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[ale] OLPC.. Wow.



GFY!

Mine arrived also. I concur with your points. The music activities (TamTam
&c) sure are fun. And I was impressed with the camera as well.

So far the biggest annoyance on the thing is that I can see no way to invert
the pointer buttons. I'm left-handed, so this makes using it awkward for
me.  I've done some preliminary googling around about it, but it looks like
I'll get to dive into the config files and do some experimenting to actually
figure this out. Then maybe I can post my findings.

Hey! Maybe we need an ALE Central meeting where we all  bring our OLPCs and
experiment!  I'd love to try out the "Measure" activity, for example, but
you need two boxes for it. And I'm pretty curious about the mesh networking
stuff, but I'm too paranoid to run wifi in my house.

-- CHS


On 1/2/08, Mike Harrison <meuon at geeklabs.com> wrote:
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> The OLPC arrived today. In about two hours of using it:
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>   0. Amazing LCD display.
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>   1, It's cute.
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>   2. My fingers are a little two big, but if I were a kid it'd be perfect.
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>   3. Wifi works better after you read:
>      http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Wireless
>      And set your AP to Channel 1, 11 or 6
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>   4a. The web browser doesn't support Basic/Digest Auth
>      or it's the first web browser to not work on my
>      implementations of it in PHP on some sites.
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>   4b. Web browser does not have all character sets for UTF-8.
>      For example: No Traditional Chinese. But it's working with Spanish
>      French and German. - I'm working on some multi-lingual websites..
>      just testing things.
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>   5. Lots of features and software specific to using in a
>      school/instructional environment. Sugar is a little odd
>      of an interface, but I am glad it breaks the MS-Start Button
>      paradigm and seems to work well once I figured it out
>      (10 minutes of unlearning.. 2 minutes of learning).
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>   6. I wish my HP laptops were build as solidly feeling,
>      Especially that wonder-screen-hinge.
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>   7. Terminal and SSH works. Way Kewl.
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> Overall, thinking about what it was/is designed for:
> I'd say it's an amazing piece of hardware and software
> for a 1.0 product. Most amazing $200 of technology
> I have seen ( yeah, I know I paid $400 ).
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