Randal Schwartz and Leo

Don’t miss this fun new video from Randal Schwartz and Leo about Squeak, EToys and OLPC.  Randal builds a very nice car demo.

Nepal and Japan

Hi Squeakers,
Enclosed kindly find the information about International Squeak Live Video Conference in Nepal and Japan to be held Feb 28, 2008.  If you are interested to contribute or participate, you are most welcome.

Best regards,
Yogesh Shrestha

International Squeak Live Video Conference (pdf)

XO in the US Virgin Islands

12 February, 2008

Waveplace XO Day

Great video of the Waveplace XO Laptop Day.

Demand OLPC

5 December, 2007

Non-Universal Learning

As they roll off the production line demand for the little education laptop is growing. The OLPC project, created by Nicholas Negroponte, to help teach the worlds children is starting to gain real traction. It sure didn’t take long to run through the first production run! The Give 1 Get 1 program appears to have been a big success. The program was extended through the end of 2007. Don’t wait get yours now!

Over the weekend Peru pushed the demand over the first run ordering 260,000 laptops. We are very happy that the huge potential is being recognized. The stories and pictures of the children around the world receiving their laptops are terrific.

We like to speculate about the benefits that these computers will bring to a world with such limited resources. How will these tools help to enhance the ability of teachers, provide access to materials and resources that help children learn, and eventually eliminate poverty in our world?

It is easy to get the wrong idea about what this computer is, just as it is easy to get the wrong idea of the benefit of the internet. There is so much of the internet that is not good for children. The explosion of new social media has many people asking if letting children on the internet at all is even a good idea. It is true that delivering access to basic software and the internet is of little value and could even be considered harmful. If the OLPC project was about delivering laptops there would really be no good reason to support it.

OLPC is not laptops, it’s software. It’s Squeak and EToys. It’s communications and collaboration. It’s coordination of lesson plans between teachers and with students. This is no regular computer, it’s an education platform geared to enhance the abilities of teachers to teach. To extend the reach of real educators, to provide a common platform so that the worlds brightest minds can reach across the great north-south divide and help teach children that have so little resources. It is a way to share the greatest discoveries of the past with the children of the future. There is no better way to fight violence and poverty than with education.

Children around the world will benefit from the extraordinary efforts of all the volunteers and participants in this very worthwhile project. Children that may even be in your own back yard. Like maybe Birmingham Alabama in the U.S.A. where the city just ordered 15,000 laptops for every child in grade 1 through 8.

It appears the questions about success are beginning to fade. The real question is can production keep up with demand. Demand OLPC today. There is no substitute for the little education laptop.

OOPSLA 2007

Alexandre Bergel and Göran Krampe reported on the mailing-list (1, 2) the highlights of the Squeak BOF session at OOPSLA 2007 on Monday:

  • Jamie Douglass discussed CAT, an alternative to SmaCC
  • Andrew P. Black showed “Squeak by Example” (and sold a few more copies!)
  • Alessandro Warth showed how to implement a JavaScript interpreter in 300 lines of code by using OMeta (SqueakMap page, paper[pdf] co-authored with Ian Piumarta)
  • Göran gave a presentation on DeltaStreams
  • Maurice Rabb talked about condensing the change and sources files of Squeak
  • Alexandre Bergel introduced Athena Smalltalk – a Smalltalk Virtual Machine in Java, and intended to be embedded in Java applications (project homepage)
  • Bert Freudenberg and Yoshiki Ohshima demonstrated eToys on the OLPC XO laptop

Göran filmed the event, and has made the videos available at his blog.

Alexander Lazarevič is making compressed versions available through an online player:

Bert and Olpc on German TV

Check out Bert and Olpc on the tagesschau.de. The video is in German. Notice the link on the left “100-Dollar-Laptop” that will take you right to the clip. Feel free to skip the computer salesman’s comments. Who knows where they got this guy from! The project must be looking up if this is the best they can do. It’s like the debate about global warming in the U.S.A. For a long time we’d hear that scientists have reached a global consensus, all except Joe – from the Wyoming Science Club who says global warming doesn’t exist.

This is a very exciting time for olpc. Congratulations everyone.

Seaside Builder preview

Hernán Morales and his colleagues have been working for a while on an interface builder tool to generate Seaside components (pages) dynamically, and they have just released a video showing their work so far. The ideas are based on a visual programming tool for Windows called WindowBuilder Pro.

The tool, called Seaside Builder, has support for most common web controls (TextField, Panel, RadioButton, TextArea, Label, Button, Anchor, CheckBoxGroup, RadioButtonGroup, ListBox, FieldSet).

See the video (19 MB) at:

http://smartware.com.ar/builder.avi
http://cs.hernanmorales.com.ar/SeasideBuilder.avi

(Image from Torsten Bergmann’s blog)

OLPC Interface

David Pogue at NYTimes reviews the One Laptop Per Child computer.  Don’t miss the video clip, it’s very cool.

Pretty cool stuff!!

Qwaq - Intel

For those of you who want to see Croquet in action, check out the keynote by Justin Rattner from Intel’s developer forum in San Francisco this morning:

http://www.intel.com/pressroom/kits/events/idffall_2007/webcasts.htm

The topic is “The rise of the 3D Internet” and Croquet is featured both in the talk in general (as an example of P2P collaboration environment) and live via a Qwaq Forums demonstration (about 15mins into the talk).

Also, a link to the press release of the Qwaq/Intel collaboration:

http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20070920corp_a.htm
http://www.qwaq.com/press/release_2007-09-20.html