Learning Something Niue Everyday
(Map of Niue from CIA World Factbook)Thanks to Yahoo! news, I learned today that there is a nation of Niue: "Tiny nation of Niue gets laptop for every child". Niue is composed of a whopping 1444 persons and occupies 260 sq km, making it "one of world's largest coral islands" (CIA Factbook). What language do they speak in Niue? Why, they speak Niue, of course (aka Niuean, "Niuefekai").
Ethnologue Classification: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central Pacific, East Fijian-Polynesian, Polynesian, Tongic.
As for the laptops, I'm a fan of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative. I especially like two features of the XO green boxes they've designed. Each computer automatically links to any other around it, making a sort of mini-web. Plus, you can get a hand crank to manually power the little guy. God! I wich my laptop had one of those!