Category Archives: OLPC

OLPC admin is non-obvious…

So I’ve had the OLPC for a couple of weeks. I love it but there is something worrying me at the back of my mind. Last night as the latest 180Mb of bug fixes for the MacBook arrived it hit me.

There is no way for the OLPC to be low maintenance.

Let me explain. Apparently, there is a firmware update but I’m unsure which one and how to apply it. I’m sure that the response is on the Wiki but it’s not clear where I should look.

I’ve updated to build 656 of the OS (I think) but that took a couple of hours of hunting and understanding.  Once I’d found it and understood it was easy but it took a while. I’ve a friend in the US and he needs to update for his wi-fi connection to work. I can’t say to him launch the OLPC and press button X.

All this reminds me a bit of my Windows PC at home. I spend hours working (after all it’s work) on the PC ensuring that it works, is backed up, and up-to-date.

The OLPC misses an idiot option; not because its users are idiots but because not everyone has the time to invest in keeping up to date.

I know that the response from the project will be that this isn’t intended to be a consumer product. They’re right. However, not ever user in the field is going to have the time either from day one. I think there is a possibility that you’re making the learning curve too steep.

All this said. I love my OLPC (or is it my daughters?)

Be careful what you name your OLPC…

First issue that I had was getting online.


Because I’d given the OLPC and the Wi-Fi router the same name! Changed the name of the router (couldn’t work out how to change the OLPC name) and it worked in seconds.

Mines in the post!!!

I was one of the owners of a missing OLPC. However, now it seems that it’s in the post.

For more information on the “scandal” of a non-profit having teething trouble…

Robert X. Cringely® | InfoWorld | OLPC: Desperately seeking St. Nick | January 28, 2008 06:36 AM | By Robert X. Cringely

Seriously, I’m not in a hurry. The comments are great.

OLPC spin-off…

This just gets more and more interesting by the day…

Former OLPC CTO aims to create $75 laptop | InfoWorld | News | 2008-01-09 | By Agam Shah, IDG News Service

How about a cheap eBook using OLPC technology?

More OLPC…

OLPC’s Negroponte seeks truce with Intel and deal with Microsoft | Between the Lines |

The longer that this drags on the more it hurts Intel and Microsoft. At the moment they look like they played hardball with a charity. In the short-term they’ll win but in the long term they be hurt; it’s Netscape vs. Microsoft all over again.