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A Groklaw Member Gets His OLPC Laptop - It's Not Too Late To Order Yours
Saturday, December 15 2007 @ 01:01 AM EST

We have pics of the first One Laptop Per Child XO laptop that has arrived at the home of any Groklaw member that I know of. Groklaw's bbaston sent pictures. He got his laptop yesterday and has been having tons of fun. I am soooo jealous. He's been providing us a running commentary in comments on the previous article, posting on Groklaw from his new laptop. Here's part of what he's saying:
It's so TINY like a new puppy. I'll email a pic or 2 directly once I calm down.

Somewhere is its twin. I can't even fathom the emotion that child will feel at receiving her learn-to-learn gift :)

...First impression of the machine is very good color, quite similar to using normal LCD display. Initial startup - with my heart pounding - took a minute. Then I played around - configured my wireless connection to 'torvalds' and popped over to Groklaw. Nuthin2it!

He's referring, of course to the Give One, Get One offering, where you keep one laptop and OLPC sends one to a child somewhere who will surely be glad you did this. And here are the pictures, and he took pictures of Groklaw on the laptop's screen, which is, of course, the way straight to my heart. Warning to those on dialup -- there are several graphics, and although I made them smaller for you, it may take a while for them all to load.

Is that cute or what? Here's Groklaw up close and personal:

I guess I can't edit that story any more, huh? And here you see it in tablet mode, which is simply perfect for reading ebooks, since you can read in sunlight or indoors equally well:

I picture myself standing in line at the bank, reading away, or sitting on the beach. They're sorta waterproof, I think. Designed for sand storms. That says beach to me.

He gave us this instruction on how to get the laptop into tablet mode:

Flip the screen around and close it - leaving display like tablet. The game keys move the screen up and down. Left to TOP. Right to Bottom.

May not be a design feature, but MOVING the XO (shaking it, squeezing it) also scrolls down! ??

Haven't even gotten out of backlight mode yet - and all is VERY readable.

Enough on this - must go off line to PLAY!

This laptop must be mighty cute if he's squeezing it. I know. Some may be asking why anyone would shake a brand new laptop, but if you're asking, you might not be a geek.

: )

Of course, that wasn't the end. He couldn't stay offline. He was back minutes later to tell us about the SD slot being externally available:

The SD's on the right bottom edge of the screen shell. To access, open screen vertical, twist 90 degrees, push SD up into screen frame. Wonderful!

I have this imaginary party in my mind, where we all get one of these laptops and have the Groklaw red dress party online, all on our OLPC laptops, connecting here, there, then there, around the globe, like media coverage of New Year's Eve. "This is so-and-so in California, having a grand time. We're celebrating the court's final order with champagne." "This is so-and-so, and I'm in the UK, where we're having rather a lot of warm beer." Of course, for me it's forever chocolates! I know, it's not warm; it's room temperature. Just teasing. In my imagination we could at least sequentially connect around the globe, and although it's just my imagination, wouldn't it be great if we could do that? Here's just the screen in tablet mode:

Looks great to me. One thing's for sure. I'll never be able to hide out at tech conferences any more, if I bring a green XO laptop. We'll all instantly find each other.

Hey, nothing wrong with that. Just don't give any to Darl and his merry men, 'kay?

Actually, not to worry. They'd probably never be able to figure out how to get them open. Joke. Joke.

Everyone else can order until December 31st. And if you or your group order 100 or more, you get to say where they are to be sent, according to this page. You can also just donate $200 and send a laptop to a child. But who can resist buying two and keeping one? A saint, maybe. Here's the page for saints.

You might enjoy to visit this video, a talk by Hans Rosling, "New insights on poverty and life around the world" and here's the description:

In a follow-up to his now-legendary TED2006 presentation, Hans Rosling demonstrates how developing countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He shows us the next generation of his Trendalyzer software -- which analyzes and displays data in amazingly accessible ways, allowing people to see patterns previously hidden behind mountains of stats. (Ten days later, he announced a deal with Google to acquire the software.) He also demos Dollar Street, a program that lets you peer in the windows of typical families worldwide living at different income levels. Be sure to watch straight through to the (literally) jaw-dropping finale.

Did you notice the role of culture? And the importance of information to get beyond survival levels? And here's another of his talks, Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen:

You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world" using extraordinary animation software developed by his Gapminder Foundation. The Trendalyzer software (recently acquired by Google) turns complex global trends into lively animations, making decades of data pop. Asian countries, as colorful bubbles, float across the grid -- toward better national health and wealth. Animated bell curves representing national income distribution squish and flatten. In Rosling's hands, global trends -- life expectancy, child mortality, poverty rates -- become clear, intuitive and even playful.

Do take a look. It will hold you back from leaving comments about sending rice instead of laptops, I think.

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