Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Feel good thoughts...

26 September 2007


Here is an easy feel good for all of us, and at a very reasonable price.

One Laptop Per Child, an ambitious project to bring computing to the developing world’s children, has considerable momentum. Years of work by engineers and scientists have paid off in a pioneering low-cost machine that is light, rugged and surprisingly versatile. The early reviews have been glowing, and mass production is set to start next month.

One of the machines will be given to a child in a developing nation, and the other one will be shipped to the purchaser by Christmas. The donated computer is a tax-deductible charitable contribution. The program will run for two weeks, with orders accepted from Nov. 12 to Nov. 26.

In spite of the potential for learning and communication this could portend, the orders for the machines from the countries that need them most have been slow. The company has come up with a promotional idea that I think is brilliant. You buy one computer at 399usd, and get one free! You can then give that computer to a needy child or use it in your own family. The computers are simple and rugged – built for the third world. The program is only in the U.S. and Canada during 12 – 26 November 2007. I am thinking if you are in another country you can find a way to purchase one. I’m going to have Q order for me.

For example, if donations reach $40 million, that would mean 100,000 laptops could be distributed free in the developing world. The idea would be to give perhaps 5,000 machines to 20 countries to try out and get started.

Find the complete article here. There’s a great way to expunge anything you feel bad for doing this year! If you’ve been perfect, here’s a way to continue..

And speaking of presents – I have two more! You people are too kind to me. I do hope you all know how much each award means to me, that you thought of me. I appreciate it very much. I shall have to order a special trophy case from Second Life to hold my goodies, but for now I have them secured on my Data Pages.

From Omega Mum, the BodaciousBlog Award, and from Wake up and Smell the Coffee, Blogging that hits the Mark Award. I thank you both, and I pass on BodaciousBlog to Welshcakes, JMB, Mutterings and Meanderings, and i beatrice; and Hits the Mark to Darth, Mountain Mama, Dulwichmum, and the Land of Sand.


Annie said...

Great computer scheme!

And congrats on all your new awards, too!

lady macleod said...

Thank you love.

thank you for coming by.

I Beatrice said...

Many thanks for the award, Lady M -it shall be stored in my heart, as my other awards are, there being no space that I can see on my page as it stands at present. And I shall do my best to be as Bodacious as possible from now on...

Bodaciousness at my age is not the easiest thing in the world to accomplish, mind you, but I promise to give it a go!

Mama Zen said...

Congratulations on the award!

I've seen several interviews with the gentleman behind the low cost laptops, and it seems like an excellent program.

youness said...

I become one of your blog's fun.i like everything i read so far.its wonderful to think about other people's problems.i hope one day every child will have a laptop to read blogs .bye

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

That does seem a good scheme and congrats on your awards. Thank you for passing me the "Bodacious " one!

Ellee Seymour said...

More congratulations from me, we are doing well between us. And it is a great idea about the laptops.

jmb said...

Bodacious, if only! But if you say so then I'll accept it. Congratulations yourself.
My one thought about the laptops was that power could be a problem dor some.

lady macleod said...

i beatrice

You are welcome, and thank you for coming by.

lady macleod said...

mama zen

thank you. That's good to hear that you are familiar with the program, I had not heard of it before.

thank you for coming by.

lady macleod said...


thank you for coming by and for your comments.

lady macleod said...


Thank you and you're welcome.

thank you for coming by.

lady macleod said...


thank you and thank you for coming by.

lady macleod said...


thank you and you're welcome. As I understand it the laptops are constructed to use the least amount power possible, and there is power available most everywhere now.

thank you for coming by.

debio said...

Just coming over to give you an award and what do I find? An award for me!!

I am beside myself but as the world could not deal with two of me, I shall pull myself together, do the techno bit, and think of another subject to write about to try to live up to the gong.