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Untitled Document 此「每童一電腦-亞太區支部」及「G1G1計劃」的所有網頁資料皆由OLPC Asia Pacific Ltd.提供。所有XO電腦的銷售、保養服務及有關捐款收入都會全數撥入OLPC Asia Pacific Ltd.。 Oregon Scientific提供是次活動XO電腦的換領服務。 All information in the OLPC APAC and G1G1 program website is provided from OLPC Asia Pacific Limited. All proceeds received from XO laptop sales activities, warranty and donations will fully allot to OLPC Asia Pacific Ltd. Oregon Scientific provides fulfillment service for purchase and redemption of XO laptops and for donations.

 
FAQ
About OLPC APAC and G1G1
About XO Laptops and Warranty
About XO Laptops purchasing

About OLPC APAC and G1G1

How will my donation be used?
Your donation will be used to expand the projects to cover the underprivileged areas in Asia Pacific. At the moment, your donation of the XOs will be delivered to the children in earthquake-stricken areas in Sichuan.

Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. The OLPC APAC is a charitable institution in accordance with Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (IRO). If you donate through the G1G1 program, the XO laptop that you will own is considered a transaction and is not subject to tax deduction, but the amount of the XO laptop on the recipient end is tax-deductible.

For example, for the price of HK$3380, if you choose to donate one XO and own one, you are entitled to tax exemption for the amount of HK$1690 that you donated.

Why do children in developing nations need laptop computers?
Laptop computers are both a window and a tool – a window out to the world and a tool with which to think. Computers are a wonderful way for all children to learn through independent interaction and exploration.

Why are these laptops going to children in developing nations when there are needy children in Hong Kong?
One Laptop Per Child is initially focused on the utmost underprivileged children in developing countries where the annual average expenditure is typically less than US$300 per child, ie where the need is most urgent.

This is just our very first step here in Asia Pacific, and we hope to expand the project to cover more children (including our underprivileged children in Hong Kong) in the long run when resources and manpower allows.

Why not a desktop computer, or even better, a recycled desktop machine?
While desktops are cheaper, mobility is important, especially with regard to taking the computer home at night. Kids in the developing world need the newest technology, especially really rugged hardware and innovative software.

Why is it important for each child to have a computer? What's wrong with community access computer centers?
One does not think of community pencils—kids have their own. They are tools to think with, sufficiently inexpensive to be used for work and play, drawing, writing, and mathematics. A computer can be the same, but far more powerful. Furthermore, there are many reasons it is important for a child to own something, like a football, doll, or book, not the least of which being that these belongings will be well maintained through love and care.

Can I designate where my donated laptop goes?
At the headquarters of OLPC in MIT, the team works with governments of developing nations that purchase and distribute the laptops in high volumes (tens and hundreds of thousands of units) in order to achieve maximum penetration and societal impact within a country. Therefore, unless you donate a large number of laptops, it is impossible to designate a specific destination for your donated laptop.

For donation in large quantities, kindly email us at info@olpcapac.org.

How are these laptop computers marketed?
The collaboration of all the talents of volunteers from around the world and the devotion of IT companies, like AMD, Quanta…etc ensured that the XO could be manufactured at cost. XO is a non-profit making charitable learning tool and is not intended to be sold at the commercial market. G1G1 is the only official channel for your gateway to the XO.

How does OLPC afford its professional services?
All of OLPC's professional services are offered to the non-profit on a pro-bono or below market rate basis. The team all shared the same vision with Professor Negroponte in helping the underprivileged children through bridging the digital divide. OLPC thanks all who contributed their services and resources to make Give One Get One possible, including Oregon Scientific who handled all the ordering and tracking, storage and distribution, and Dah Sing Bank for contributing a payment gateway.

I am a journalist. Who do I contact to do a story about One Laptop Per Child?
Please send an email to info@olpcapac.org contact us at 2955 5888.


About XO Laptops and Warranty

How is it possible to get the cost of the laptop so low?
First, by dramatically lowering the cost of the display. The first-generation computer will have a novel, dual-mode display that represents improvements to the LCD displays commonly found in inexpensive DVD players. Second, we have also worked to get the fat out of our software systems. In other words, our laptop computers operate more efficiently. The XO’s operating system is based on a free and open-source version of Linux. Third, One Laptop Per Child is a non-profit organization that is not obligated to any investors. Finally, One Laptop Per Child uses large-scale orders to minimize marketing and distribution costs and to bulk order components to drive prices down.

What can a $3380 laptop computer do that the XO laptop cannot?
The XO laptop is a computer built for learning and designed specifically with children in mind. Because of this, the features deemed most valuable for its purposes are as good (and in many cases, better) than comparable features on a $3380 laptop. For instance, the XO’s screen can be viewed as clearly as a newspaper in broad daylight, and the wireless range of the XO is several times longer than your average laptop. It's also more rugged, resilient and power efficient than most other laptops on the market. While other features, such as power and speed, cannot compare to a $3380 machine, they are excellent for the XO’s HK$3380 price point and meet the necessary requirements for learning.

Can I load Microsoft Windows ™ onto the XO laptop?
No. The XO laptop features the Linux operating system and includes software specifically designed for children and the XO. However, Microsoft Word ™ and PowerPoint ™ documents can be opened on the XO laptop. Additionally, there are thousands of developers around the world currently creating software and content for the XO. For more information, visit
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Activities

What kinds of power sources can I use with the XO laptop?
In addition to plugging the laptop into an electrical outlet (110-240 volts AC), the XO laptop can be powered by solar energy and human energy with pull cords and hand cranks. The XO laptop can take a DC input ranging from 11 volts to 40 volts, a range that’s far more flexible than most portable devices. The XO laptop is remarkably energy efficient, using only 5-10 percent of the average wattage of a standard laptop. For formal specifications, visit http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Hardware_specification#Specifications.

Please note that G1G1 laptops are not bundled with any alternative energy sources (crank, solar panel etc.) besides the included AC adapter.

I have questions about my XO laptop. Where can I find answers?
Please visit laptop.org/gettingstarted for a detailed overview of the laptop, the software and a list of troubleshooting items.

Are the keyboards and software of the XO laptop always in English?
All XO laptops sent to developing nations have the appropriate keyboard and software to suit the primary language of those nations. For the laptops that we will deliver to the children in earthquake-stricken areas in Sichuan, the OLPC APAC team of volunteers have localized the user interface with the help of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the children will be able to input Chinese on the laptop with the “Five Stroke” and “Pin-yin” methods.

Why are the Xs and Os different colors on each XO laptop?
Individual child ownership is a core principle of OLPC. Ownership of the XO laptop by children in developing nations is coupled with new duties and responsibilities, such as protecting, caring for, and sharing this valuable equipment. The Xs and Os are made in 20 colors each, resulting in 400 different color combinations. By doing this, we ensure that in a village or school of up to 400 children, each child will have their own unique, easily identifiable XO laptop. These colors are mixed and shipped randomly, so the XO laptops that are shipped to North America as part of the Give One Get One program cannot be customized. We hope you enjoy your distinctive XO color combination.

Who is the manufacturer of the XO laptop computer?
Quanta Computer Inc. of Taiwan is the original design manufacturer (ODM) of the XO laptop. Quanta is the world’s largest laptop manufacturer and makes laptops for Apple, HP, Dell among many others.

Who is behind these XO laptop computers?
The XO laptop computer is being developed by One Laptop Per Child, a non-profit organization founded by MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte and a team of educators, developers and technologists dedicated to educating children in developing countries with the goal of eradicating poverty. One Laptop Per Child is based on principles expressed by MIT Media Lab Professor Seymour Papert in the 1960s, and later elaborated upon by Alan Kay, and complemented by the principles articulated by Nicholas Negroponte in his book, Being Digital. Partner corporations including Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Intel, Brightstar, eBay, Google, Marvell, News Corporation, Nortel, Quanta, Chi Mei Group, Red Hat, and SES Astra are involved in this initiative.

In OLPC APAC, the team is headed by Anthony Wong (who retired as Commissioner for Information and Technology in 2008), with John Tsang, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. OLPC APAC has successfully gathered a group of like-minded volunteers from the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, NGOs, renowned IT corporates to fulfill the mission of the project.

About XO Laptops purchasing
How can I get an XO laptop computer?
「During the Give One Get One program, donors were able to donate one an XO laptop to a child in a developing nation and receive an XO laptop in recognition of the contribution. Please visit www.olpcapac.org for details.

The deadline for this round of G1G1 program is 25th January 2008. Act fast and donate now!

Will these laptop computers be available for purchase in retail stores?
Not at this time.

I participated in Give One Get One. When will I get my laptop?
Please pick up your laptop within the period of 5 December 2008 to 2 February 2009.

Do you accept group or corporate donations (over 100 laptops)?
Yes. Kindly email us at info@olpcapac.org or contact us at 2955 5888.

How do I access Tech Support?
Because OLPC is a non-profit company, we are unable to provide direct technical support. One goal of the project is that children will learn to troubleshoot the XO themselves and subsequently use their experiences to help others. Information about the XO laptop and its software can be found at
laptop.org/gettingstarted. If you have questions that are not addressed in the troubleshooting section, please click here to send us an email. info@olpcapac.org,或致電2955 5888與我們聯絡。

How can I help spread the word about OLPC?

If you would like to join, click here: info@olpcapac.org Thank you!

For additional questions please email us at info@olpcapac.org.

What if I cannot come to pickup my XO laptop during the redemption period? Can you deliver? I can pay the shipping fee.
Sorry, we do not provide this service right now.

Can I assign someone to pickup my XO laptop?
Yes. Please prepare an authorized letter with the original purchaser’s signature and copy of his / her HKID or passport.

Remember the redemption period is 5 December 2008 to 31 January 2009.

I haven't received the redemption email yet. What can I do?
Please send your email address to info@olpcapac.org or call 2955 5888.

I don't want to buy online. Can I buy in any where else?
Please visit Oregon Scientific Hong Kong stores:

Hong Kong Island

Shop 109, Prince's Building,
Central, Hong Kong.
Tel: 21872333
Opening Hour:
10:00am – 7:00pm (Mon – Sat)
11:00am – 6:00pm (Sun & Holiday)

Shop 705, Times Square,
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
Tel: 21110703
Opening Hour:
11:30am – 9:30pm

Shop 1008, IFC Mall,
Central, Hong Kong.
Tel: 22953198
Opening Hour:
10:30am – 8:30pm

Kowloon
Unit L2-36, Festival Walk,
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Tel: 22657238
Opening Hour:
11:00am – 9:00pm

Shop 302, Ocean Centre,
TST, Hong Kong.
Tel: 31019166
Opening Hour:
11:00am – 9:00pm

New Territories
Shop A386, Phase III, New Town Plaza,
Shatin, Hong Kong.
Tel: 26959001
Opening Hour:
11:00am – 9:00pm