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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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By modestninja on 10/25/2007 6:02:23 PM , Rating: 5
Please fix the title... The word is affect, not effect.

–verb (used with object)
10. to produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish; make happen: The new machines finally effected the transition to computerized accounting last spring.

–verb (used with object)
1. to act on; produce an effect or change in: Cold weather affected the crops.

RE: Grammar
By modestninja on 10/25/2007 6:02:47 PM , Rating: 1
Beat me to the punch!

RE: Grammar
By fk49 on 10/25/2007 6:14:30 PM , Rating: 3
The Grammar Nazis strike again..!

RE: Grammar
By Oregonian2 on 10/25/2007 7:54:50 PM , Rating: 2
This one is more than just broken grammar, the title makes no sense at all unless one mentally corrects it. There's a difference between badly said (which I do often, I'm afraid, and all the worse the more I edit) and things wrongly said.

RE: Grammar
By KFeldman on 10/25/2007 10:48:33 PM , Rating: 4
It's not a matter of grammar, it's semantics (or spelling). Both "effect" and "affect" can be verbs, but the verb used here means something completely different (exactly the opposite).

If interpreted as a verb, the title means "OLPC XO Laptop Production Delays [result in] Availability", which makes no sense.

And if it's interpreted as a noun, it'll be read as "OLPC XO Laptop Production causes a delay in the availability of Effect", making you wonder what kind of product is "Effect" and why it was delayed so the XO laptops could be produced.

RE: Grammar
By TomZ on 10/25/2007 7:25:50 PM , Rating: 2
Effect an Effect:

(work-safe link)

RE: Grammar
By aurareturn on 10/25/2007 11:10:02 PM , Rating: 2
Wow. Imagine if Rudy wrote for a professional paper. He'd be fired on the spot.

RE: Grammar
By TomZ on 10/26/2007 8:58:52 AM , Rating: 2
If you say so - I find many of his comics pretty funny. But it's all a matter of taste.

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