The Netbook Effect: How Cheap Little Laptops Hit the Big Time

Clive Thompson, Wired, Feb 26, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The One Laptop Per Child project will most likely be remembered for the revolution in computing it caused rather than for the computer itself. "Jepsen's design trickled up. In the process of creating a laptop to satisfy the needs of poor people, she revealed something about traditional PC users. They didn't want more out of a laptop-they wanted less." It's also worth noting that this was a case where an investment in education (not military or space) resulted in wider social and technological spin-offs.
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