Re: [GKD] A Hundred-Dollar Laptop for Hungry Minds

2005-10-06 Thread Grady
It seems this is a repeat of the debate on the inexpensive Simputer in
India of a while back. I vaguely recall that many argued that no one
wanted a  stripped down version that could not run the latest programs
and it was doing a disservice by not being able to learn marketable
programming skills.

Grady




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Re: [GKD] A Hundred-Dollar Laptop for Hungry Minds

2005-10-05 Thread Jeff Buderer
The $100 PC sounds great. Four questions I want to know:

1. How are they made? (It is my understanding that Europeans have the
edge in terms of sourcing computer componentry so that they have minimal
ecological impact and are easy to recycle).

2. How long will they last?

3. What do they do with them when they break or are no longer usable?

4. How does the $100 PC business plan address not just the digital divide
but the 
technology divide/gap (in other words, does the plan allow for the
development of facilities in emerging markets to produce these computers
including supply chains)?


Jeff Buderer
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On Tuesday, October 4, 2005, Mikhail Doroshevich wrote:

 At Technology Review's Emerging Technology Conference at MIT September
 28, 2005, Nicholas Negroponte, founder of MIT's Media Lab, showed off
 the design of a laptop he hopes can be sold for just $100. At that
 price, governments in developing countries could afford to buy one
 laptop for every child, he said, opening up educational opportunities
 for millions.
 
 http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/05/09/wo/wo_092805bullis.asp




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