Nick Negroponte Changes OLPC Name Again

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Gee, would Negroponte just pick a name for the OLPC laptop and stick to it? First the $100 laptop was just called the $100 laptop, then "upgraded" to the CM1: The Children's Machine 1, then the 2B1 Children's Machine. Now? XO, which stands for nothing (besides being short for hugs and kisses).

Now called XO, the device has evolved into something both practical and sleek. Gone is the second prototype's hand-cranked generator, meant to free students from the need for an electric plug. (One broke off in Kofi Annan's hands when he demonstrated it at a UN tech conference last year.) Instead, the XO comes with a separate fist-sized generator. You pull a cord to make juice, like starting an old lawn mower.


Seriously guys. You better get your MIT acts together, cause this is ridiculous.

This PC wants to save the world [Fortune via OLPCNews]


junior ghoul

lol dukeofmadness and huygir....always a couple of ya'all in any blog opposing this thing. these things are getting to kids who though are very poor do have food, water, a home, and i'm guessing attend school. because of this they will no longer have a lack in things such as text book or any of those sort of resources because they will be able to access all of them through the internet. they can use this thing to become programers, designers, or just simply intelligent people. the point is, they can use this thing to get an education and really compete in the global market. i am disappointed about the generator idea...i hope thats just simply another opinion (rather preferred the idea of the foot pedal mysefl) also i really hope that the usa gets these things at some point. u know george bush had this no child left behind plan...remember that? well nothing really came about because of it. something had to happen to that money...and hell if it was spent on something then they need to somehow generate the same amount again so that they can get the olpc (pardon me, XO) for kids in our country...america may be a super power but our education, especially public education is going down the drain...this could really help us out alot. obviously some problems will arise, no idea is perfect, but this thing could be invaluable to the kids who wanna get ahead.

also, about the whole name thing...what have we had? in no particular order: green machine, olpc, 100 dollar laptop, XO, CM1....thats roughly the list, i think i'm missing 1 or 2 of em.