Too ahead of it's time. $200 for a computer meant for poor kids in countries where they don't even have running water would be absolutely laughable today.
In actual deployment, the OLPC XO proved too fragile to withstand any use. Test classrooms that received OLPCs would quickly stop using them because half the class would break their shiny rich people toy.
I really don't know why anyone thought this was a good idea. These people don't even have running water, why the fuck do they need computers? This was before the "LEARN TO CODE" movement, so it was even more baffling.
Did you ever use one? It's slow as shit. The CPU was not enough. I haven't used every version, but judging from the specs I don't think they did much improving over time.
Couple the underperformance with the fact that this is the same period where websites went from simple to bloated as fuck and it shortly became useless to browse the web. An obvious use case.
If it were made today, it might run Android and be able to take advantage of the mobile app market. It was too underpowered for web browsing, the Linux OS that was installed, and even for its own shitty OS. Ok, the OS wasn't bad, just kinda useless and slow. Looked pretty though.
You could barely even use it for email. I mean, come on, what were they thinking? Email was the first killer Internet app, then the web.
Don't feel bad though. All those poor kids? They now have smartphones which pretty much have all the functionality the OLPCs had.
>>52570390 Good fucking point. Why are we not just shipping old, obsolete machines over to Africa to be used rather than to China where they're improperly dismantled anyways? Why create brand new machines that are already sub-standard when the world has loads of old computers that nobody in the Western world wants anymore?
>Steve Jobs had offered Mac OS X free of charge for use in the laptop, but according to Seymour Papert, a professor emeritus at MIT who is one of the initiative's founders, the designers wanted an operating system that can be tinkered with: "We declined because it’s not open source." Therefore, Linux was chosen. However, after a deal with Microsoft, the laptop will now be offered with Windows XP along with an open source alternative.
it was too expensive there wasn't much you could do on it and it was targeted at the wrong market there are plenty of places with poor children AND electricity, the fucking solar panels and dynamo chargers and whatever were a dumb idea
they had one at my work, i spent 15 minutes trying to open it and then i gave up. i don't know how impoverished african children are supposed to do it. maybe i'm just dumb
>>52571037 >i don't know how impoverished african children are supposed to do it. same way people from the 70s and 80s did it. you either dont mind the shitty specs and just learn to love it or you go outside and remain computer illiterate.
The only instance I've come across an OLPC was in a thrift store last year, but they wanted $50 for it, which seemed too high for something I would likely use once and completely forget about the following week.
I'll tell you another fucking shitty thing about it.
They wanted Linux so kids could tinker? BULL fucking SHIT. Thing was locked down harder than an iPhone. You needed to get a special developer's code, direct from the OLPC people, to be able to root it. Even then, the hardware was so weird good luck trying to get anything to run on it save for custom shit.
I think they wanted to make it so that no matter what stupid shit a kid did to it, a teacher could reset it back to new somehow by only doing a simple reboot sequence. They sacrificed tinkering for being able to easily reset the stupid hunk of shit.
>>52569577 Like every other attempt to help the third world. No one can compete with free shit. You give free food to poor countries, you ensure they never develop agriculture further. You give them free clothes, they never develop textiles. You give them free computers when they don't even have clothes or food yet, how could it be anything but a total disaster?
>>52569767 Pretty good summation. I do wish some company would bring to market a commodity laptop, rugged and expandable/repairable/upgradeable. A VW bug of computers, because they're gonna be with us forever. Focus on ability to run an OS, numerous ports USB 3 or -C, widely available power plug, etc. A fairphone type thing, but a laptop. It'd end up in use cases that the OLPC was aiming for, but many many more workhorse uses, and would sell a mint.
Exactly the same reason why the failing schools of the county I live in are equipped with imacs at a very low ratio of PC per student and better equipment and facilities than most and yet produce no results.
That movement is still going strong with lets get kids ipads and chromebooks.
>>52569577 It wasn't the idea of it being a cheap low-power computer. Android is actually succeeding now in bringing computers to the 3rd world.
No, the biggest problem was that it had shit "lets make everything new and kid-friendly" software, which wasn't based on anything other than adult's ideas of kids. Also they wanted them to get to program and what not.
Kids also want adult operating systems and they *certainly* can handle the modern ones, as simple as they are to operate now. They'd better just have deployed normal desktop Linux or whatever, and done.
The guy did some early experiments in personal computing with children in the 1970's. He thought he could recreate the same thing wtih brown niglets in the 2000's. I mean we all know that middle/upper class western children inside an excellent tutoring enviroment are the same as 80 iq brown people with no sanitation. What could go wrong.
>>52569767 >These people don't even have running water, why the fuck do they need computers? >This was before the "LEARN TO CODE" movement, so it was even more baffling. I think the idea was that having Internet access would give them access to more and better educational materials. The Internet does make it a lot easier to learn about things, especially if you don't have a good library at your disposal. I assume that participating schools were set up with wifi, and hence those silly antennas.
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