Monday, September 24, 2007

'$100 laptop' to sell to public

By Jonathan Fildes
Science and technology reporter, BBC News

Students at a school in Nigeria

Computer enthusiasts in the developed world will soon be able to get their hands on the so-called "$100 laptop".

The organisation behind the project has launched the "give one, get one" scheme that will allow US residents to purchase two laptops for $399 (£198).

One laptop will be sent to the buyer whilst a child in the developing world will receive the second machine

The G1G1 scheme, as it is known, will offer the laptops for just two weeks, starting on the 12 November.

The offer to the general public comes after the project's founder admitted that concrete orders from the governments of developing nations had not always followed verbal agreements

Nicholas Negroponte told the New York Times: "I have to some degree underestimated the difference between shaking the hand of a head of state and having a cheque written.

"And yes, it has been a disappointment."

Walter Bender, head of software development at One Laptop per Child (OLPC), told the BBC News website: "From day one there's been a lot of interest expressed in having some way of people in the developed world participate in the programme."

Price hike

The XO laptop has been developed to be used by children and is as low cost, durable and simple to use as possible.

It packs several innovations including a sunlight readable display so that it can be used outside. It has no moving parts, can be powered by solar, foot-pump or pull-string powered chargers and is housed in a waterproof case.

cost breakdown

The machine's price has recently increased from $176 (£88) to $188 (£93) although the eventual aim is to sell the machines for $100 (£50).

Governments can buy the green and white machines in lots of 250,000.

In July, hardware suppliers were given the green light to ramp-up production of all of the components needed to build the low-cost machines.

The decision suggested that the organisation had met or surpassed the three million orders it need to make production viable.

The names of the governments that have purchased the first lots of machines have not been released.

Developing whirl

But, according to OLPC, there has also been huge interest in the XO laptop from individuals in the developed world.

"I don't know how many times people have added an entry in our wiki saying 'how do I get one?' or 'I'd gladly pay one for a child if I could get one'," said Mr Bender.

Schoolchildren with $100 laptop, AP
The laptop was designed to be used in developing countries
The organisation has previously hinted that they were considering selling the laptop on a give one get one basis, but not this early.

In January this year, Michalis Bletsas, chief connectivity officer for the project, told the BBC news website that OLPC was hoping to sell the laptop to the public "next year".

Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of OLPC, has also previously said: "Many commercial schemes have been considered and proposed that may surface in 2008 or beyond, one of which is 'buy 2 and get 1'."

According to Mr Bender, OLPC see several advantages to offering laptops to the developed world.

"There's going to be a lot more people able to contribute content, software development and support," said Mr Bender.

But primarily, he said, it was a way of extending the laptop project to countries that cannot afford to participate.

"We see it as a way of kick-starting the programme in the least developed countries."

Early adopter

The first countries to receive the donated laptops will be Cambodia, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Haiti.

Other least developed countries (LDC), as defined by the UN, will be able to bid to join the scheme.

The laptops will go on sale for two weeks through the website.

They will only be available for two weeks to ensure OLPC can meet demand and so that machines are not diverted away from countries that have already placed orders.

Although the exact number of laptops available through the G1G1 scheme has not been revealed, Mr Bender said that the "first 25,000" people that purchase one should receive it before the end of the year.

Others will receive their machines in the first quarter of 2008.

Mr Bender said that if it proves successful, the organisation would consider extending the scheme.

"Our motivation is helping kids learn and giving them an opportunity to participate in the laptop programme so whatever will advance that cause we will do," he said.

"This is something we are going to try and if it looks like it is an effective tool we will do more of it."

Thursday, September 13, 2007

ReactOS 0.3.3 Released!

ReactOS is an effort to create a Free Software replacement for Microsoft Windows that is compatible with existing hardware and software! Changes in this release include kernel improvements (bringing it close to XP), improved stability and hardware support, better compatibility and application support, usability improvements and a package manager!

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Rugby Players Love Their Children Lightly Toasted

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Rugby Players Love Their Children Lightly Toasted

rugbyguy.jpgThis handsome young gentleman is Lucien Hoffman, of the Reno Zephyrs rugby club.This weekend, Reno held "The Biggest Little Rugby Tournament In TheWorld," (clever!) which was sponsored by the Mustang Ranch brothel.Hoffman was there. Inside. At the brothel. Oh, yeah: And his two-year-old daughter was lock in the car out in the parking lot, where it was 95 degrees because it's, you know, Reno.

The child been noticed by the brothel security guard,Hoffman's vehicle wouldn't have been allowed in. When security guardsdid hear her crying and couldn't locate her parents, they contacted thesheriff's office and took the child inside the brothel. "It was 95degrees out at that time of day, and you have to figure another 30degrees on top of that inside a vehicle even with the windows down,"Quirk said.

After Hoffman's arrest, the toddler was treated for dehydration andreleased to the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services. She wasreturned to her mother in Bend, Ore.

We think it's worth noting that the brothel was actually a sponsor of the tournament, so, somehow, we imagine they've seen things like this happen before. But hey: It was a dry heat!

Father Arrested After Leaving Toddler In Car At Brothel Parking Lot [Fox News]

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Internet People

List came from WebbAlert. Video from here

1. Dramatic Chipmunk
2. SouthPark: The Spirit of Chistmas
3. The Star Wars Kid
4. The Numa Numa Guy - (and don't miss his sequel)
5. The Back Dorm Boys
6. Napster Bad
7. The Winnebago Man
8. Bert is Evil! No, really evil!
9. Goatse...ummm, go look it up on Wikipedia...
10. JibJab
11. GI Joe PSA's
12. You're the Man Now, Dog - which blossomed into a full-blown community.
13. Spongemonkies
14. The Superbowl's Gay
15. Ask a Ninja
16. Average Homeboy ... who now has his own super-cheesy website, or watch him being interviewed on the local news
17. LonelyGirl 15
18. House of Cosby's
19. Chad Vader - Day Shift Manager
20. Ze Frank
21. Lazy Sunday
22. Kid from Brooklyn
23. Bubb Rubb and Lil Siss
24. George Lucas in Love
25. Micahel Richards/Kramer's Racial Tirade
26. Myspace - the Movie
27. The Chuck Norris List
28. Geriatric 1927
29. Mahir/I Kiss You - oh, and here's the story that made him famous
30. Brian Atene auditions for Stanley Kubrick (and here he is reacting to his young self 20 years later. Yes, he gets even better with age.)
31. Leroy Jenkins - and the post-battle interview.
32. Homestar Runner
33. Grape Stomp (with slo-mo replay)
34. Paris Hilton Sex Tape
35. All Your Base are Belong to Us
36. Diet Coke and Mentos
37. OK Go - Here it Goes Again
Plus - The band's website
38. The Shining Remix
39. Sneezing Panda
40. Dick in a Box
Plus - The Guys That Made It All Possible
41. Rocketboom (now with a new host)
Amanda Congdon now on ABC
42. Yacht Rock
43. Snakes on a Plane
44. The Angry German Kid
45. Otters Holding Hands
46. Daxflame
47. Bride's Massive Hair Wig Out
48. Colbert Roasts Bush
49. Little Superstar
50. Lightning Bolt!
51. OMG Shoes!
52. Tom Cruise CRAZY on Oprah
53. Weird Al's White & Nerdy
54. Kevin Federline - Popozao (comments disabled on YouTube!)
55. Cox + Combes' Washington
56. Ashlee Simpson Lip Sync Debacle
57. Boom Goes the Dynamite
58. Lilly Tomlin in a Fight
59. Peanut Butter Jelly Time
60. Christmas Lights Gone Wild
61. William Shatner's Rocket Man
Stewie Griffen's spoof of Shatner
62. The Evolution of Dance (#1 Most Viewed in YouTube history)
63. People Getting Hurt
64. Talking to their Web Cam
65. Chocolate Rain
John Mayer's Spoof
And the official site of Chocolate Rain's singer
66. I Like Turtles

Friday, September 7, 2007

Splashcast test

useful ubuntu links

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Resources & How To's

Unofficial Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) Starter Guide
Installing Ubuntu
Ubuntu New User Network
Windows to Ubuntu Transition Guide
Basic Linux Commands
200 Linux Commands for Newbbies
100 Linux Magic Files and Directories
Ubuntu Documentation
Ubuntu Document Storage Facility
Ubuntu Forums
Ubuntu Guide
Ubuntu Tutorials
Fresh Ununtu Podcast
apt-get / dpkg Primer
Install Anything in Ubuntu
Compiling from Source in Ubuntu
Ubuntu Search Engine
Gimp Tutorials
Linux Printing
Ubuntu Video
X Window User HOWTO
Ubuntu Podcast
Official Ubuntu Book
Understanding the Linux Kernel
Learning the Shell
Bash Shell Scripting Howto
Shell Scripting Tutorial
Install Wine
Masters of the Universe!
Concurrent Versions System
Adding Repositories in Ubuntu
Squash a Few Bugs
Linux Reference Card
Ubuntu Linux Resources
Debian Online Help
Back Up Linux
Back Up and Restore Ubuntu
Screen Shot Howto's
Compiling a New Kernel
How To Compile A Kernel - The Ubuntu Way
Ubuntu Customization Guide
Linux Kernel in a Nutshell

Ubunut Video HOWTO's
Ubuntu Networking HOWTO
Ubuntu Server Guide
Upgrade Ubuntu Dapper to Ubuntu Edgy Eft
Using Samba
Linux Device Drivers
Introductory Guide to Linux Basics
Linux Administration Made Easy
Managing Packages

Apps & Scripts

EasyUbuntu Script: DVD MP3 Flash RAR ATI/nVidia...30+
Automatix Script: DVD MP3 Flash nVidia...54+
Change Default File Manager in Gnome
Install nVidia's Drivers
Install ATI Drivers
Tweakers' HOWTOs Tamer
Amarok Music Player
Perl Audio Converter
Ubuntu Linux DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter Guide
Beagle Search
Evince Document Viewer
Install Truecrypt on Ubuntu
Mondo Rescue
Linux Par2
IEs 4 Linux
Pixel Image Editor
Geany Text Editor
Ding German-English Dictionary
Open Office Suite
EasyEclipse Software Development Platform
Binary Newsreader with NZB Support
HOWTO Install Flash9 in Ubuntu
Nautilus File Manager Scripts
Parental Control with GUI
Convert Your MP3's to Ogg Vorbis
Ardour Digital Audio Workstation
LiVES Video Editing System
Boot Up Manager (BUM)

Firestarter Firewall
Aptana Web 2.0 IDE

Tricks & Tips

iPod on Ubuntu
Back up your DVDs in Ubuntu
Find Hardware Details
Improve Performance in Ubuntu
Prepping Ubuntu for Everyday Use
Tweaking Grub Settings
Ten Ubuntu Noob Tips
Configuring Logitech Mice
NTFS read/write Support ntfs-3g
XP Access to Linux Ext2
Share Thunderbird & Firefox Data Between Ubuntu & Windows
Windows XP under Ubuntu Dapper
Asher256's Repository
Ubuntu Edgy Eft Complete sources.list
Automatically Schedule Applications
Active Directory and Ubuntu
VMware Server On Ubuntu
LAMP On Ubuntu 6.06 For Noobs
Ubuntu LAMP Server Installation With Screenshots
Ubuntu 6.10 Server (Edgy Eft) LAMP Installation With Screenshots
Run XP Apps and Games
Configure Dialup
GTK Wifi Aplet
WPA encrypted Wifi with Ubuntu
Enable WPA WAP
Web based VPN with SSL-Explorer on Ubuntu
Linux Wireless Networking
Linux Wireless Driver
Broadcom Wireless Cards
Roll Your Own Firewall
Setup Lexmark Printers
Step-By-Step Configuration of NAT with iptables
Install .rpm Files in Ubuntu
Installing and configuring FireHOL
Create Rescue and Recovery Disk
Use Windows to Control Ubuntu Remotely
SlingBox SlingPlayer
Advanced Tips and Tricks
Archiving and Compression
Turning Ubuntu into Kubuntu
MythTV Ubuntu Installation Guide
Install Myth Web
Convert CHM Files
Screen Resolution Howto
i915 Chipset Screen Resolution Fix
4 ways to Run Root Without a Password
Taking Backups Using tar
Virtualization With Xen
DOS Emulation with DOSBox
Access Your Music Collection From Everywhere
Software RAID 5 in Ubuntu
Accessing Windows Or Samba Shares Using AutoFS
Disable IPV6 to speed up Internet
"Start" Menu Button in Ubuntu

SSH On Ubuntu
Subversion on Ubuntu
Back Up/Restore With Ghost4Linux
Turn a Web Cam into a Security Cam
3D Acceleration in ATI Mobility Radeon
Create and Manage Virtual Machines Using VirtualBox

Desktop & Appearance
Changing the Ubuntu Look
XGL & Beryl
AIGLX & Beryl
XGL & CompositeManager
ClearType Fonts in Ubuntu
GNOME Desktop Basics
GNOME 2.2 Desktop Guide
GTK 2.x Themes
Rotating Desktop Wallpaper
Desktop EyeCandy
3D Iptable Connection Visualization
Alternate Desktop Managers


Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Rugby World Cup, Marketing Projects in the Works, Linux bringing life back to a 400Mhz Laptop


I have adopted two hand-me-down laptops. they are Dell CPi 400Mhz, one has 512Mb of ram - the other - 256Mb. Not what you would consider fast by any means. I installed Xubuntu to keep the system resources down.

My computational experience has been lacking. While I can run a browser and watch videos, I lack a crispness in EVERYTHING I do. I'm typing this blog on the 512Mb laptop and I can type at least 4 words before having to pause and let it catch up.

Xubuntu is designed for lower end machines. The entire windows manager is 80Mb, compared to gnome which is several hundreds of Mbs. I've seem to find a use for these laptops in VNC. I can connect to my my main computer and use the laptop as an extra screen. It greatly increases the productivity of these really slow Pentium II computers and allows me to run programs from my bed.


Been two weeks since quiting smoking cold turkey. I've gotten my energy back. With my lungs getting healthier, I have more access to my energy reserves. I'm using this energy to get ready for the upcoming season. A couple of friends of mine have the Rugby World Cup on Setanta. I'll be watching this weekend.


I found great website to emulate my marketing website. I want to run a side business installing Ubuntu on other people's machines. However, I may take a side job as a Jager rep. This is a recent development for me, but offers some extra $$$. I've also put together a trailfire account with a fog rugby trailfire. It's a great resource for people who want to research the fog and also for people who want to build a better rugby team. My Fog rugby Trailfire: