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My (daughter’s) OLPC laptop has arrived

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My–actually my daughter’s–XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child Project has arrived and a few things were striking: Its size (built for kids), the software interface, which is very intuitive, and the realization that this tool is designed for children–not adults. In other words, dad needs to step aside and see how the XO does with the kids.

That last point shouldn’t be a shocker, but my hunch is techies could be disillusioned. Why? The keyboard is tough on the hands (at least mine) and I did run into a WEP-key issue–that on further review was user error. However, I did find myself pining for a little more instruction at first.

But any gripes from adults are misplaced. Robin Harris the other day nails this point (blog focus, all resources). The big takeaway: The XO is designed for children. Get over it.

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