Laptops for Developing Nations 2007-11-14 16:31:10
Between November 12 and November 26, One Laptop Per Child is offering a Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. During this time, you can donate the revolutionary XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, and also receive one for the child in your life in recognition of your contribution.
I just copied and pasted that from their website because it sums things up pretty well. For the next 13 days, you can donate a laptop to a child in a developing country, and you will receive one laptop for yourself. The donation is $400 and I made ours last night, so the NG office will be receiving one of those crazy laptops that I keep seeing in all the magazines! I don't know how easy these things will be to get in the future, but for now it seems like it will be fun to have around the office - plus I want to see how well it can run Flash - it BETTER RUN FLASH.
And thanks to Newgrounds, one more child in a developing nation will have unfettered access to PORN.
NOTE: I see lots of people making comments about there being no electricity and internet in Africa. The laptop can be charged up by turning a crank, so you never need a power source. The bunny ear antennas create a mesh network, where you can share items with other laptops in the area, and if somewhere along the chain of laptops someone is picking up wireless internet (in a school, for example), the internet gets spread across the mesh network.
The screen has a full color mode and also a high res black and white mode for working in direct sunlight. There are built in speakers and a camera. People can take pictures and video and share it between computers. There is also software for drawing, programming, making music, writing, web browsing, calculating, gaming, etc.
We are already planning to make a second donation so that we can get two laptops in the office, and test out the networking and sharing capabilities!