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Give 1, Get 1 starts November 12.

OLPC logoOLPC (One Laptop Per Child) will begin taking orders for the xo laptop starting on November 12 with a nice twist: You pay for two (around $400), one is shipped to you and the other to a needy child in a third world country. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQbtebeftyA] Another interesting news item: EA donates SimCity to OLPC.

Gettin' Gutsy (Gibbon, that is)

I have worked with personal computers since the days of DOS. I've loaded and upgraded every incarnation of the Windows OS, worked with a number of Mac OS versions and have been tinkering with GNU/Linux for about half that time. That said, I have NEVER seen an upgrade of an OS as smooth as my recent upgrade from Ubuntu Linux 7.4 (Fiesty Fawn) to 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon). The steps are detailed on the Ubuntu site.

$199 Green PC (or is it the Google PC?)

How is Walmart able to sell a $199 PC ? I mentioned this briefly in a previous blog. This is a very low end machine, of course (and you will note the monitor is not included)

March of the penguins.

Linux mascotI've been interested in OSS and GNU/Linux for many years and wondered (as well as read) often "Is this the year for Linux?" I do think there is a tipping point and we may be quite near it, a quiet momentum that will tip the balance from a proprietary to an OSS world. I've been running dual booting systems for several years now, but Ubuntu has become my preferred OS. I have no desire to switch to Vista. In fact, it seems Vista may be a force contributing to the tipping point.

I Never Metadata I Didn't Like (not Will Rogers)

Living in Oklahoma, I couldn't resist the tag line of this piece by Jacob Harris in the New York Times' Open Source blog. Another thing I couldn't resist was his mention of the role of librarians in creating metadata (though not by that term) for the NYT since 1851. Mr.

OSS: Easy as cake.

My major project for the class this blog is part of involves a web presence to serve as an introduction to open source software (OSS). I will surely write more about this as time passes. In fact, much of my time is currently spent working on this project as it involves learning how to use and customize the Drupal content management system (CMS). I've talked to many people about OSS and why I think it is so important and it is often difficult to convey the difference between OSS and proprietary software.

Don't push my buttons!

Part of my current MLIS coursework (for which this blog is a requirement) is a book titled Don't Make me Think by Steve Krug. It is an excellent, easy read about how to design websites with an eye on usability. For the most part, I love what Krug has to say. But, one premise of his I disagree with, though I do it with some trepidation, is that clickable links should be three dimensional buttons. I especially find it confusing because he also contends that the logo (which, btw, should always be at the top of the page) is the default home "button".

ISO:NO OOXML

The vote count was close, but it appears that Microsoft's OOXML as an International standard has been voted down .
A ballot on whether to publish the draft standard ISO/IEC DIS 29500, Information technology – Office Open XML file formats, as an International Standard by ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) has not achieved the required number of votes for approval.

Hasta la vista, Vista.

I just recieved an email from eWeek titled The Trouble with Vista. The linked sideshow addresses ten major problems with Windows Vista, and I have to say I've been reading a lot about this lately and have had several friends and patrons who don't like Vista. Some people who recently bought systems pre-installed with Vista asked for my help to switch back to Windows XP (which really is a fairly good and stable OS).
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