Give one laptop, get one sooner or later
If you donated an XO device to the OLPC with the expectation of getting one back for yourself, you've probably been on hold for several months amid shipping snafus.
The One Laptop Per Child organization's "Give One, Get One" program has hit a few snags in recent weeks, as donors are apparently having trouble getting their end of the bargain to come together.
The program offered fans of the XO laptop a chance toto a needy child and one to themselves.
Harry McCracken, editor in chief of PC World, is still waiting for his XO laptop. He was one of the first to participate in the promotion, donating $400 to the OLPC on November 12.
Originally, the OLPC told McCracken that he'd have his XO by Christmas, but that got pushed into January, and now representatives tell him he "might have good news in February."
PC World did a more in-depth story on the problems the OLPC is having fulfilling the second part of the "Give One, Get One" program. An OLPC representative said the organization is prioritizing shipments of XO laptops to needy countries, which probably makes sense. But the laptops are in short supply, and issues with addressing and order tracking have compounded the problems.
before New Year's Day, so some shipments are apparently making it through, but the whole affair is another example of the OLPC's rough start to its charitable venture.
The price of the XO laptop has risen steadily, the, and founder over the right of OLPC members to market their own low-cost laptops to the world's developing nations.