Monday, April 21, 2008


Bad news seems plentiful for the OLPC program:

As reported by Slashdot:

"Many participants in OLPC's 'Give 1 Get 1' program of last November are now encountering what has come to be known as the 'stuck key' problem, in which one or more of the keys on their XO-1 laptop's built-in keyboard become stuck in an activated position, or are activated when adjacent keys are pressed. As of January 30th, the official word from OLPC is that the root cause of this problem is unknown because 'there are several manufacturers of the keyboards.' [message from OLPC spokesperson] - 'So far we don't know of any _reliable_ method of fixing the keyboard or the exact root cause.'

It is unknown just how widespread this problem currently is, as the 30-day manufacturer's warranty has already expired for most G1G1 participants. The OLPC forums are full of reports. OLPC is currently deploying the XO-1 to children in Mongolia and Peru, as well as other developing nations. If OLPC is actively deploying units with known, critical hardware bugs, without a dedicated support infrastructure in place, to children who have never seen a computer before, should they still be considered to be a responsible organization?"


It appears OLPC executives are resigning left and right .... my inferred reason? It's a sinking ship!


It appears as if the OLPC program will have to recall or pay significant licensing for the keyboards contained on all laptops distributed in Africa due to a lawsuit - even if they are defective!

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It will be interesting to see how a "non-company" can fix an issue like a recall. This is where Apple with Apple Stores and specialists worldwide or any PC manufacturer with retail and mom pop fixit shops will make the difference. My state of South Carolina has been considering the OLPC laptop for children in my state - I hope they see stories like these to make them reconsider.

Hit the OLPC tag below to get more of my opinion on the OLPC program.

* OLPC (One Laptop Per Child)

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