Price Of The $100 Laptop Going In The Wrong Direction

from the isn't-technology-supposed-to-get-cheaper? dept

I'll admit it. I've never quite understood the rationale behind the $100 laptop (or OLPC or whatever it's being called these days). Yes, it's a noble goal to get technology into the hands of people around the world with the hope that they can do something productive with it -- but a big top down attempt to build something without much actual user feedback seems destined to fail. At the same time, we've noted that the market seems to be doing a pretty damn good job on its own of driving the price of computers down such that a special project may not make as much sense. So it's a bit amusing to now find out that while computer prices are dropping the price of the "$100 laptop" keeps rising. In fact, the price is now $200 per laptop, showing a rather rapid climb. The $100 laptop was never actually $100. Back in February, project backers said it would be $150. In April, they bumped the price up to $176. Just two weeks ago, they said it would be $188... and now it's $200. And we thought technology was supposed to drop in price over time. Perhaps if they'd acted more like a startup from the beginning things would be moving in the right direction.

Filed Under: $100 laptop, nicholas negroponte, olpc


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 1 Nov 2007 @ 6:27pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Back to the drawing board,

    I'm the kind of facist who believes someone with no input of time or money into a project should have no right to dictate the goal or direction of a project.
    Who's dictating? Having on opinion certainly isn't dictating. However, declaring that other people have no right to their own opinion sure sounds like a trait of a dictator to me.

    You must be an American,
    I'd sure like to know what country you're from where they don't think people should be allowed their own opinions. Care to tell us or are you too ashamed?

    Knowing nothing about the project or it's history...
    Not only do you believe others have no right to an opinion of their own, you seem to be a blatant liar to boot. Not surprising.

    giving nothing of yourself to the project
    If it's based on Linux, then there a good possibility that it's got some of my work in it.

    I'll take being a facist over being assuming [sic] the role of all powerful American dictator.
    It sounds rather like you aspire to be both, actually. Is the OLPC project full of people like you?

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