Nicholas Negroponte of OLPC
If not, let me refresh your memory. In Nicholas Negroponte's OLPC Analyst Meeting presentation, he said:
"...the countries were told just a few minutes ago in the other room, May 30th is their deadline.And now it's June 4th and we still don't know who will be in the first round of participating countries. Dr. Negroponte didn't announce it as his Berkman Center speech, and didn't tell Ethan Zuckerman in a follow-on email about it. Nor are they listed in Walter Bender's Community News, or on the OLPC Wiki.
That's the first deadline, and you know this isn't a sales and marketing job where you know when you come you come. This is it, the train leaves. It's looking like a closing, you know if you're having a round of funding, it closes on such and such a date. If it's over-subscribed, it's over-subscribed. If it's under-subscribed you shoot yourself, or whatever.
The point is, it has a real date. We'll all know May 30th"
While we all wait with bated breath, others are not. In a proclamation reminiscent of the fanciful Indian $10 laptop, none other than Venezuela President Hugo Chávez is declaring his intention to create a low-cost pc for distribution to citizens in South America.
Hugo Chávez: pro OLPC?
If Nicholas Negroponte doesn't have his 3 million computer OLPC production "trigger" yet, he might do well to talk sense into President Chávez.
Like Muammar al-Qaddafi of Libya, Chavez could use the OLPC XO as a humanitarian donation to neighboring countries, helping him be seen as regional statesmen. That is unless he later reduces his order if the XO computer price goes up.
No matter how deep his involvement, Hugo Chavez could not do better than One Laptop Per Child in developing clock-stopping hot computer technology.