Comments on: Intel Leaves OLPC Hanging http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/ Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:28:28 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 By: Yousuf http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62364 Sat, 05 Jan 2008 22:32:04 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62364 I am surprised that Intel and OLPC lasted together this long. According to other stories, Intel used its position in the OLPC board simply as a sales pitch for its own laptop. It would go into a meeting and tell them, “the OLPC is unsuitable for your country, because …, and we should know because we sit on the OLPC board of directors”. I don’t think Intel ever had any intention of helping OLPC, it just wanted to get insider information on the project so that they can better compete against it. It’s a bit like McDonald’s sitting on the board of the World Food Program so that it can setup McDonald’s restaurants in a starvation area. Except McDonald’s wouldn’t be so evil, but apparently Intel is.

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By: Christina Warren http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62363 Sat, 05 Jan 2008 12:11:33 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62363 I dunno, Intel is hardly an angelic company (AMD isn’t either for that matter), but something about the OLPC project has always had a funny smell to it. I remember first reading about the project (Fortune Magazine, the first December ’05 issue IIRC) and having high hopes for its potential, but Negroponte appears to have been a better salesman to first-world journalists than to developing countries, and that is one of the major reasons this project has failed to take off. But even the countries that are buying them don’t necessarily have the infrastructure set-up to support the units – and Negroponte still hasn’t even remotely addressed those concerns – which makes it hard for me to take him seriously.

Plus, I remember back at the very beginning of the OLPC pitch (before the product existed, and again, I’m paraphrasing from that same Fortune piece), that Negroponte talked about selling a higher-end version to western markets to help subsidize the third-world version. Basically, the EEE. Instead of pursuing that, they scarped that plan for this really unattractive “get one, give one” campaign to try to make up for the fact that they still can’t get costs to that magic $100 level.

And maybe it’s just me – but I think Intel has a much better chance of reaching that $100 goal than OLPC has of staying in business past next year.

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By: Lorenzo http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62362 Sat, 05 Jan 2008 07:25:05 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62362 AMD FTW!

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By: x24motox http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62361 Sat, 05 Jan 2008 07:21:40 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62361 if you compare the prices the asus eee is a better deal i want one

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By: Rockforce http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62360 Sat, 05 Jan 2008 07:21:27 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62360 That seems ridiculous to me. When I heard about it my stomach turned. Intel makes enough money as it is. 1000 USD for a quad core cpu would seem to be enough. That OLPC was a fantastic idea and intel did a big dent. Hopefully AMD makes it up.

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By: PaperClip http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62359 Sat, 05 Jan 2008 07:20:27 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62359 I really think that Intel shouldn’t have done this as well…it just seems that it wasn’t a really bright thing for them to do.

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By: Vince Bognot http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62358 Sat, 05 Jan 2008 07:14:35 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62358 I really do not like those LapTops. Those laptops aren’t windows or mac. So there not for me!

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By: cb14 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62357 Sat, 05 Jan 2008 07:11:59 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62357 I read about the whole OLPC thing. There seem like really cool little laptops and for only about $100 there not to bad. I can believe that intel would pull out.

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By: Patrik kiss http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62356 Sat, 05 Jan 2008 06:03:51 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62356 Intel chips in OLPC Machines? Thats kinda of a stupid idea in my opinion, there trying to make it more affordable, I understand where they are coming from but still use some cheaper chip, wouldnt be worth it.

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By: lopagof http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62355 Sat, 05 Jan 2008 05:49:10 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/01/04/intel-leaves-olpc-hanging/#comment-62355 The eee pcs are great for school/business, for the price you pay you get a bargain

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