XO friendly video portal from Dailymotion

I meant to blog this when I saw it come through, but I’ve been playing catchup since the expo and only had time now. This is cool; Dailymotion have an XO friendly section (xo.dailymotion.com) which I have a feeling is going to be a very valuable resource for A/V demonstrations on the devices and of…

The Ghost in the Machine

So there’s a robot party on tomorrow night at Smashrine HQ. After thinking my costume was going to involve many metres of foil, I had a flash of inspiration and am taking a slightly more esoteric approach to the evening. After a recent conversation about William Gibson’s Neuromancer with Insane Gazebo, I decided that I’d…

eGames – after the dust has settled

I’ve made it back home in one piece and after sitting around in a daze for a whole day, I’m ready to make a report. Event management seems to be a very particular and peculiar lifestyle. You’d have to have boundless personal energy and integrity to do it on a regular basis. You’d have to…

eGames expo post 1 (!?)

Well you would expect a tech convention to be absolutely saturated with Internet connections, but actually it’s taken me quite some time to get online. In addition to this, for some reason my card reader isn’t reading cards, so the photos are a bit light on at this stage. Apart from that I’ve been very…

Colombia signs up for OLPC laptops with Windows – Network World

Network world is carrying the following story that details OLPC’s second Windows based deployment to South America. It looks like Microsoft will be heavily involved in this one: Colombia will become the second country to use the One Laptop Per Child Project’s (OLPC) XO laptops running Microsoft Windows XP in schools after signing an agreement…

Mexican scientists turn tequila into diamonds – ABC News

I love tequila! Mexican scientists have turned the country’s national tipple tequila into diamonds, and are seeking applications for their discovery – but the crystals are too small to be used in jewellery.The tequila diamonds could be used to “detect radiation, coat cutting tools or, above all, as a substitute for silicon in the computer…

music you want: new audio gourmet

When I downloaded copy of Audio Gourmet’s Earth’s Exit Door, it immediately rose to one of my all-time favourite ambient releases. There’s something about all AG stuff that seems so connected to nature, despite its electronic nature (one of my favourite paradoxes of the genre). Now, with Subconscious Substance, Audio Gourmet brings us closer to…

first light

After a watching a few episodes of the BBC’s “The Sky At Night” and registering an account with Galaxy Zoo, my interest in all things galactic was perked again. This week I’ve been thinking (not for the first time) that at some stage I’d like to get my hands on a decent telescope and give…

Offer for 40 ABC Learning centres | smh.com.au

A Victorian not-for-profit child-care group has offered to buy up to 40 ABC Learning centres after administrators and receivers were appointed to the troubled company last week.Try Youth and Community Services chief executive Damien Mowlam says the group has spoken with the administrators and receivers of ABC Learning and the federal government in a bid…

Powers Cosmic: Episode 02

Fresh from the eShack comes the second installment of Elroy Online’s Powers Cosmic. During a date at the cinema Elroy (with horror) realises that Furious is one of those ones who won’t keep their mouth shut during a movie. I can’t see how this relationship will last… Powers Cosmic: Episode 02

olpc marketing issues

It’s been a good few months since I started to seriously focus on One Laptop per Child related things. After reading an article at ZDNet today, I can say that the challenge of getting people to understand OLPC as an education project rather than a computer project is huge. As I’ve said a few times…

Saddam’s luxury yacht up for sale

ABC is reporting that Saddam Hussein’s personal yacht is now going to be sold by the Iraqi Government. This comes after legal complications over ownership, earlier this year. Not really the thing you’d take a pleasure cruise in, I would say… The Iraqi Government will sell former dictator Saddam Hussein’s luxury yacht, which was handed…

One Velociraptor Per Child

Jurassic Park and OLPC related humor all rolled into one? What are the chances? I’ll take it! One Velociraptor Per Child’s mission is to increase the Darwinian fitness of the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-energy, internet-enabled velociraptor with content designed for collaborative, practical, self-empowered survival. [M]etabrain [E]ntry [L]og…