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Third World children love new laptops

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Doubts about whether poor, rural children really can benefit from quirky little computers evaporate as quickly as the morning dew in this hilltop Andean village, where 50 primary-school children got machines from the One Laptop Per Child project six months ago.

These offspring of peasant families whose monthly earnings rarely exceed the cost of one of the $188 laptops -- people who can ill afford pencil and paper much less books -- cannot get enough of their "XO" laptops.

At breakfast, they already are powering up the combination library/videocam/audio recorder/music maker/drawing kits. At night, they doze off in front of them -- if they have managed to keep older siblings from waylaying the coveted machines.

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