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  1. 1) indeed. 2) hopefully - and hopefully I can get people more knowledgeable than I to point me in the right direction 3) :- ^zillion Oh gee... I am right now in a long process to clean out and hopefully divest myself of a lot of what I have accumulated. Part of the problem is that dumpster diving is not "scalable" or transferable to poorer countries. In some places they actually do sell SOME dead electronics - I can get very nice stepper motors in Bolivia for abour $1 USD, two people sell those in this huge open air market in El Alto. However, even a deader than doornail printer mig
  2. @rockets4kids 1) Myself, I wish I could ditch the GUI and operate on bare metal! I am too nob for that. 2) Alas, yes, what I am trying to do is to offer low-ramp entry to MCUs using the tool kids have available, and XOs is something available in some places. Indeed older laptops are almost free - in the US. But they keep a good value elsewhere. An example: a Dell machine I was gifted (as a discard) a couple months ago would go for over $400 in Bolivia... Over 800.000 kids in Per
  3. Thank you, Robert 1) The base system is Fedora 17 - yum works mostly, and the issue about repositories being misdirected by https seems to be solved in the newer release http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Release_notes/12.1.0 I am unsure that is always the case worldwide - Uruguay has had a tradition of doing their own release, often many months behind the Sugarlabs(?) one. Because of the newer Gnome, I mostly work still in an older release, which is Fedora 14 based, and I know the mspdebug for that one does not handle the newer 2553 MSP430s - which is fine for me, since I am a junkie of testing m
  4. The XOs are affordable, reasonably powerfull netbooks by 2005, designed by the One Laptop Per Child project, so far in the hands of a couple million kids. Personally I am trying to learn and pass on the knowledge on how to "43oh" on that platform. So far more learning trhan anything else... Many challenges, not the least the confusion about what examples availables in the 'net will work. I will try to give Energia a closer look. So far it seems enormous for my platform of choice, the OLPC XO-1, where at most I can use 500 Mb of storage. (XO'1-5 and 1.75 have more flash memory)
  5. maybe mirrors instead of lenses? a well focused lens would likely shatter a solar cell (will test next time it's sunny) * <-sun \_/<- mirror ^ solar cell anyway, congrats! current rant follows formerly a S-fair judge at the school-level, I can vouch on how very much of a diff it makes for a kiddo to have the support of their parents. Felt very, very sorry for those who obviously did all they humanly could by their very selves, but couldn't beat great lab-notes + extra-curriculars and such, and maybe especially the chance to try and err - and report and learn from th
  6. I am for the long haul committed to help with education, especially focusing on the needs of those who have the least opportunities. Recently I came across the Launchpad G MSP430s I wonder how to make them "make a difference" in education. 1) sensors, some foolprof way to attach them to OLPC XOs, some GUI to see what they "see" 2) outputs, some simple way to make them do things. The "lowest level" single printed stuff I've come across is Conrad's Stiquito book, but even that is very far away from what a school in Nepal can apply... Ideas, concepts, much welcome! Thank
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