OLPC or OTPC it still isn’t a good idea

My latest SlashGear column looks at the latest news from the OLPC folks, the promised $75 tabelt due at CES. We can debate whether you think the whole concept is a good idea or not. At this point though the OLPC folks have shown little capability to do what they set out to do. It’s classic over promise and under deliver.

It’s hard not to appreciate what the OLPC folks are trying to do. It’s aspirational. It’s inspirational. It’s noble. They’re not in this for fortune, fame or glory but the desire to help people. It’s hard to criticize that. It is, however, perhaps time to realize that this is turning into a tremendous waste of time and resources that could be better spent elsewhere. I’m tired of the press reporting on one more initiative and program reboot as if there was something of substance. Perhaps I’m wrong and we’ll see come January, but as far as I’m concerned it’s time for the OLPC organization to be quiet for a change. When you’ve really got something real to deliver, let’s talk. Until then, this is just more hype and vapor of the worst kind.

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