The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

In Troubled Times It's Good To Extend A Hand - Your Turn

The fine and very fabulous Brenda W (http://www.coffee.geek.nz) passed this on and I now ask you to read it, pass it on (cut-n-paste is grand, go for it) or even better donate!
Time for me to ask fir a little favour. On Monday, we are going live with another round of G1G1 [Mike: "Give 1 Get 1"]. It's turning out to be really hard to ship outside of US, but we're starting get better at twisting Amazon's arm, and there's an initial promise to start shipping to parts of Europe. Aus/NZ aren't yet on the list, but I am hopeful for an early-to-mid-2009 push.

People from anywhere can "just give" which means donate via Amazon.

The more XOs [Mike: name of the laptop - more ...] that move via G1G1, the more laptops we have to run small and medium sized pilots, to developers doing interesting stuff (like Moodle!), and most importantly to supply laptops to small Pacific Island nations where a "small pilot" can cover the whole place -- like we've done in Niue.


Let me just cut in there and say that the Niue work has a very definite Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand connection with the whole shebang being worked on by Ian Thomson.

On with the details:

So if you were thinking of blogging about OLPC and hadn't... well, now's the time! :-)

Some good links:

- http://www.laptop.org/ - has lots of interesting content. Right now takes your email but on Monday will switch to a link to order @amazon ...

- the link is http://amazon.com/xo :-)

- The G1G1 launch brief
http://blog.laptop.org/2008/11/10/give-a-laptop-change-the-world-2008-edition/
-- together with my favourite banner

- Some super secret TV ads will be aired in the US -- and posted on youtube. I've seen some draft versions and they're cool.

- http://wiki.laptop.org/ for documentation from educational strategies, countries status to development (Moodle customisations, linux kernel drivers and everything in between)

- Daniel Drake's excellent blog entries about Ethiopia http://www.reactivated.net/weblog/

- Our official blog http://blog.laptop.org/ - several good posts about the G1G1 thing

- Slightly less official 'Planet OLPC' http://planet.laptop.org/

... that's a ton of material -- plenty to read and to grab from / link to if you want :-)

cheers,
m
--
martin@laptop.org -- School Server Architect
- ask interesting questions
- don't get distracted with shiny stuff - working code first
- http://wiki.laptop.org/go/User:Martinlanghoff


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