Fires ravage local One Laptop project

By   |  January 30, 2008

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: A kind, but anonymous, donor has given the OLPC team a brand, spanking new, machine.  

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3 Responses to “Fires ravage local One Laptop project”

  1. foo
    January 30th, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

    The picture of the OLPC unit is too old. It no longer has a handcrank.

  2. Jonathan
    January 30th, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

    Someone donated a new server to the project, so the site should be back up soon.

    http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/olpc-za/2008-January/000168.html

  3. Barney
    February 1st, 2008 @ 8:48 pm

    geesh, from the title I had thought that either thousands of XO units were lost or a few schools and devices were lost. A server getting some smoke and water damage is a minor issue since almost any server in the would could be used to take up the hosting for the time being.

    “ravage local One Laptop project”? Come on or are you just looking for page hits.

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