OLPC Official Challenges Michael Dell

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-07-14 Print this article Print

Walter Bender, the One Laptop Per Child program's director of software, said he invites Dell CEO Michael Dell to help figure out how to better use 125 million computers that are discarded annually.

Walter Bender, the One Laptop Per Child programs director of software, told DesktopLinux.com on July 13 that he invites Dell Computer founder and CEO Michael Dell to help figure out how to better use 125 million computers that are discarded annually because they are archaic.

Bender was responding to statements by Dell, who said earlier this week that he doesnt think that making inexpensive laptops for underprivileged kids is very helpful. The so-called $100 laptops the OLPC is building and distributing "wont be powerful enough to make much of a difference in their lives," Dell said.
"The issue is not so much what does it cost, but what does it do," Dell said during a question-and-answer session with customers and finalists of the Dell/National Federation of Independent Business Small-Business Excellence Award.
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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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