Incidentally, if you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out the One Laptop Per Child website.
The reality is while no one can dispute the incredible potential of the OLPC, few have been able to take advantage. Like bigfoot, many claim to have caught a glimpse, but few have actually laid hands on the thing. In fact, the official release of the laptop on Amazon isn't until November 17th of this year. And even then, the starting price of $199 doubles because of a required donation of a second laptop to an undeveloped country.What are the other options?
The Asus Eee PC has been around for a little over a year, but it has just now made its way to the shelves of Target and Best Buy stores. It's an incredible little laptop - despite a measly 4GB hard drive and a 7 inch screen. It runs on a version of Xandros Linux which means the overall cost is lower due to the absence of proprietary software licenses.
Think of the educational possibilities of a fully-functional laptop that carries no overhead software costs, and is small and portable enough to tuck into a book bag. Think of it this way - under $9000 for an entire class set of laptops. Now that's potential.
So much potential, in fact, that I've decided to conduct my own little experiment. I am now the proud owner of an Asus Eee PC 900 laptop. There is some apprehension as to just how productive a laptop of this size could actually be. So for the next 100 days, I intend to find out by only using my Eee. That means no other laptops, no desktops, and no Windows operating systems. I made another blog to document my Eee-xperiment. Come visit! http://theeeepcexperiment.blogspot.com
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