Economist bashes XO laptop

See their incredibly brutal review here. Headline is “One Clunky Laptop Per Child” and goes downhill from there. Keys are too small. Processor is too slow. Trackpad is “screwy.” Moving files from word processor to web mail is “prohibitively difficult.” Worse yet are the “bugs … crashes … errors … hiccups.” And check this: “The implementation of the technologies is terrible. In their zeal to rewrite the rules of computing for first-time users … OLPC tried to reinvent the wheel and came up with an oval.”

Ouch. Meanwhile Negroponte, keen PR man that he is, today lashed out at Intel and blamed them for his woes. Plus ca change, as the Portuguese say.