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OLPC announces production delays for XO laptop

When the non-profit group One Laptop per Child Foundation first announced it intended to build an ultra-low cost laptop for children in developing nations, the plan struck a chord with many fans of technology. The target price for what came to be known as the XO Laptop was $100.

Recently price increases have forced the string-pulley powered XO laptop from the originally planned $100 price tag to a cost of $175. Shortly after the first price increase the One Laptop per Child Foundation announced another price increase bringing the planned $100 laptop to a price of $188. With the last price increase to $188, the foundation also announced that prices for the XO laptop would vary by country.

Now, Yahoo! News is reporting that production of the XO laptop has been delayed. The XO was supposed to head to manufacturing in a Chinese plant in October, which didn’t happen. Production is now reportedly scheduled to begin on November 12 according to Mary Lou Jepsen, CTO for the One Laptop per Child Foundation.

Jepsen told Reuters, “We had some last-minute bugs. We've resolved them." The foundation had expected to produce 100,000 XO laptops this year. This delay will make meeting shipment deadlines to Peru and Uruguay, the first countries to order the XO difficult.

The delay will also make it difficult to get enough laptops to the United States for the planned Give 1 Get 1 promotion over the holidays were you could buy an XO Laptop for $400 and provide a second machine to a child overseas. The foundation will begin accepting orders for the XO Laptop on November 12.

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"Affect" vs "Effect"
By Mil on 10/25/2007 5:56:01 PM , Rating: 2
I think you mean 'affect' not 'effect' in the headline.

RE: "Affect" vs "Effect"
By shaw on 10/26/2007 8:40:15 AM , Rating: 2
I think it's 'effect' because the delays have a caused a shortage on availability.

I wouldn't say it influenced availability unless the article was about say kermit green's affect on availability because nobody likes green.

RE: "Affect" vs "Effect"
By TomZ on 10/26/2007 9:21:40 AM , Rating: 2
In my opinion, the headline could arguably either be "affect" or "effect." In cases like this where ambuiguity exists (or where it would cause all kinds of commenting here), I believe the best course of action is to avoid the situation alltogether and use some other word there.

RE: "Affect" vs "Effect"
By Rogie on 10/26/2007 2:47:23 PM , Rating: 2
It's not 'effect' because 'effect' means to accomplish or bring about something, and the delays surely did not bring about 'availability'. Change 'availability' to 'shortages' and then you can leave 'effect' in there, but even then, 'affect availability' sounds better than 'effect shortages'.

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