Posts Tagged ‘olpc’

Windows XP on the OLPC demo

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Watch and enjoy. I can’t wait to get my hands on this to try out. I’m really interested to see what it would be like to develop for. I’m also curious to learn more about the Unlimited Potential group inside of Microsoft.

OLPC, future of computing, and stuff…

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

I found this ad today while doing a little research about Microsoft’s SharePoint Server

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I very much like the juxtaposition of Mary Kay “Enriching Women’s Lives” and Grand Theft Auto

It’s pure magic.

I wouldn’t have guessed that this ad was a good idea on this page as it is.  Let alone the conflict that occurs with the featured quote author.

I’m just saying.

I found this ad today while doing a little research about Microsoft’s SharePoint Server

image

I very much like the juxtaposition of Mary Kay “Enriching Women’s Lives” and Grand Theft Auto

It’s pure magic.

I wouldn’t have guessed that this ad was a good idea on this page as it is.  Let alone the conflict that occurs with the featured quote author.

I’m just saying.

I found this ad today while doing a little research about Microsoft’s SharePoint Server

image

I very much like the juxtaposition of Mary Kay “Enriching Women’s Lives” and Grand Theft Auto

It’s pure magic.

I wouldn’t have guessed that this ad was a good idea on this page as it is.  Let alone the conflict that occurs with the featured quote author.

I’m just saying.

I managed to convince some of my co-workers to start using Live Mesh as a lightweight collaboration tool.  The experience has been interesting so far.  We’re all  working with one shared folder at the moment.  Since the features are pretty limited in the preview that’s about the best we can do.

One of the first things that really surprised me was how limited it is at understanding what’s going on with a document that is being “shared.”  For example we’re all working on one Excel document.  A real simple list of information.  If two or more of us have it open, sildenafil then who ever saves it last overwrites the version.  The history in the News section can be a little delayed at times while things sync so it’s not always obvious that someone else is editing the document. 

I was happy to see that the service did notice an issue and gave me a chance to save my version with a different name.  But it seemed to take a couple of minutes before I saw the notification in the right hand Mesh bar.  I’ll see if I can re-create it so I can get some screen caps.

I can’t wait until there is better application integration.  It would have been super nice to let me know that some else had it open still.  And better yet notified me in the app that it had changed.  Most of the office apps have a merge features built in.

I’d also like to see a way to share areas of a document.  For example, in Excel, it would be cool to define a Mesh enabled range of fields and allow for real time sharing of those fields.  So that when someone else updates them, I could except the change and see it in my working document.  Same could be true in Word.  Then it would be like SubEthaEdit only with all the features of Word.

I’d like to talk about the News feature of Mesh next, but I think I’m going to keep that as an entry of it’s own.  I have a lot to say about it.

I found this ad today while doing a little research about Microsoft’s SharePoint Server

image

I very much like the juxtaposition of Mary Kay “Enriching Women’s Lives” and Grand Theft Auto

It’s pure magic.

I wouldn’t have guessed that this ad was a good idea on this page as it is.  Let alone the conflict that occurs with the featured quote author.

I’m just saying.

I found this ad today while doing a little research about Microsoft’s SharePoint Server

image

I very much like the juxtaposition of Mary Kay “Enriching Women’s Lives” and Grand Theft Auto

It’s pure magic.

I wouldn’t have guessed that this ad was a good idea on this page as it is.  Let alone the conflict that occurs with the featured quote author.

I’m just saying.

I managed to convince some of my co-workers to start using Live Mesh as a lightweight collaboration tool.  The experience has been interesting so far.  We’re all  working with one shared folder at the moment.  Since the features are pretty limited in the preview that’s about the best we can do.

One of the first things that really surprised me was how limited it is at understanding what’s going on with a document that is being “shared.”  For example we’re all working on one Excel document.  A real simple list of information.  If two or more of us have it open, sildenafil then who ever saves it last overwrites the version.  The history in the News section can be a little delayed at times while things sync so it’s not always obvious that someone else is editing the document. 

I was happy to see that the service did notice an issue and gave me a chance to save my version with a different name.  But it seemed to take a couple of minutes before I saw the notification in the right hand Mesh bar.  I’ll see if I can re-create it so I can get some screen caps.

I can’t wait until there is better application integration.  It would have been super nice to let me know that some else had it open still.  And better yet notified me in the app that it had changed.  Most of the office apps have a merge features built in.

I’d also like to see a way to share areas of a document.  For example, in Excel, it would be cool to define a Mesh enabled range of fields and allow for real time sharing of those fields.  So that when someone else updates them, I could except the change and see it in my working document.  Same could be true in Word.  Then it would be like SubEthaEdit only with all the features of Word.

I’d like to talk about the News feature of Mesh next, but I think I’m going to keep that as an entry of it’s own.  I have a lot to say about it.

olpc I’m sitting here in a Starbucks trying out the OLPC as a blogging platform. It’s a great little machine for so many reasons, decease doctor but I’m actually finding myself a little limited trying to do real stuff that I do everyday on this system. Sure it wasn’t designed for this at all so I will be fair and not judge it too harshly. The browsing experience is really well done. I just wish I had some tabs in here. maybe it’s for the best that I don’t.

Sugar is a real interesting twist on the OS, prostate and what an OS can be. As a Give 1 Get 1 user the experience of the system for me is very different from that of the intended user. That being said, more about now that I’ve got the xochat.org jabber service working I can experience the community side of everything. Which change everything for the user. It’s a lot more then just chat. Being able to collaborate in real time in a AbiWord is fun. I think for student there are all sorts of fun activities that could be done with this. Then the fact that every application allows for sharing and collaboration is new way to think about applications in general.

Back to the topic of blogging with the OLPC. If I use the machine as a thin client and have all my services be web based it rocks. When I try to use the client side applications I’m running in to challenges. For example Writing in Abiword and then getting that document in to an email or blog post isn’t intuitive at all. The concept of a file structure is gone and instead is all part of the “journal.”

Since everything is written in Python, I guess I could just look at extending the applications myself. I’d like to add a publish to blog feature to AbiWord. Integrate the Chat application with Twitter. Get the camera to post directly to Flickr.

With those types of services the laptop become much more useful to me.

Then there’s this other disruptive piece of hardware that I use everyday. My iPhone. As the iPhone evolves and gets more powerful, there becomes less and less of a need for a subnotebook computer to me. As the technology gets cheaper it really feels like cell phone technology will remove the need for a low cost computing platform.

Then I guess we’re left with just a few types of machines:

  • Servers – to host all this mesh and cloud computing information
  • High end clients or workstations – used when you need real computing power for graphics, video, audio and software development
  • light clients – mini computers, cell phones, and such to be used everyday as our communications centers
  • media systems – for gaming, PVRs, home entertainment boxes that need a little more power. Would the surface fit in here?

Am I missing anything from that list?