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A tale of two laptops

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OLPC

Last Tuesday afternoon, about an hour after Apple announced its new uber-designed, ultra-light Macbook Air laptop computer, there was a knock on my front door.

The Fedex guy handed me a small squarish cardboard box. Inside I found an uber-designed, light, little laptop. No, it was not the Air. It was an XO, a mobile plastic computer from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative.

This is a story about how alike, and how very different, the two laptops are.
The OLPC project was started by former MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte with the aim of providing educational tools and experiences that will allow children, even in the poorest countries, to achieve their full potential.

The XO is central to that mission.

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