OLPC unboxing photos and reviews in The Blue okay? December 8, 2007 4:13 PM   Subscribe

There has been some interest expressed in hearing directly from MetaFilter members as they receive their OLPC laptops. Would a front page post be the appropriate forum? I'm concerned it would be viewed as self-linking.

For example, if I were to link to a Flickr photo set of snaps I'd taken while opening the laptop, and other members were to link to their own photosets.
posted by sdodd to Etiquette/Policy at 4:13 PM (11 comments total)

why not a MeTa thread?
posted by empath at 4:24 PM on December 8, 2007

I think MeTa is the most appropriate place for this. I've got an XO on the way as well (no ETA yet), and I'd be happy to share here.

Any MeFites played around with developing applications for it yet? I'm still trying to get a box set up to run the emulator, and would love to hear about others' experiences.
posted by xthlc at 4:33 PM on December 8, 2007

To answer the underlying question: yes, a link to a Flickr set you made would very much be viewed as self-linking.
posted by Partial Law at 4:35 PM on December 8, 2007

I'd say just add it as a link in the existing discussion. We're not so madly obsessed with gadgets there that five photos of someone taking a computer out of a box is that interesting. For people into that sort of thing, there's engadget and gizmodo who will certainly do that.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:01 PM on December 8, 2007

Also, the person asked about a review, not just photos of taking it out of the box. Maybe use it for a month or two and when the topic comes up in Ask MeFi, answer with a review?
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:02 PM on December 8, 2007

Have the speed issues been fixed? The early version I had access to was painfully slow.
posted by null terminated at 5:22 PM on December 8, 2007

Yeah, a MeTa thread sounds about right. Now...

I'm not in the US or Canada. As a computer lover I'm dying to get a hands on with one of these laptops. I'm not able to participate in the buy one give one program because of my location. If anyone is willing to help me out (which would mean giving a delivery address and posting on the laptop to Ireland when it arrives - I have a paypal account and can pay it once i add the delivery address) I'll pay the shipping cost to Ireland (and any additional costs - within reason) and match that cost for a charity of your choice. My email is where you'd expect it to be

Once I've had my fun I'll donate the laptop to the school my friend teaches at.
posted by Elmore at 5:48 PM on December 8, 2007

Excellent. This question's been bugging me since the last OLPC thread. Thanks for the help.
posted by sdodd at 5:56 PM on December 8, 2007

Any MeFites played around with developing applications for it yet?

I'm working on an isketch/pictionary game.
posted by dmd at 8:43 PM on December 8, 2007

I've already played with one for a while. I work for a magazine, and we got one in to review. Tom Coates wrote the revieww, and it's in the edition that's coming out now.

Do I win?
posted by WPW at 6:58 AM on December 9, 2007

Mine just arrived, I'm charging up it battery now. If anyone has questions, send me mail, or if somebody else opens a thread I'll participate.
posted by whir at 1:14 PM on December 20, 2007

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