. . . Thursday December 27, 2007

Give One, Get One (plus wi-fi)

If you’re looking for a good way to round out your charitable giving year (and to score a pretty cool deal for yourself), head over to the Give One Get One offer that is part of the One Laptop Per Child program.

From now through December 31, 2007, OLPC is offering a Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. This is the first time the revolutionary XO laptop has been made available to the general public. For a donation of $399, one XO laptop will be sent to empower a child in a developing nation and one will be sent to the child in your life in recognition of your contribution.

You don’t necessarily have to give the laptop to a child in your life either (you can always just keep it for yourself or throw it into the cage of a programmer you’re looking to tame in the new year). It’s a cool little linux box that should be fun to play with (I just ordered mine) and and it comes with a free year of T-Mobile hotspot access (which would run you more than 200 bucks if you bought it over the counter).

Best of all, some kid with less than nothing will be getting his or her laptop in early 2008. In many villages, at night, the only lights you can see are the screens of these laptops that provide a connection to the rest of world. It’s a cool program and this is cool way to be a part of it.

Concentration is important!