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Link Changes[edit]

Changed some software links to Wikipedia references. Is it better to leave them as Appropedia links and create pages that link to the Wikipedia reference?
--Kinzer 12:46, 6 September 2006 (PDT)
Thanks! Re leaving them as Appropedia links - no, definitely better as you've done it. --Singkong2005 (now known as Chriswaterguy) talk 01:21, 7 September 2006 (PDT)

competing with wiki.laptop.org?[edit]

I added a link to the OLPC (one laptop per child) site, where they have an entire wiki dedicated to this question. Is it meaningful to also have an effort here? --CurtB 18:35, 21 October 2006 (PDT)

If they are open to having a page on the broader issue of "low cost computers," (rather than just the recently renamed Children's Machine) then you're right, that would be a better place to do it. Do you want to ask them? --Singkong2005 (now known as Chriswaterguy) · talk 16:40, 24 October 2006 (PDT)
On further reflection, I agree. Once I got a better understanding that the Children's Machine was a defeatured machine, then I realized it was addressing a different problem. One interesting thought is, what happens to the market when the defeatured machine comes out? If we are all really web-based (Microsoft's worst fear) maybe PC's go away? After all, my critical applications are now google, MediaWiki and gmail. Hmm. But that's a topic for a different place and time. --CurtB 17:00, 24 October 2006 (PDT)
I still think that transwikiing it to their wiki would be a good idea, if they're open to it. For one thing, a "Low cost computer guide" at that site should attract more attention.
Re web-based applications... yes, this is changing, but the "network PC" that was talked about in the 90s seemed like a bad idea then, and I think the concept still relies too heavily on the reliability of the network. The Children's Machine still operates as a PC, so if they're in a village with no internet connection but they have some applications, and information loaded on (e.g. from Wikipedia), then it's still useful. --Singkong2005 (now known as Chriswaterguy) · talk 17:52, 24 October 2006 (PDT)

Link or Wikipedia template?[edit]

Re Curt's question in the edit summary (October 24, 2006):

fixed more "$100 laptop" links. Add Wikipedia template for that?

If there's a paragraph or more on a topic like this, the {{wikipedia p}} template is good. Otherwise, I think an inline link as in the present article might be better. --Singkong2005 (now known as Chriswaterguy) · talk 16:40, 24 October 2006 (PDT)

In this case, I was really thinking of highlighting the presence of the wikipedia article. Having a blue link, it's not obvious that it's wikipedia, which I, for one, regard as more provocative than the idea that there might be a separate $100 Appropedia page... Even though we don't replicate (I guess?) much content from the Wikipedia page, we do have about 5 references to $100 laptop... --CurtB 17:03, 24 October 2006 (PDT)
It does mention at the top of the list that the links are from Wikipedia... but be bold, and see how it looks if it's done differently.
I've posted a comment/question on this at Appropedia talk:Policy discussion#Linking to Wikipedia & other wikis. --Singkong2005 (now known as Chriswaterguy) · talk 17:52, 24 October 2006 (PDT)

The VacuumPacked Computer[edit]

The "VacuumPacked Computer", a conceptual project by Allen Wong, was the winner of the 2002 Global Civil Society Laptop contest from the Viridian Movement.

http://viridianrepository.com/GlobalCivil/
http://www.viridiandesign.org/About.htm

- The Vacuum Packed Computer is not (yet) ready for the real world, but might be a source of inspiration.

-- Writtenonsand 16:45, 17 February 2008 (PST)

Changes and More information[edit]

  • New LCD Monitors start at $100 and new CRT at around $70. Http://www.pricegrabber.com
  • Windows based PCs are not inherently less secure than Mac/Linux
  • I would not recommended any media drives if flash drives (pen drives ect.) are available as USB ports are standard on almost every motherboard.

-- Munimortal 16:21, 14 February 2011 (PST)