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Points of views and questions about the OLPC project. What should it be? How could it be better? Where is it needed most? Ask your questions here and let your opinion be known.

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Postby landsw » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:07 pm

John Dvorak of PC Magazine ( has decided that he knows best which charities you should and shouldn't give to and OLPC is one of the latter.

Perhaps he'd be good enough to send a list of approved donations/charities to the rest of the world.

I found this article to be his normal egotistical BS and thought I'd pass it on.
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Postby gyffes » Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:22 pm

Dvorak also is the chump who decried the mouse and announced that it'd never amount to anything as a computer interface tool.

Why read ANYTHING he produces?
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Postby peter » Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:00 pm

is purposely being contentious to get comment. His overall point is true, technology alone will not fix everything.

He fails to address the fact that technology should be made part of an overall development plan for a country. That countries with limited resources can create a few interconnected education centers that could eventually spread throughout the land and ultimately spur development.

The cell phone is a perfect example of the success of deploying relatively cheap technology to transform nations.

The hype over the OLPC is definitely there. It is going to be a long road, but success will come. There is evidence of success in other areas, and by now we should have learned from over 50 years of computing history of the mistakes that can be made when deploying technology.

The risk of making future mistakes is lowered even more because the Internet can now be used to connect people to examples of success and collaboration. This is something unheard of in the past.

In this case Dvorak is right, but he is mostly wrong. His value is in forcing us to think.
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Postby tpike » Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:39 pm

There is plenty of comments in the PCMag Forum disputing Dvorak's claims. The world is a complicated place. There will be some people whose situation is so dire the olpc approach is not feasible. Who can argue that? There are plenty who's situation is not so dire but are still trapped in poverty. The OLPC approach has never been tried and it seems to have a very positive effect on the kids it touches. Nobody knows what the long term impact will be. This project amplifies and enables the only thing that can ever really change the world for the better - the minds of children.
Seems to me it is a good gamble.
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Postby daniel » Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:51 pm

The debate on the OLPC`s effectiveness is welcome but this guys sounds like an ass; he just seems to dismiss any attempt to try to do anything against poverty and hopelessness, what a douchebag :mad:
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