Steve Holton wrote:lershac wrote:How do you reconcile the lies out of OLPC with their promises to deliver to the needy?
Strong words. Do you have anything to back that up?
lershac's post reads like a question to me, and it's a question that a whole lot of websites have now brought up. Why should we have confidence that OLPC can get thousands of laptops to third world countries when it can't get them to cities in the United States? The party line seems to be that it is easier to get thousands of laptops to third world countries, but I just can't seem to get my head around that.
How come it is so easy for me to order from every other company online? Why does a little furnace repair shop with a totally lame website have no problem FedExing me an obscure part in less than a week? Why have I had no trouble with Amazon thousands of dollars and ten years after first discovering them? And how about the Ebay sellers? No trouble there, either. Since I am fairly careful about the honesty of the companies with whom I deal, I've had no problems with shipping issues until now...it's just OLPC.
The folks who took advantage of G1G1 are very likely smarter than average. It is a completely logical step to go from "What's the problem getting me my laptop?" to "If they can't get it to Texas, how can they get them to Africa?" You don't need any evidence to back that up.