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Edward Cherlin expands the vision of OLPC (video)

By R. Scott Belford on September 12, 2008 (9:00:00 PM)

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You may know about One Laptop per Child (OLPC), Sugar, and the many projects inspired by this initiative. You may not know Edward Mokurai Cherlin or of his plans for OLPC: Education, economic development, global commerce, all in an environmentally friendly, fair-trade context -- plus ending poverty at a profit. All in less than 40 minutes of conversation.

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R. Scott Belford is founder and leader of HOSEF, the Hawaii Open Source Education Foundation.

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Edward Cherlin expands the vision of OLPC (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 216.54.146.96] on September 13, 2008 12:44 AM
An excellent presentation of the goals and ideas behind the OLPC program. Also a clear statement of why Microsoft can have no place in it. Thank you Mr. Cherlin for your wonderful talk.

S. Farber
Blacklick, OH

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Something I just don't get

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.192.250.149] on September 13, 2008 11:21 AM
Here we have quite an interesting talk. The text (maybe 10k) could have been put on a web page, and it would have taken seconds to download it, and a couple of minutes to read.

Instead, we have a 62MB video of Edward Cherlin sitting at a desk and speaking the text and answering questions. Listening to him takes many times longer than reading the text would have taken. Where is the added value in the 62 megabyte video over 10k of text? Is the assumption that most people under the age of 30 can't read?

As far as I am concerned, the video of the talking head is *much* *less* *valuable* than the text (which obviously exists because there is nothing spontaneous about Cherlin's talk) because it would consume much more of my time than reading the text.

So somebody has SUBTRACTED value by presenting a huge video. I don't have time to watch videos.

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Re: Something I just don't get

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 98.150.144.56] on September 13, 2008 08:10 PM
Although it may look like he was reading text, that was a perfectly spontaneous monologue. I wish that I could have asked more questions, but Edward knew what he wanted to say. The only text to this interview is the text that has not yet been transcribed.

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Re(1): Something I just don't get

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.192.250.149] on September 14, 2008 10:07 AM
"The only text to this interview is the text that has not yet been transcribed."

Why hasn't it been transcribed? Are you justifying wasting 30 minutes of the time of tens of thousands of people - total cost to humanity, several person-years - by saying that the organizers of this event couldn't spare a couple of hours to transcribe it?

I do not believe that the monologue was "perfectly spontaneous". The fact that he was not reading directly from a text does not mean that the monologue was unprepared.

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Re(1): Something I just don't get

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 75.25.130.215] on September 26, 2008 07:54 PM
Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 98.150.144.56] on September 13, 2008 08:10 PM
Although it may look like he was reading text, that was a perfectly spontaneous monologue. I wish that I could have asked more questions, but Edward knew what he wanted to say. The only text to this interview is the text that has not yet been transcribed.

Mokurai responds: Yes, I have been giving presentations on the XO and its potential for a year and a half, and I have it pretty well down now, although we keep discovering more. See also http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/User:Mokurai, where you will see some texts on these topics. Feel free to ask me any more questions at mailto:echerlin@gmail.com

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Edward Cherlin expands the vision of OLPC (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.166.251.205] on September 14, 2008 01:55 AM
While clearly an intelligent individual, his speaking style put me right to sleep. I would of hated to have this guy as a teacher. Also, is it just me or was he all over the map. It started off about OLPC (kind of), then some hippie sounding anti-government thing, then something about word processing. He might of starting talking about OLPC again, I couldn't keep up, my eyelids were to heavy at that point.

Wake me when the bell rings.

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Re: Edward Cherlin expands the vision of OLPC (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.37.100.245] on September 18, 2008 09:41 AM
"his speaking style put me right to sleep"

You should make sure you get enough sleep, then work on your attention span. I found his style clear.

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Re(1): Edward Cherlin expands the vision of OLPC (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.166.251.205] on September 18, 2008 03:16 PM
I got plenty of sleep watching the video, thank you though for your concern.

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Re(2): Edward Cherlin expands the vision of OLPC (video)

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.63.232.2] on October 06, 2008 07:04 PM
You guys are a bunch of assholes. I never watched the video, but I won't pretend I care about his speaking style, either. If you don't like the article, then close the window and kill yourself.

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