I met Prof. Barry Levine at an event hosted by the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at San Francisco State University. It was mid-December 2009. He was planning a trip to Armenia, where he runs a program at the American University of Armenia. A couple of conversations later, he agreed to work on some aspect of OLPC with his team there.
Call for proposals for OLPC San Francisco Community Summit 2012 is now open. Sessions will be on Saturday, Oct 20 and Sunday, Oct 21 2012.
Keep in mind that we are looking for workshop-style sessions, and not just slide presentations. The goal of the sessions is to present information and to work on problems. Think of other people who may be interested in working with you. Talk to them and put them on your proposals. Think constructive, not just instructive!
Let the ideas flow!
The OLPC San Francisco community is planning the upcoming OLPC San Francisco Community Summit 2012 in San Francisco, CA, USA.
The dates are:
Oct 19 (registration and reception)
Oct 20 (full day)
Oct 21 (full day)
Mark your calendars!
A picture is indeed worth a thousand words...and more.
We put together this coffee table book with 38 pictures from around the world. Only two copies were printed. These were raffled off and were won by Samuel J Klein and Terri Bucci. I saw SJ's copy in the Cambridge office. I hope Terri is enjoying hers.
Brief notes from the OLPC SF July 2012 meeting:
This is a virtual (as in digital) library, running inside a virtual machine. So, the title isn't a typo
Here are two observations:
If you've ever used the OLPC crank charger, you'll know that while it works as advertised, it takes a lot of cranking. The charger would work better if it could be attached to a wheel. Then, you could rotate it by fitting it on to a bicycle, a sewing machine, etc. To that end, I took apart the handle and saw that one could easily fit a small wheel on to the shaft.
Many deployments use a school server. Some use the official OLPC XS, while others use homegrown boxes to serve content, updates, etc. The official OLPC XS School Server (currently at version 0.7) uses Moodle as its backbone. Even server admin scripts are hooked into the Moodle interface to run backups, manage theft deterrence and push updates.