Microsoft doesn’t want world peace
Call me optimistic, but I think literacy and education lead to reduced conflict and greater prosperity, and I think access to cheap computer power is the key to education around the world. Paper is too expensive — and too slow. Information is power, and information is available free all over the Internet.
It’s slightly off-topic, but close to my heart:
Computers only cost as much as they do because the makers of the software — primarily Microsoft — go to enormous lengths to make their products necessary and expensive, and because makers of the hardware are constantly adding new features that you probably don’t need.
From a London Sunday Times article (Aug. 10, 2008) about the XO laptop (One Laptop Per Child, or OLPC), which I wrote about in December 2007.