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New Year's newsletter : 2009 in review

Here is our first take on recent events at a glance, in a new, flexible format.  This alpha edition covers milestones from our work this past year - what better time to reflect than now, as 2009 draws to a close? We are sending this out as an update to our past supporters as well.  If you want to share this, or read it on a mobile device, you may find it easier to view it on laptop.org.Read the rest of this entry

New OLPC site in the works

Our design partners have been developing a new design for the OLPC website, one that draws in contributions from our partner and chapter sites around the world. I saw the latest designs this week, and loved them!  We'll have more updates about the site soon, once everyone's back from the Realness Summit and we've heard from Mike Massey, our new photo maven. The biggest change: we're going to convert the homepage from a big logo to a series of full-screen images from deployments, with background details and links to more information.Read the rest of this entry

OLPC Photographs

Photography is a powerful medium that conveys a message through an emotional and visceral impulse in the viewer.Read the rest of this entry

Apostle of the Apoxolypse: Derndorfer's wandering star

Christoph Derndorfer, widely known for his ministry to young XO pilots, fashion sense, and active speaking / writing / editing about OLPC, has recently kicked off a Latin American Tour.  (Todd Kelsey, where are your tour-badge-printing skills when we need them?)  He plans to visit all of our country partners in the region with significant deployments this summer, documenting his experience. Christoph's travel reports are enchanting.  Take for instance Read the rest of this entry

XO-2 in Black? Toshiba's new dual-touchscreen UMPC

Toshiba is releasing a Libretto W100 series of laptops this fall, taking after the XO-2 in form factor and design. It's great to see this make it to market. Unfortunately, the many interface niceties they have implemented seem to be written only for Windows for now.

OLPC South Asia takes flight

A network of South Asian OLPC deployments (including India, Sri Lanka and Nepal) are working together to share knowledge and outreach.Read the rest of this entry