A little green computing machine that made Intel see red

An interesting package arrived in my household the other day: a small bright green-and-white laptop with a built-in carrying handle. It looks as if it has been designed by Fisher-Price, an impression reinforced by two little ‘ears’ which, when unclipped, double as wi-fi antennae. The 7.5in screen rotates and folds back on itself to form a kind of tablet, rather like those pricey Toshiba laptops only Microsoft salespeople can afford.The keyboard is rubberised, so that it can survive spillages. The machine has no moving parts, and can (so I’m told) be dropped from five feet without significant damage.When switched on, it immediately senses sibling machines in the immediate vicinity and establishes a wireless connection with them. It also sniffs out conventional wi-fi networks and allows you to connect to them if their owners permit it.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/jan/13/computingIntel suffers bad issues of trust
Last month, a saleswoman from Intel tried to pull a fast one on the children of Peru. It may prove a costly mistake for the tech giant.Intel’s latest woes stem from its on-off relationship with the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) educational computing group. Set up by Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, OLPC caught the world’s imagination with the idea of providing $100 (€67) laptops to the world’s poorest children.Turning the dream into a reality has proved difficult and $100 has become $200. But many of OLPC’s problems have not been of its own making.

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