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Topic: OLPC vs. CP4E
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Kirby Urner

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Posted: May 1, 2007 11:20 AM
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There's been some feather ruffling lately over the fact
that the One Laptop Per Child project (OLPC) is failing
to reach it's $100 per unit goal, is hovering closer to
$175 these days, per recent Slashdot postings.

The calculator-based math teachers may be snickering
over this failure, as a $100 laptop designed specifically
for technical curricula (e.g. pre-engineering) would put
a big dent in the TI market share.

But I just wanted to reassure the gnu math teachers out
there that CP4E != OLPC, by which I mean: Guido's
original DARPA-funded Computer Programming for Everybody
never targeted any specific hardware, but was instead
focussed on a specific computer language, namely Python.

CP4E is still language-centric, not tied to some ever-
receding pot of gold at the end of the proverbial
rainbow (e.g. some $100 laptop computer).

So don't be demoralized. I know a lot of us have already
plans to fan out across the country this summer, in
our various "bizmos" (RV type rigs with ed biz
credentials -- better at tax time). We've been building
our kits, assembling our materials.

Having the new OLPC models to show and tell about was
much on the minds of at least a few of us -- and that
may still happen, even in 2007. But don't hold your
breath. CP4E rolls on either way.

I'll see you (some of you) on the road. I was sorry to
miss Cochella last year. Maybe we'll see ya at Camp I Am (another inspiration for the Earthala Project).


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