On 2007-11-12 Olivier Nicole wrote:
> > I am usually not the one to bring up these things but I feel very
> > strongly about this. Starting Monday, November 12 this website is
> > offering a give one get one deal. I believe the money will be well
> > invested. YMMV
> > 
> > http://xogiving.org/
> That is a difficult issue, while this is an opportunity, I doubt this
> is the most needed thing to provide education. We are talking giving
> laptop to people who do not even have electricity in some cases...

I second the idea.

No doubt that OLPC is a great effort but I wonder how such ideas will
be useful in 3rd world countries where the IT infrastructures are so
poor that even dial-up Internet is not available in some towns, let
alone villages and rural regions.  I try to be not cynic but there are
so many problems in education system that learning how to use a
computer has a low priority.

Anyway, let's hope OLPC will do what it's supposed to do.

Bahman Movaqar

Whenever there are great virtues, it's a sure sign something's wrong.
-Bertolt Brecht
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