[Olpc-open] [IAEP] G1G1 (was Re: [Community-news] OLPC News (2008-09-29))

Christoph Derndorfer christoph.derndorfer at gmail.com
Mon Sep 29 20:01:58 EDT 2008

Oh, and by the way, look at at www.laptop.org where it says:

"give a laptop | get a laptop
change the world

coming nov 17 at amazon.com/xo"



Christoph Derndorfer schrieb:
> Edward,
> there's this litte Web site called olpcnews.com and they (no, wait, 
> that was me;-) wrote something 
> (http://www.olpcnews.com/sales_talk/g1g1/g1g1_v2_price_launchdate_unveiled.html) 
> about this back on September 8 after laptopmag's Joanna Stern 
> originally posted the information that day 
> (http://blog.laptopmag.com/olpc-give-1-get-1-to-start-november-17-through-amazoncom) 
> after apparently taking to Nicholas Negroponte.
> So I'd say it's hardly a secret...
> Also, I'm not quite sure what you mean by "forking the PR program", 
> it's not like the community isn't promoting OLPC and G1G1 by sitting 
> in airports and Starbucks around the world using their XOs. Making 
> some common information materials such as flyers and hand-outs that 
> you can give people who ask you "whether this is one of these laptops 
> that they've heard so much about" makes sense but I'm skeptical of 
> anything going beyond that.
> Anyway, just my 2 euro-cents,
> Christoph
> Edward Cherlin schrieb:
>> This is the first time I have heard that G1G1 will start up again on
>> Nov 17. As far as I can tell, nobody in the outside world has picked
>> up on this yet.
>> Is this a leak? Is it true? Has there been any outside announcement?
>> Since it doesn't show up in Internet news searches, I am certain that
>> there was no press release. Should I Slashdot this?
>> This is a Hell of a way to run a global non-profit. We have one of the
>> world's biggest brands, and we do nothing with it. We could be The
>> Must-Have Gift for this Holiday season without any advertising
>> expense, if we would just let the media have the story. Even with the
>> manufacturing delays that we can predict. That's one of the draws for
>> the Must-Have Gift of the year. Cabbage Patch died the moment you
>> could get one off the shelf.
>> There is a great deal more I could say about this and other management
>> issues, but this is not the place for it. If you want to hear any of
>> it, you know where to find me.
>> But!! I have a better idea. Who wants to fork the PR program, and help
>> write an Open Source press release? We'll have to reverse engineer
>> most of the content, but I have confidence in our community's
>> abilities.
>> On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 2:45 PM, Jim Gettys <jg at laptop.org> wrote:
>>> Community News
>>> A weekly update of One Laptop per Child September 29, 2008
>>> Our appearance outside the Marriott attracted a lot of people to out
>>> tables; some of them were as far as from Finland; many of them knew
>>> about "those laptops for children" and were asking about the ways to
>>> acquire the laptops (we even got questions: are you selling the
>>> machines?). So, in addition to conducting our scheduled testing, we 
>>> also
>>> served as "unofficial" OLPC marketing representatives, steering people
>>> to the Nov 17 opening of the G1G1 event through amazon.com. The time we
>>> were outside wasn't even the peak lunch time for people to fill that
>>> square; just imagine the level of attention, if we were there at the
>>> lunch time!

Christoph Derndorfer
co-editor, olpcnews
url: www.olpcnews.com
e-mail: christoph at olpcnews.com

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