I just signed up for the Give 1 Get 1 program with the One Laptop Per Child initiative. It's been a while coming, but the concept is fascinating: create a laptop rugged enough and cheap enough to be able to put one in the hands of any and every child in the world. There's a pretty good review of the resulting product at PC World.
The XO-1 laptop by the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative is a game-changer for disadvantaged children in developing countries. For a limited time you can benefit as well.
Uses very little energy to run. Preloaded with educational software. Wireless, with mesh networking. Flash-compatible browser preinstalled. Long-cycle LiFePO4 battery. Rugged construction. Easy to service.
Not compatible with store-bought Windows or Mac OS programs. Sluggish flash performance. Much less compelling for adults. Business model isn't consumer-oriented (shipping, customer support). You can't specify where your donated computer goes, unless you donate a lot. For experienced computer users, requires learning a new way of doing things. You must act before December 31, 2007 if you want one for yourself.
Very cool. It will be interesting to see what the laptop is actually like...