"Staff members of the laptop project were concerned that American children might try the pared-down machines and find them lacking compared to their Apple, Hewlett-Packard or Dell laptops.Now let's think about that a minute. Do you mean to tell me that OLPC was afraid of initial childrens' reviews of XO technology? That their award-winning design, which Nicholas Negroponte believes would create an implementation miracle, might be panned by children bloggers? Isn't open communication, a crowd sourced CNN, the very goal of One Laptop Per Child?
Then, in this era of immediate global communications, they might post their criticisms on Web sites and blogs read around the world, damaging the reputation of the XO Laptop, the project staff worried."
Before One Laptop Per Child starts to fear the effects of child bloggers, I'd like to take this opportunity to reassure Professor Negroponte and the entire OLPC development team that in fact, the XO laptop is a revolution in computing.
When given the choice between the XO and his current PC, Nicholas naturally chose the latter. When asked whether he would rather use the XO or his Leapster handheld learning system, he chose the Leapster.So Negroponte and his team should choose to worry more about savvy adult bloggers than children, who will be victorious no matter the XO laptop press.
But when given the choice between the XO and nothing, he was okay with the XO. And since that's the choice facing the potential recipients of the XO, that may be enough of a victory.