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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

XO laptop scientist resigns

Intel's successful drive to put cheap laptops in the hands of poor children for under $300 is coming to America and Europe. Although the second-generation version for America and Europe has yet to be introduced it's expected to hit the market with a price range between $250 and $350.

The whole low-price movement in laptops was initiated by the One Laptop Per Child Foundation founded by MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte.

The foundation has been able to produce its XO laptops running Linux for $188 and selling them for $400 in Canada and the US. So, we can include professors, along with technicians, engineers and other savy individuals among those who can build computers and servers. Add to
this mix the introduction by Intel of its "Jackson Bay" whitebook motherboard in October 2007.

If professors can do it, why not scientists, too? Mary Lou did.

The inventor, developer of the XO laptop at the foundation, Mary Lou Jepsen, scientist, resigned from the foundation in 2007 to head up her own company, Pixel Qi. Her goal is to produce $75 laptops by 2010. Whatever her reasons for building her own laptops, whether for financial need or the opportunity to create a social impact, she is getting it done.

What are your reasons for building your own whitebooks? Is it to make a social difference by making affordable laptops in your community? Is it for the fun of it while making a little money as well? Is it to generate a little extra income with a view to creating a considerable source of revenue such as would impact you and your family? Perhaps it's none of these and maybe you just want to be able to say "yes" when you get the call for assistance and not have to wrestle
anxiously about your own economic stretch when you would like to help if only you had the means.

Whether you are an individual (independent contractor, IC) or a reseller you can go it alone. You can also look into the dynamic of building your business for yourself, but not by yourself through the alliance of IE-Networks, that is, Independent Enterprise Networks. What would your sales revenues look like if an IC turned to you for a whitebook component system, that is, an unassembled whitebook? What do you suppose sales revenues would look like if an ever expanding IE-Network of these ICs turned to you as their supplier?

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