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    Default One laptop per child - product review

    http://www.umbrellanews.com/story/read/D8UCGHLG4

    The OLPC runs on the Linux operating system and a chip made by Intel rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The software was complicated and buggy. For weeks neither my brilliant niece, nor her well educated parents, could figure out how to get it to connect online.

    They eventually had to reconfigure and upgrade the operating system, a complex process certainly not doable by a computer rookie. Pity the child in a remote Cambodian village trying to figure out this instruction from the OLPC Web site: "At your root prompt, type: olpc-update (build-no) where (build-no) is the name of the build you would like."

    Even worse, in order to save trees, the OLPC arrived with very few printed instructions. Instead the users were directed to a Web site for help, which would have been an insurmountable challenge if this was their only computer.

    Once upgraded, the OLPC has been remarkably slow, often requiring repeated attempts to log in and balking at the notion of opening more than a few programs at a time.

    "I am not sure how useful this is when there are other computers available in our home. But in a Third-World setting, where it is not being used to hook up to the Internet but to other XO computers, it might be more useful," said my brother-in-law, Bob Sokol.

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    Every time I hear about one laptop per child, I think of geek ranch, and I shake my head. That Zonbu thing looks like a much better alternative.

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    They're gonna sell 'em on www.geekranch.org.

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    I domain per child, I always say!

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    What is a domain? are we all now Kings and Queens?
    To be called a "Has Been" I must surmise, is much Greater than to be called a "Nevah Been"... JW...



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    I am only a Queen on Thursdays, Diva night.

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