Bridging the digital divide – OLPC or Intel Classmate?

February 4, 2008 at 9:14 am | Posted in learning | 4 Comments
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While I was sufficiently familiar with the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project, I have only heard now about the Intel Classmate Project which is currently focusing on Nigeria. The BBC was so kind as to put together a list of videos exploring the benefits of OLPC and Classmate.

OLPC Classmate

The Indian Auto-Dwarf: A Car for € 1700 (!)

February 4, 2008 at 12:01 am | Posted in India | 6 Comments
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This news item has received mixed reactions: Indian truck and car manufacturers Tata have finally unveiled their 1-lakh-car, the Tata Nano. 1 lakh means 100,000 Rupies, means 2,500 US Dollars, means 1,700 Euros.
Tata Nano Standard
Quite impressive. I have never been able to afford a car (and for most of my life it didn’t make sense to have one anyway), yet even for double the price I’d be tempted. I am hardly going to be the only one – environmentalists in India are already worried, and so is Maharashtra Home Minister Patil: “If everyone buys the small car, where will they keep it? Where will they drive it?”


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