteen years ago, OLPC told the world that every child should get a laptop. It never stopped to prove that they needed one.”
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5 days ago by cote
OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong - The Verge
Bender thinks OLPC might have struck more deals if it had focused less on technical efficiency. “Every conversation we ever had with any head of state — every time — they said, ‘Can we build the laptop in our country?’” he says. “We knew that by making the laptop in Shanghai, we could build the laptop [to be] much less expensive. And what we didn’t realize was that the price wasn’t what they were asking us about. They were asking us about pride, not price. They were asking us about control and ownership of the project.” OLPC had created a computer that could withstand dust and drops, but it hadn’t accounted for political messiness.
6 days ago by tonyyet
OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong - The Verge
Note as always: issues with supply chain, overpromising, and unwillingness to license it to countries for their own production.
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6 days ago by mechazoidal

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