Fires ravage local One Laptop project
The South African arm of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has suffered a setback following the past weekend’s devastating fires in the Western Cape. The project’s servers, which are run from Scarborough in the Cape Peninsula, were apparently damaged by the excess smoke and water in the area, and are now apparently unlikely to host the project’s website anytime soon. Local OLPC representative Antoine van Gelder said in an email early this week:
As some of you may have heard on the news we had massive fires raging through Scarborough, Red Hill and Ocean View over the weekend that left 11 families homeless, two firemen badly injured and turned miles of nature reserve into an apocalyptic wasteland.
Unfortunately my servers were only a couple of houses away from the worst of it and took enough soot and water damage that I won’t be able to host much of anything for the foreseeable future.
So, anyone who has some spare hosting capacity to run the laptop.org.za website I’m sure will be warmly received by the local team. Contact Antoine at children at laptop dot org dot za
Update:Â A kind, but anonymous, donor has given theÂ OLPCÂ team a brand, spanking new, machine. Â