For $150, Third-World Laptop Stirs a Big Debate

J J azreal1977 at
Fri Dec 1 22:11:56 UTC 2006

>From: Blake <blake at>
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>list<squeak-dev at>
>To: "The general-purpose Squeak developers 
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>Subject: Re: For $150, Third-World Laptop Stirs a Big Debate
>Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2006 13:29:36 -0800
>On Fri, 01 Dec 2006 11:47:04 -0800, Darius Clarke <socinian at>  
>>To get a better view of history _and_ the future... replace the words
>>"computer" & "laptop" with either of the words "book" or "codex" and
>>see how history repeats itself.
>>Would you agree Alan Kay?
>That was my exact thought.
>I love reading the Slashdot crowd whenever--WHENEVER--the OLPC comes up.
>Talk about not being able to see anything beyond one's preconceived  
>The brickbats thrown by Intel and MS seem entirely based on them not being  
>involved. Predictably childish.

And predictably stupid.  As Bill Gates and Co. have no concerns in this 
world other then money, the best thing that could possibly happen for them 
is for more of the world to get educated and start producing wealth (which 
turns into money sooner or later, and windows/intel is largely the only real 
alternative for personal computing at the moment).  But instead they focus 
on the fact that they don't get to tax *this* transaction.

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