Monday, May 15, 2006

The $100 Laptop

Have you heard of the $100 Laptop?

The $100 laptop is a project by the non-profit organization One Laptop Per Child in cooperation with MIT Labs to enable every child to carry a laptop. The laptop will not be sold in the market but will be distributed directly to schools with the help of the government. This will be of great benefit to children in poor countries.

The reason why they can make such a laptop so cheap is that they won’t provide a hard drive. Instead they will use 500 MB flash memory and 4 USB ports. So any flash memory card (using card readers) or USB drives can be employed for additional memory. Linux software will also be used to drive down the cost even further.

For the first time we can see the benefits of using flash memory for a very good cause. Enabling everyone to have access to information will give a good boost to the education of kids whatever social or economic status they belong.

I am really glad for organizations like 'One Laptop Per Child' because they not only help the poor but they have the vision that will uplift their lives in generations to come. The Bible talks about helping the poor and this organization has indeed heeded this message.

"There are always going to be poor and needy people among you. So I command you: Always be generous, open purse and hands, give to your neighbors in trouble, your poor and hurting neighbors." (Deuteronomy 15:11 -–The Message Bible)

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