Sunday, November 30, 2008

Other Uses for an OLPC

Baby webcam monitor..
Downloaded motion and set it up, put the lpatop on some furniture and left my daughter sleeping while I watched her in a browser window from another room. It worked ok.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New OLPC Spin

Funny thing coincidences.. I was talking to a co-worker about the OLPC and suggesting he avoid vmware images or ISOs and that instead he should use a Fedora system and add Sugar from RPM because the ISOs that I had seen and become out-of-date or unavailable.. and then we found Sebastian Dziallas reports there is a new spin of Sugar available from Fedora. This is a customized version of Fedora that can be run as a live cd or even from a USB stick.

Downloading now..

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ruby Rocks!

About two weeks ago, I was at Nerdbooks (check them out at and I bought a couple of great books; The Art of Debugging and Programming Ruby.

The Art of Debugging by Matloff and Salzman from Nostarch Press. I picked this up off the shelf and found a couple of things I didn't know about using gdb inside a minute so I went ahead and got it. The plan is to have it around for those late-night sessions when using gdb on some weird version of Unix (like, say, AIX) is keeping me at the office. Its also proven a good book to share with the team..

The other book is Programming Ruby by Dave Thomas from Pragmatic Bookshelf and it is gathering dust. I only got this because I may have to work with some Ruby programmers at the office and I want to find out more about the language. It seemed like a good idea at the time.. After all, Ruby rocks! Right?