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Kids heart OLPC (no matter what the critics say) | by Tim & Selena Middleton
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Kids heart OLPC (no matter what the critics say)

The One Laptop Per Child project designed these revolutionary little computers way back around 2006, started producing them around 2007, and made some available to the public in 2008 (if you were willing to buy two of them, and donate one back to the project). Though Istra was only 3 at the time, I went for the deal: to support the lofty project, and to get a cool device.


All these years later, Istra (now 5 years old) still plays with her OLPC -- proud to have her "very own laptop". Lately she mostly uses it to run Tux Paint (a simple paint program with stamps and magic!), and to go online and play starfall (a flash-based web site with games teaching kids how to read).


The OLPC is slow and a bit annoying for us adults -- but Istra is favoring it over our big fast computer for doing her stuff these days. And I hate to have to afflict the poor little thing with flash to play Starfall. But it's hers. She loves it.


In is picture we also see Emeth, only 3 years old, showing Istra where the button she is looking for in Tux Paint is. He loves Tux Paint as well. And he actually somehow knows where all the letters are on a keyboard, or buttons on a UI, faster and more absolutely than Istra quite often.


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Taken on October 4, 2010