Archive for January, 2008

meeting xo

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

I got an xo laptop on the give-one-get-one program for my friend Juan Ernesto. I received it yesterday. The cute little gadget has come a long way since I first wrote about it in this journal, and I have to say I’m satisfied with the result. The user interface is as oddly different as it is easy to figure out, and its petite proportions remind me of the first computer I ever had, a Timex Sinclair 1000 I actually bought from my same friend Juan Ernesto around 1982. However, the xo laptop features way more than my old Timex: mesh networking, web browsing, wiki style logging, musical instruments and embedded video capture, just to name a few. The neighborhood view and the activity based application design are perhaps what I find more impressive; it was nice to turn it on here at the Media Lab, and immediately find a network of other laptops with people I could start interacting with. I wonder what it must be for a child to use one of these things. Even if I still can’t see how the olpc will adapt to other, underdeveloped cultural environments, I think it might be a good thing in this brave new world of ours. If it wasn’t so damn slow that is.