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

Christoph Derndorfer e0425826 at student.tuwien.ac.at
Mon Sep 29 20:00:02 EDT 2008


there's this litte Web site called olpcnews.com and they (no, wait, that 
was me;-) wrote something 
about this back on September 8 after laptopmag's Joanna Stern originally 
posted the information that day 
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,

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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