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OLPC is the Greenest Laptop ("By a Factor of Ten")


The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program is moving ahead with orders from Nigeria, and strong interest in the machines from Uruguay, Nigeria, Pakistan, Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, and Libya. The computers are destined to be the possessions of the http://visionwidget.com/cialis-mexico kids, not the schools so the kids will have an incentive to take care of cialis order them.

The specs for this small laptop are impressive, the first models, the OLPC XO-1 will have:

  • 700 Mhz AMD x86 processor (They went to Intel first, but Intel dropped the ball by not responding fast enough. AMD ended up with the contract.)
  • 256 M Ram
  • 1G flash memory provides instant on and tramadol cheapest very long battery life. Your typical hard drive sucks a lot of power.
  • 3 USB Ports
  • Inbuilt Video
  • Wifi mesh network (kids can collaborate, text message etc.)
  • Rugged (survives drops that would kill an ordinary computer. No hard drive to crash.)
  • Stereo sound with 2 audio output jacks
  • Dual mode display for indoor and outdoor viewing (sunlight readable)
  • Highest resolution in dots per inch than any laptop they know of
  • Extreme low power: 2W Nominal. (A well-nourished person can generate 15-20W with the “pencil-yellow hand crank”. They’ve got it so you can get 10 minutes of use out of 1 minute of cranking.)
  • Adjustable ear antennae give it 2-3x range for picking up wifi.
  • Sugar user interface (you should check this out, very abstract looking)
  • Wide range of alternative power inputs  
  • “Greenest laptop by factor of viagra online shop ten” (1/2 size, 1/2 weight, 1/3 part count, RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive) compliant, no Hg, Cd, Pb, etc.)
  • Fedora Linux, Windows XP ready (which is pharmacy viagra cheap convenient as Microsoft just announced that they’d be selling versions of the Windows OS for $3 in select developing countries.)

First thoughts are that the amount of memory seems tiny and 1Gig storage... even tinier, but the OS is very efficient and I can remember being impressed by a lot less not so long ago.

Other benefits: no bloatware (that heinous stuff that you never want that ships on your brand new laptop and takes up space/processor power), no capslock (becaUSE WHO USES...darnit...stupid capslock), AND peer to peer everything (woohoo!)

A friend of mine who ran a program that brought computers and laptops to the canada viagra Detroit Public Schools pointed out that tech support may be the Achilles heel of the project. Not much has been said of the OLPC tech support. In areas where there is little or no communications infrastructure this could be a concern.

Much thanks to it's cool buy low price levitra Catherine Laine at AIDG for this info, there is much more at the AIDG Blog.

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written by Demi Raven, June 08, 2007
And, unfortunately, hardware that is not easily upgradable (it seems), destined like most current hardware to become obsolete in time, and, unfortunately, shelled in plastic, which (1) is less than environmentally safe, (2) most often not biodegradable, and (3) will find its future not being reclaimed by the producer for whatever recycling is possible, but, rather, being picked apart and desoldered in a hazardous manner, its plastic shell left to pollute some field or ocean somewhere.

Call me cynical, but, despite seeing the educational value of www.fluestertuete.de this, this "greener" laptop may only be greener by some small degree.

One laptop per child only feels like a healthy option if the laptop will be a useful hand-me-down to the child's little siblings, future children, grandchildren, etc.
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written by Stephen Lomax, June 13, 2007
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boo to the cynics
written by jrad, July 06, 2007
i will agree that the project is not without flaws, namely due to the plastic being used. however, if it is indeed a stepping stone, you can't do much about upgrades anyway. the average user doesn't really know anything about upgrades as it is. usually, it's handed off to someone more knowledgeable, friend or professional. as for becoming obsolete, that's not the big issue either. you're looking at kids who have never used anything like it. discontent and unrest from a population uneducated in this kind of technology will still take a long time. it's like the post itself says "I can remember being impressed by a lot less not so long ago."

there is, of course, still the issue of taking it apart. not out of necessity or thoughts of upgrades, but people are inquisitive. even some adults are likely to how to buy viagra online get into computer-smashing action to see what's in there, what's making it tick.

however, you can't address the problems completely without educating the users, and the users can hardly be educated without exposure.

so yeah, my biggest beef with the thing is the plastic thing. however, this is the "greenest laptop by a factor of ten." it's not by any means the http://nassmc.org/cheap-fast-levitra perfect laptop. it is educational, affordable, and much more sensitive to the environment than any laptop you're going to buy in the US... which the average user still wouldn't recycle anyway. this is far from an ill-conceived project and cialis in spain safe even by US standards.
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IF SOMEONE KNOWS HOW PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
Thanks
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Why only in developing countries?
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