At this month’s OLPCLCDC meetup,
- Mike Lee showed us the BoGo solar lantern/flashlight he got. This Buy One, Give One program benefits people in developing countries, but some US troops in Iraq are also using them (batteries can be harder to come by in the field than sunlight, and these rechargeable batteries have an estimated life of 3-5 years even with daily use). Charge one up and get 6 hours of use!
- Three people responsible for a new OLPC Activity (package) that will help researchers record periodic audio presented The Lives of Laptops and Bees. Their energy, knowledge and giving spirit, and the feedback from attending, was exciting to experience.
I’m also happy about the new One Laptop Per Child Give One, Get One opportunity now available in Europe as well as the US via Amazon, but I’ve read plenty of blog entries about that already. Here are two:
- dsd’s entry about his trip to Ethiopia, seeing the laptops in action in kids’ hands, and how to order
- The unofficial OLPC News G1G1 Buyer’s Guide (who should G1G1 and who should not, and why)
Tangential to OLPC: I enjoyed this picture former OLPC-er Ivan Krstić posted about the “proper” use of quotation marks.
[Update: Mike Lee's OLPC XO and Bees write-up with links to video, photos, PPT]