The $100 Laptop
Last week some of us at OpenConcept were fortunate enough to play with a prototype from the One Laptop Per Child Project at an after hours gathering. Like many other people who have had a chance to look at it, there are pictures tagged with olpc that we've posted to Flickr. We couldn't help but check out how future compatible our new standards compliant design is, and indeed it looks great in a cutting edge browser, even in portrait mode.
Andrew Clunis, one of our developers, volunteers with the OLPC project and has been a keen advocate for many of the principals being advanced by this revolutionary little computer. There is quite a lot of debate around this project, a reasonable summary of it can be found on Radio Open Source. However, the most compelling piece for me is simply the ability to transmit electronic copies of thousands of books to students around the world.
Now I know a lot of folks don't like to read from the monitor, but the technology behind this project will allow you to go out on a sunny day and more comfortably read content than I am able to do with my expensive Mac Powerbook. I'm looking forward to seeing the first releases for sale, possibly as early as this fall.
About The Author
Mike Gifford is the founder of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, which he started in 1999. Since then, he has been particularly active in developing and extending open source content management systems to allow people to get closer to their content. Before starting OpenConcept, Mike had worked for a number of national NGOs including Oxfam Canada and Friends of the Earth.