Saturday, March 15, 2008

One Laptop per Child


Here's a worthy cause if there ever was one: getting laptop computers to children in poor parts of the world. They've made a special laptop that's designed especially for children. One of my co-workers got one as a hacking project (actually he got two: in order to get one, you have to order two. You get one, and one is donated to a child somewhere). Everyone at work was oohing and ahhing over it. Above is a picture I took with my cellphone. (There are better pictures from Google images.)

The thing is being billed as an educational tool, of course. No doubt to make us rich, western, do-gooders feel all warm and fuzzy (and morally righteous) about supporting the project. And I'm sure it will help with education, blah blah blah. But you know what the kids are going to want: games. Fortunately, my coworker found a list of games you can download for it, and it includes some classics like DOOM and SimCity.

Maybe when Quinn is a bit older, we'll get him and one other lucky child somewhere one of these things. By then I assume they'll have a version that can run Grand Theft Auto III.

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