OLPC - One Lptop Per Child

Robert E. Seastrom rs at seastrom.com
Sun Dec 23 05:32:45 CST 2007

"Michael O'Dell" <mo at ccr.org> writes:

> they are very cute. the keyboard is designed for
> little fingers, although i manage to type on it.

I played with one, I'm of the same mind as the guy here (too small):


> I suggest that if you want a more orthodox but
> still small "pc", you should look at the Asus EEE.
> you can get the 8gig-flash version from Newegg
> and the memory can be upgraded, too. it also
> runs Linux but is more a "true PC" in that
> WindozeXtraPain runs outa the box; not so with
> the XO.

I agree - for the money, the eee pc (asus, available at micro center
or via $VENDOR from froogle) is a better deal, even if you factor in a
$200 donation to OLPC on top of the $349 "sweet spot" eee model.

Probably getting a couple for my lab - I'm tired of having my "spare"
Mac laptops be lab boxes.

> and Vista, the New Coke of Operating Systems,
> was just listed as "Biggest Tech Disappointment of 2007"
> by *PC Magazine*.  talking about biting the
> hand up your sock-puppet butt....

I respectfully disagree.  Relative to calibrated expectations, the
user interface raggedness and residual minor bugs in MacOS X Leopard
10.5.0 and 10.5.1 are far more disappointing than Vista, and frankly
influence my life a lot more.  Still waiting for the
gratuitous-window-stack-rotation-on-command-tab bug to be fixed
(hoping for 10.5.2).


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