Wednesday Dec 19, 2007

OLPC Quick Pics for ThinGuy

On a totally shocking note, Opera on the XO-1 works great with! I was guessing that it would choke on high volume picture sites. I was able to take these pictures, browse to my smugmug page and upload them. Java isn't working as a plugin so I had to use the old browser POST method.

OLPC and Me OLPC in the mirror

Having proven I was able to blog from the OLPC XO-1 I have moved back to using ecto for normal blogging. Trying to add images and links by hand is just not what I want to be doing at the moment.

Give 1 Get 1 is still going, it isn't too late to donate one for yourself.

OLPC Give One Get One. Arrived

I am sitting here in my office writing this entry on my OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) XO-1. It arrived last night.

my first impressions:
The packaging is sparse but sturdy, Two bits of paper with a note and the saftey warnings (no babies is first on the list). I am guessing that this isn't humor but I am entertained.

The keyboard has a nice feel for a membrane type keyboard, the keys have a slight depression which makes them fairly easy to feel. It is a little small for my hands (a good thing given the target market).I tried an external keyboard and mouse (they worked as I was expecting) but I have revirted to the built in.

I have had some issues with the stock browser in terms of speed and compatabiliy. It also seems that downoloads from the browser disapear (I am probably missing something simple). Installing Opera does the trick for me. It brings back tabs! Image rendering is more consistent and reliable and I can choose a download location. Vital sites such as this blog, the full twitter web interface and google reader all work and appear correct. Sites of importance such as the managed operations portal also work.

Wireless support is quite good, at least as sensitive as my full size devices, with the exception of WPA support (comming soon), in the end I backed down the security stance of of my APs and turned on MAC filtering.

Remaining issues: paste, Copy seems to work, I can drag from the frame and paste into applications. Why can't I paste text into the terminal?

I am sure that many of you are now asking the same question...but will it run solaris? I think the answer is probably not. Atleast not with a gui.

Still others are likely wondering, will it run the super beta punchin for linux. To that I am thinking no, but man that would be sweet!

Monday Nov 12, 2007

One Laptop Per Child: G1G1 (Give One Get One) Ordered

One Laptop Per Child

Donated to One Laptop Per Child at Laptop Giving so I will be getting an XO Laptop which I think should stand up nicely to having friends with kids over. Although I will surely have to take it to the office or out on the town. I wonder how functional I could be using it for work.


The mission of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) movement is to ensure that all school-aged children in the developing world are able to engage effectively with their own personal laptop, networked to the world, so that they, their families and their communities can openly learn and learn about learning.

The OLPC Association focuses on designing, manufacturing, and distributing laptops to children in lesser developed countries, initially concentrating on those governments that have made commitments for the funding and program support required to ensure that all of their children own and can effectively use a laptop.

Initial focus is on the launch of the One Laptop per Child program. In the future, the OLPC Foundation will focus on the grassroots, “bottom-up” aspects of the OLPC mission.

Give One Get One: 15 days left to Order/Donate one yourself.


If you live in the USA or Canada, and during a brief period of time, you will be able to pay USD 399 for two XO laptops. The first laptop is yours to keep (the get 1 part) and the second one is donated to the program to be distributed in one of OLPC's partner countries (the give 1 part).

The G1G1 program also includes 1 year of T-Mobile Hot Spot access. If you don't give away the 1 you get you can set up shop at any T-Mobile HotSpot with your distinctive laptop and be a living advertisement for the OLPC project.

More information at the OLPC Wiki




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