FG Orders 1m Laptops for Children At N13bn

FG Orders 1m Laptops for Children At N13bn

Postby Richard Akindele » Thu Jul 13, 2006 4:44 am

Nigeria has paid for one million, $100 a piece Laptops computers designed by One Laptop per Child (OLPC), first announced by Lab co-founder Nicholas Negroponte, now chairman of OLPC, at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland in January 2005.

Meanwhile, Nigeria will be the first country to host the much acclaimed Digital World Conference in which not less than thirty countries, big telecom and ICT firms will attend.

These were announced by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Engr. Ernest Ndukwe at a press conference in Abuja.

"The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in collaboration with the Growing Businesses Foundation (GBF) and the TT30 Club of Rome, is hosting the Digital World Conference 2006 for the first time in Africa at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja from September 12 -- 13, 2006. The theme of the forthcoming conference is "ICTs for Education and Development." he said. "This is in consonance with our vision which aims to create an information rich environment in the country. " The Commission believes that preparing the future of Nigeria is to educate the young generation. Today, about seventy percent of the Nigerian population is younger than twenty-five years old and "therein lies the richness of our country".

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$100 laptops to test in Thailand

Postby Richard Akindele » Sun Jul 23, 2006 2:27 pm

Davos (dpa) - The first low-cost laptops aimed at closing the digital divide between industrial nations and the developing world are to be released for testing in Egypt, Nigeria, India, China, Thailand, Brazil and Argentina, according to a recent announcement.

The initiative to provide the laptops selling at a price of $100 each was initiated by internet visionary Nicholas Negroponte at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland in 2005.

The "One laptop per Child" (olpc) project is directed mainly at school-children in developing countries. The initiative recently presented 15 orange-coloured prototypes of the plastic computers.

Around 500 prototypes are to be tested in the coming weeks in the respective countries. The laptops will not be sold on the market and only be available from non-governmental organisations, the olpc said.
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Postby Richard Akindele » Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:07 am

This thing is a joke.
It looks like a kid toy.
It doesn't seem to have a trackpad. That means kids have to log a mouse around to use the laptop. A true laptop should not need a mouse.

There are better options for providing computers to kids. I did a quick search online, and found a website (http://www.pcsurplusonline.com/), offering refurbished units for $34.99 Image

Just install linux on that, and you have a fully functioning computer for only $34.99.

Also, a better option can be purchased for as little as $250, such as: DELL Latitude C600 PIII 850MHz 256MB RAM 20GB HD CD-ROM

I also heard that this $100 computer may actually cost up to $140 when it's finally released. The $100 price tag is just an estimate at this time.

The person or group in the Nigerian government who made the decision to spend $100 million dollars on this crap should be chastised and booted off the job for incompetence.
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Postby Richard Akindele » Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:24 am

Rather than spend $100 million on useless laptops, how about taking care of first things first, such as providing stable electricity.

How about spending that money to build solar powered street lights? Or spend it to run fibre optic cables all over a few cities? Fibre cables can carry all kinds of signals such as cable tv, radio, Internet, etc.

That would be a more justifiable way to spend our financial resources.
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