one laptop per child
Ethan Zuckerman has a great overview of the progress the "One Laptop per Child" project is making on designing an inexpensive laptop that's perfect for kids.
Most of the people who write me are interested in owning a laptop they can afford. And that, it turns out, is not the goal of the One Laptop Per Child project. Their goal is to produce a laptop designed for use by children - students in grades K-12. And that requires radically different design decisions than what one would make in simply creating a low-cost laptop.
Worth reading, especially for the description of the challenges of adding a crank for human-generated power, and how they're thinking of integrating Logowiki on to the device... (Logo == fun! I always think of Processing as logo for grownups.)