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    January 21, 2008

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    Kid Computers

    This is such an amazing program! It's helping children evolve with technology in countries that before now have had little to no opportunities! i salute this program.

    Ernesto Reyes

    It is a good idea and must be supported by all concerned citizens to help avoid the illiteracy in computers especially to those who can't afford to buy high end one. So it is a must supported project!

    CC

    Children learn the importance of technology at increasingly younger ages. The one laptop per child initiative isn't surprising, since computer competence is absolutely essential in every career, not to mention daily life now.

    Dr. Bob

    I received my XO today through the G1G1 program (I ordered very late in Dec) and was able to get printing to work without too much fuss. Agreed, it is not ready out-of-the-box. Nevertheless in all fairness, any other computer I have purchased needs to "install" a printer - usually with a CD provided by the printer OEM. Children are likely not able to handle this type of installation either.

    Some developer attention should be paid to making this more kid-friendly to get a printer working - but it is possible now with a little effort, and perhaps some assistance from the community.

    Patty Seybold

    Jake,
    Hope yours arrives soon. But I beg to disagree about the need for printers in the developing world. When I go to the woefully inadequate computer lab at the Uganda Rural Development Training Centre, I see lots of people of all ages--students, community members, kids, teens -- all getting online, writing things, creating things, and PRINTING copies of what they've done... I don't think that pride of authorship is any different in developing countries..nor is the need to keep records of correspondence, etc. I have brought USB thumb drives to help people store and exchange files and these are highly coveted. But the few printers on campus are being used a lot.. despite the fact that the ink cartridges and toner is very expensive..What we need is a printer to match the XO laptop!!!

    Jake McKee

    I'm waiting on my OLPC box to show up (hopefully any day now), and your review is making me all giddy to get it in hand.

    I will push back one one point... you said: "Without printing capability, these laptops are definitely not ready for prime time."

    Whose primetime? As you point out right after that statement, there's probably much better options for US kids than this device, but this device has never been meant for US kids. Printer drivers in developing countries are likely VERY unnecessary, and the fact that kids have access to these boxes at all in the US is a promotion only.

    OK, now to read (and drool) over your Kindle review.

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