What's worse than a $10 laptop
that winds up costing $30? A
$30 laptop that's not really a laptop
at all. India is shrugging off the disappointment surrounding its apparent failure to bring home-grown tech to its youth, but thankfully isn't giving up on the kids, ordering a whopping 250,000 OLPC XO laptops
. Waiting this long to drink the Negroponte Kool Aid means 1,500 schools will get the latest and greatest
models, featuring VIA C7-M
processors and bumped up storage. The plan is for a total of three million portable computers for Indian schools this year, and while it's unclear just how many will be little, green, and different, that's a whole lot of lappys regardless.