OLPC, Basecamp, twitter

After hearing the buzz generated by One Laptop Per Child I decided to give it a go. Building from source was painful, and I eventually dropped a pre-built ext3 image into parallels. The UI is simple, which is good. Didn’t try the games, but they looked interesting.

Since there didnt’ seem to be hover-over text, I found the icons to be less than intuitive. That A-looking this is a word processor? What’s that boxy thing for?

I’m not going to pass judgement until I put my kid(s) in front of it and see what they think. Good start, needs some work. And some more applications.

Also trying out 37signals basecamp. I like it, it’s very nifty, and it has helpers in all the major OS environments. I’m considering an upgrade to the paid version so I can manage more than one project in a single account.

I guess I’m the only twitter user in my LJ circle. Slackers. Where are all my social network early adopters?

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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12 Responses to OLPC, Basecamp, twitter

  1. z_kungfu says:

    ok I’ll twitter…

  2. badger says:

    Where are all my social network early adopters?
    Not seeing the point.

  3. gandalfgreyhame says:

    Where did you get the ext3 image from?

  4. ovrclokd says:

    hey, i’m going to sign up for a free basecamp account to see if it’s useful. if you want me to list you as my referrer, let me know what your referrer code is…

  5. alchemist says:

    It appears my affiliate code is “sonney”

    I know, I know, it’s not some obscure hex number. I’m as shocked as you are…

    The full link is : http://basecamphq.com/?referrer=sonney

  6. gandalfgreyhame says:

    figures it’d be on redhat.com :) thanks!

  7. clubjuggler says:

    Do you still have the ext3 image? Looks like the prebuilt images are having trouble and aren’t on Red Hat right now. :-(

  8. alchemist says:

    I don’t have an unmodified version anymore. Sorry.

  9. alchemist says:

    If you go up to build 263 (from Thursday) you can get that image. Looks like something in 264 forward is broken in the disk image generation.

  10. salimma says:

    I guess I’m the only twitter user in my LJ circle. Slackers.

    Yeah, I’ve had the same problem — getting people to sign up to Twitter and Mugshot (and you’d think Mugshot would be easier, since it let you aggregate most of your social networking stuff!)

  11. alchemist says:

    Mugshot just doesn’t seem to really grab me – I mean, it’s certainly social networking for geeks, and has a way better UI than myspace…I dunno. none of them really grab me.

    Might be time to play with Ning.

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