|Laptops for $100 for kids to help their education or as they claim |
Somehow this does not resonate well with me.
Could be that I am a former teacher.
Could be that I have some bias in this area.
Could be that as a parent having raised two children (not alone by any means, my wife had a major part in this) I don't accept the exploration argument.
Exploration will work within a proper framework.
Recall that I am an environmentalist in this area.
Imitation comes first. Then with some confidence, exploration can follow.
If the bread crumbs are not left there for positive reinforcement, don't expect exploration to work for long.
Hence, I do agree
Another problem that must be addressed by the not-for-profit group, One Laptop Per Child: a possible gray market in which laptops distributed free to children are instead illicitly sold by parents or others, especially those in third-world countries. One way to thwart this is allowing PC makers to manufacture commercial versions of the laptop at a relatively inexpensive price, say $200 each, with part of the profit going back to One Laptop Per Child.
There are so many other uses for these systems at a low entry point, they do not need to go to children first. If anything, that would be the last place I would put them.
What do you think?
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Thursday, September 29, 2005
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
|Mark Hurst has his summary of branding today in his Good Experience blog.|
I encourage you to read the whole thing.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
|There is a new blog in the neighborhood and it is bound to show (if not build) some passion.|
100 Bloggers has been resurrected (was it ever dead?).
In any case, it is coming alive!
Add it to your blogroll to read along, or better yet
accept the invite and join the group!
PS - yes, I am part of the group and will post there.
|The morning paper arrived in a plastic bag this morning as usual. What was catching about the bag was the advertisement for Staples. Not that an advertisement is unusual. The plastic bag is arriving more frequently with some promotional sample or coupon enclosed.|
The unusual aspect was how it promoted recycling.
Easy to recycle.
Easy to save.
Place your empty cartridge(s) in this bag.
Bring the bag to a cash register at any Staples store.
Get a $3 off coupon every empty you give us.
Staples. That was easy.
Now this is a promotion that works for me:
That was easy! Go Staples!
Thursday, September 22, 2005
|Check out this statement made to Congress on behalf of the bloggers by Bloglines:|
We the Bloggers...
Blogs have given individuals of any and every background the ability to freely speak their minds and share information with anyone who chooses to read it, at any time they wish to do so. Bloglines was created for people as a window to access this world of dynamic content and a way to participate in its creation. We believe blogs have helped enable an open exchange of information that has never before been possible. As some of you may have heard, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) is reviewing its regulations concerning political speech on the Internet, including blog activity. Bloglines is committed to the continuation of open exchanges of information and opinions throughout the blogosphere and the Internet in general. Today, the Committee on House Administration is having a hearing on this issue. In the spirit of these beliefs, I have provided the Committee with the following statement. We encourage you to express your opinion on this matter in any forum you choose.
-Mark Fletcher and the Bloglines team
The full statement here:
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
|Want to get into business on your own.|
Find a market need that you can fulfill.
This bit of insight might help... From Andrew Taylor at The Artful Manager
According to Trendwatching:
Read the full posting here.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
|From Kathy Sierra at Creating Passionate Users comes this gem of a quote:|
Look carefully at the words Kathy is using here:
Nobody becomes passionate until they've reached the stage where they want to grow in a way they deem meaningful.
Kathy, you have chosen your words carefully to reflect your insight in this important matter.
Monday, September 12, 2005
|My daughters found this in a recent TitleNine catalog that arrived via snail mail.|
TitleNine is marketing for women.
The shoes are interesting in and of themselves for their cameleon nature and dual purpose.
1 - A comfrotable looking, slip on type clog. Stylish with a leather upper.
2 - Step out of them and you can have a nice flip-flop for that appearence in the Rose Garden.
The shoes are called "Clark Kent Clogs".
So how does this product name work for you?
Saturday, September 10, 2005
|Dan Blohowiak writing at BNet's Leadership. Now. blog has this good posting.|
"Much better to look good than feel good, dahlink," joked comedian Billy Crystal in his old Saturday Night Live character Fernando.
Perception reality becomes exposed when the emperor really has no clothes. Dan goes on to highlight this case with the recent events (and mismanagement of them) by the government agency chartered with disaster response, FEMA. Political appointments have been exposed once again. Maybe this time we can do something about this to save lives and headache in the future.
We need to heed people like Ronni Bennett at Time Goes By. Her series "We interrupt this blog" has been good writing on the events in New Orleans. In particular, Part 2, she calls for
" ... today I have a suggestion for the coming months and years: ignore this secretive, imperial White House; it is beyond redemption. Concentrate instead on our three Congressional representatives. We can each demand of them the following – and any other items you would like to add – as long as we are reasonable. These are reasonable: