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One laptop per child? Answered

So i saw this story on 60 minutes a couple days back. One story was on having one laptop per child. so they tested it in a 3rd world country. It seemed like a great idea.and no need for electricity to charge the laptop they had hand cranks for it which also seemed like a great idea. So do you think having one laptop per child is a good idea

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ll.13

11 years ago

They don't seem to realize lots of children in a "1st world" country can do with these too....

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trebuchet03ll.13

Reply 11 years ago

One of the big things the OLPC has is the ability to bring textbooks in cheaply. While children in the 1st world may have some outdated books - that's more than many in the 3rd world can say.

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maker12trebuchet03

Reply 10 years ago

TEXTBOOKS? IS SOMEONE STILL USING THERE VAC-TUBE HAM RAIDO?

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trebuchet03maker12

Reply 10 years ago

Welcome to academia - you get a C- on account of poor grammar in your post ;)

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ll.13trebuchet03

Reply 11 years ago

Yeah, though I really like the idea and the GUI is really cool, but i don't like it how they have to access a website through searching google. :/ I suppose I'm really saying I wouldn't mind one myself... (:

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gyromild

11 years ago

The OLPC idea is noble, however there are certain aspects of it that need to be sorted. If the idea is to help children in hardcore poor countries such as in Africa, then 100usd laptop is just too expensive. Plus the problem of distribution. Making sure the laptops get to the children, and making sure it stays with them.. Exclude the rich northern and southern Africans (Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Botswana), 100usd is what a family makes in a year.. Imagine extreme poverty and extreme desperation.. If something has value, people will fight and even kill for it. The laptop will be a valuable commodity. Might just end up being smuggled out to be resold for profit. Worst, the children might end becoming a walking target.. An engineer friend tied with road-building project in Sudan recounts how a kid got shot for his 3 dollar china-made shoe. Imagine 100usd laptop. Lets hope it wont be a curse for the children we are trying to help..

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Easy Buttongyromild

Reply 11 years ago

Yes but what i saw on 60 minutes also was once it gets stolen from the child it dies with-in 24hours.

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maker12Sunbanks

Reply 10 years ago

wooot i wanded the child to do what the laptop does when it,s stolen

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maker12gyromild

Reply 10 years ago

"NOTING LAST FOREVER EXCPT THE ERATH WIND AND SKY"

-kansas

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Weissensteinburggyromild

Reply 11 years ago

Like gamer said, if it's stolen, it can't be used for long. Also, it's designed in a way that only kids will want it...i mean, look at a comparison of size between a normal laptop and it:

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chooseausernamegyromild

Reply 11 years ago

That's one of my nightmare ... Trying to do something good, and ending with a catastrophe ...

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theque

11 years ago

what do the children use the laptops for?

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chooseausernametheque

Reply 11 years ago

Mainly school, education ... It's supposed to be a mean to give them access to technology, internet, knowledges, etc ...

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Kitemanchooseausername

Reply 11 years ago

IIRC, it also creates a peer-to-per network with all other OLPCs in range, they can work together, share files easily, all with no central server. Put an educational text on one OLPC in a class (of 100!), pretty soon they all have it.

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maker12Kiteman

Reply 10 years ago

gr8 way of making viruses

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WeissensteinburgKiteman

Reply 11 years ago

That's one of my favorite parts of it..they can also browse the web via the network if one of them has access...won't that slow it down alot though?

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WeissensteinburgKiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Of course it is...to a point. If there's one kid in the city, the network could enable 100 kids to get internet from him...imagine how slow that would be.

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westfwKiteman

Reply 11 years ago

> it also creates a peer-to-per network with all other OLPCs in range Your average US consumer laptop could do that, if it had the right software. I'd like to see pieces of the OLPC technology appear in "1st world" products. That low-power mixed-mode display and the ad-hoc networking, for instance. I think it's PROBABLY a mistake to expect to achieve a low price point through massive effort alone; IMHO it's much easier to drive prices down once you have existing volume to pay for development costs than to somehow bypass those development costs. Presumably OLPC is aimed at the "3rd world" because the "1st world" won't put up with things like distributing free textbooks or low-priced products that compete with more profit-generating companies. As pointed out in the forums under the OLPC group, we currently throw away technology real close to OLPC "power", tens of thousands every day (in the form of cell phones.) Grr. I just bought a (new, but "obsolete") Nokia 770 "Wireless Internet tablet" for about $130, for instance...

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chooseausernameKiteman

Reply 11 years ago

If so, that would be a really cool and usefull feature =o)

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maker12

10 years ago

is it lunix? IF its mac. I predict brains flash melt down ing in 24 hrs.

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its a lionmaker12

Reply 10 years ago

both the eee pc and the olpc run linux. the eee pc uses a modified version of xandros i believe, and the olpc uses a version of fedora.

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Brennn10

11 years ago

What is important to realize here is the fact that food can only last for so long. Which of course, means that they need more food. The burden then is on the developed nations trying to scrounge up money/donations to send to them. But why are we the ones doing this? It is easy, many developing nations' governments are too imcompetent and corrupt to satisfy their own people. It is up to the government of the struggling countries to help, but apparently (as shown in the move Last King of Scotland), the governments are too selfish to supply help to their own people. Leaving developed nations to deal with their sad burdens. It is sad that is had to become like it is now.

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maker12Brennn10

Reply 10 years ago

thanks to our less efficient then 42 metal halide lamps in a group digestive system!


huh biogly for thought!

PAY ATTION IN BIOGLY CLASS IT MAY BE HANDY!


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Patrikmaker12

Reply 10 years ago

Gah - can you please cut it out with the shouting? Also - please make more sense.

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westfw

11 years ago

A lot of these issues are discussed on the OLPC Web page. I dunno if this thing will work, or if it will do any good, but it's not like no one has ever considered "gee, maybe food would be better than a laptop" before.

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_soapy_

11 years ago

I predict this will all end in tears. As someone else commented, kids get shot for shoes, so laptop PCs are an easy target. Not giving one to every adult, and a few spares for them so when one gets busted it can be swapped out, will mean the parents who are so inclined will steal them off the kids, or, more likely, sell them to the next village. And you know what? I live in the UK, and half the schools around here are trying to get enough computers for a good computer lab, let alone one per kid! Public libraries (even the biggest ones) have about 3 to share between anyone who comes in. So would it be impolite to ask that we look after our own poor kids first, before trying to save Africa?

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canida

11 years ago

Our sister company Potenco makes the power supply for the OLPC.

I want one to take camping/traveling, and one to keep in the car, and...

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Easy Buttoncanida

Reply 11 years ago

Instructables has a sister company? Did we always have it or is it new?

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Baron AEasy Button

Reply 11 years ago

what ................????????? you sure bout that sister company???

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chooseausernamecanida

Reply 11 years ago

Oh ... If "and..." means that your imagination is unlimited, I'm afraid there won't be ennough of them for the third world ... =o)

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Metal4God

11 years ago

if they were well behavied yes i do

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NachoMahmawestfw

Reply 11 years ago

. I think the main problem that many of the "global" projects have is that they don't have global-class leadership or resources. If someone like Bill Gates (or any other major international "player") would make it their pet project, I bet something could be done. It still wouldn't be easy or fast. For a project of this size, a Mom & Pop operation won't get it done. Maybe some of these ideas will attract the eye of one of The Big Guys one day.

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westfwNachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

Writing a good Instructable is pretty difficult. Writing one aimed at low educational levels is MORE difficult (ie: shows up in trying to teach Ohms law for LED resistor selection to people who haven't had or don't remember any algebra.) "Serious" content, where someone's life or quality of life might depend on it, adds additional difficulty. And then you have to aim it at an audience that probably doesn't speak english very well. Very Difficult Indeed.

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Brennn10

11 years ago

Yea, Canida posted a picture of one on the Instructables webpage. It looked like good quality.

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chooseausername

11 years ago

I hope it will be an actuall benefits for the childs of the "third world" ... They plan to sell the (almost) same computer to richer countries for about $200 (twice the price they will sell it to the governements of those "third world" countries). I also hope it will not be a new mean to make poor countries even more poor ... or deeply in debt (as most of them already are) ...