Lee Felsentstein writes about what he thinks are the Problems with the $100 laptop, and I think many of the issues he raises are good ones, worthy of serious discussion. The question shouldn’t really be “should we give a laptop to every child or not”, but rather “if we are going to invest millions of dollars to attempt to raise the economic level of the developing world, is this the most appropriate use of our money?” I think that Lee posts some excellent points to indicate that it will not be.
By way of the Make Blog, check out this terrific collection of homemade musical instruments. I rather liked the Aeolian harp, and may have to build one to replace my windchimes at home.
Addendum: I’ll piggyback this page of musical automatons (with lots of great details) that Make also linked to.