Getting some good karma (and a cool laptop for your kids) for the holidays…

Hey all…

Was looking for gift ideas this weekend and stumbled upon an article in the Laptop Magazine Gadget Gift Guide for 2007 (available on news stands now) about the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program and their Give 1 get 1 program.

OLPC

This is a great nonprofit organization dedicated to place a laptop (the XO laptop shown here) in the hand of every child in the developing world. This would help even out the disparity between developed and developing countries in the education received.

From November 12 to November 26 this year, folks in the US and Canada can purchase two laptops — one for you and one for a child in the developing world. How cool is that!

Cambodian schoolchildren using the XO laptop

Here’s the information from the XOGiving website:

Starting November 12, One Laptop Per Child will be offering a Give 1 Get 1 Program for a brief window of time in North America. For $399, you will be purchasing two XO laptops—one that will be sent to empower a child to learn in a developing nation, and one that will be sent to your child at home.

I encourage anyone looking for a laptop for their child who wants to make a difference in the world to look into this great program and see what you can do. I hope to do the same!

Thanks!
–Fitz

“Meme”-orizing Technology Tidbits… (Techmeme)

Hi all…

This term keep surfacing in my web surfing… Meme. According to Dictionary.com, the definition is:

a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.

There’s a cool service for us tech junkies called Techmeme.
Techmeme logo

Techmeme’s mission is as follows (according to the Techmeme About section):

At this moment, the next big story in technology may reside on a blog you’ve never heard of or a news site you don’t have time to scan.

So I built a software agent to surface these links in real time and the result is Techmeme, the site you’re visiting now.

Coverage is driven by a mix of industry insiders, passionate independents, and established journalists. So Techmeme gets the story no matter where it appears, and often days before it hits major sites.

Techmeme has consistently provided interesting stories from the forefront of technology… Today’s headlines include information about the iPhone, FCC, AOL, Google, Intel, AMD, Blogging… and so much more. It’s a feast for the mind for us techno-geeks.

And if that wasn’t enough, Techmeme also provides a leaderboard for the top sources for the information on their pages.

Techmeme Leaderboard Top 10

So if you’re a tech junkie like myself, you can keep abreast of what’s going on in the industry pretty easily by browsing the headlines here. Techmeme does an amazing job of transmitting these technological items repeatedly!

Until next time… Enjoy!

–Fitz