The laptops for third world students initiative is now getting started.

Actually, the price of these laptops, which are simplified laptops made rugged so they can be used in third world countries, now are priced at about two hundred dollars a piece, but now if you buy one for the child in your life, the organization will donate another in your name

Between November 12 and November 26, OLPC is offering a Give One Get One program in North America. 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. $200 of your donation is tax-deductible…

and as a bonus, T Mobile hotspot will give you a free year of internet access…

The laptops are rugged, small, and can be powered by foot or other ways for villages with irregular or no electrical connections. It can also be recharged by a car battery.

It uses a flash type memory drive instead of the hard drive which always is prone to crash or be destroyed by power surges.

So for geeks, you might want to look into this as a holiday gift from you or your gift.

Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines.

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