OLPC XO distribution on Google Maps

Just a quick one; using Google Maps is a great way to surf for OLPC XO info. If you check out the following link you’ll get a comprehensive overview of the effort to date and can easily delve deeper into each specific project from there. View Larger Map

Massive Netbook order for Venezuela

Sam Churchill from dailywireless.org writes: “The government of Venezuela has announced plans to order more than one million Classmate PC laptops from Portugal as part of a broad economic agreement between the two countries. The government of Venezuela aims to boost technical literacy by distributing the computers to schools. The Classmate PC units that will…

Two Jams!

So due to some mixups and complications here in the bedroom studio I’ve ended up with two incomplete tracks, but I like enough to want to release them. Somehow I’ve lost the master file for the first track, and the settings for the second are entirely screwed up for no good reason. Both contain what…

Elroy and Tintin and I

Elroy takes a look at the documentary “Tintin and I” and discovers the critical analysis allows him some affinity with a comic book series he previously hadn’t spent much time with. Watching it now is good timing – and I expect the release is in anticipation of Speilberg’s upcoming film-adaptation of the series (and for…

Research and training lead to great opportunities for OLPC’s XO

In Wisconsin computer savvy members of the public take time and care to discover if the XO holds potential for them… “The calm breaks when the doorbell rings and six children ranging from 6 to 10 years old tumble into the apartment, which has been converted into the Southdale Kids Club Day Camp. The students…

4 billion mobile phone numbers active

“The number of mobile phone subscriptions in the world will reach four billion by the end of the year driven by growth in developing economies, the International Telecommunications Union said Friday…The ITU stressed however that its estimate does not mean that four billion individuals each have their own mobile phone, as many people in developed…

Detailed Interview with Walter Bender of Sugar Labs

Walter Bender, former head of software development at OLPC and now running his independent Sugar Labs, gives an in depth interview over at Groklaw. The discussion includes the latest on the OLPC XO/Windows situation, the current status of Sugar and FOSS in general. Well worth the read!

The Kite Eating Tree

The blustery spring afternoon saw us down at Aranda oval, with kites. For the first time since the post here in 2003 we took to the skies. Unfortunately after running James‘ kite out the brittle wood spindle snapped, and his childhood memories were taken by the whim of the wind. Carried to the bottom of…

Software Freedom Day 08

Today is Software Freedom Day 08. If you’re a Free Open Source Software junky, then you probably already know. If you’re not and you want to know how open source ideas underpin your human rights you should most definitely get involved at softwarefreedomday.org, follow the developments on SFD planet or keep an eye on Pia’s blog.

Ron Paul Addresses Financial Crisis

He just won’t quit with the cogent elucidation! If you want to get up to speed on the latest financial horrors facing the US, Ron Paul explains it well. I’m certain he was their only hope! Also check this latest CNN video where he blasts the most recent of the bailouts (and blasts those to…

Open Source On The Air

James and Karin from Open Source On The Air get Pia “into the studio” and have a good discussion dealing with the latest OLPC XO / Windows news, Open Source in general and Software Freedom Day 08. Prior to Pia’s segment there’s a great talk on the state of audio in Linux. Paul Wayper, open source…

A Year of Heavy Losses chart

You’ll notice I’ve stopped my trading on the stock markets, on account of it’s all going to hell. This week being the worst (economically) for the US for a good many decades. We’ve had 4 Trillion dollars worth of value disappear from the markets… but that’s kind of hard to visualise. The New York Times has…