Update: This is it! Today is the start of One Laptop Per Child "$100 laptop" production! Pablo Flores caught it first:
According to what Walter Bender said today in the inauguration of the OLPC Learning Workshop that is being held this week in Boston, right in this moment is starting the mass production of XO laptops. Initially, it is expected to have a production of 15,000 laptops per week, which will be accelerated afterwards.Quanta Computer is in fact building XO computers:
And no matter if Mary Lou Jepsen questions the very concept of high-volume computer assembly, check out who is on the Changshu XO-1 mass production assembly line.
I do hope production does ramp up quickly. Today I called the toll-free G1G1 number: 1-877-70-LAPTOP and found out exactlywhen OLPC's telemarketers are going to start taking XO-1 sales orders. She says they will start taking XO laptop sales orders starting at 8pm Eastern Standard Time.
Now why would OLPC pick such an odd hour to start G1G1? Where in the world is 8pm Eastern Time convenient for people to manage the incoming orders? How about Taipei, Taiwan, the headquarters of Quanta Computer? There it would be 9am on Tuesday morning.
But Quanta and OLPC still have a problem - neither is a consumer laptop retailer even if Quanta builds laptops for retailers. So who is going to manage the actual sales process - order fulfillment from Taiwan to Texas?