I might have overreacted just a bit

An update on the whole Windows – OLPC business courtesy of planet OLPC

So its not quite that bad. Microsoft is working on their own with no real assistance from the OLPC people. That I can sort of live with. I am still bothered by their part in this entire process though.

Good news and bad news

The Good: Dell starts selling computers with Ubuntu installed  – You might actually get me to buy a Dell now. Maybe. I spent a few too many years repairing them to trust their build quality.

The Bad: The OLPC will cost $175 and run WindowsXP – *blinks, at a loss for words*

Am I the only person to who this sounds a bit backwards?

Oh, and as a bonus, a great critique of Microsoft’s new $3 Windows scam program

I Talk Tomorrow

As part of this week’s events at the job, I shall be participating in a panel on Open Source for Sustainable African Development. My talk shall be focused primarily on education.

Now, since giving this talk in front of what promises to be a fairly large audience wasn’t likely to stress me out enough, My co-presenters are Nhlanhla Mbaso, who works for the Meraka institute in South Africa(speaking on e-governance), and Dapo Ladimeji, a Nigerian living in the UK who is heavily involved in FOSSFA and has been for a while now(speaking on the African ICT industry)

Hence, I am the youngest and least experienced member of the panel. Great.

Now, I was going to give a fairly generic talk with a flash of the kind of ultra long term thinking I prefer to do in private at the end, but then I actually spoke to my co-panelists. It was one of those good rambling talks that ends up covering a ton of ground in a bunch of different areas and makes you aware of how similar some African problems are. Some of the ideas from there might end up on this blog in due time, if I work up the nerve to ever start putting up my thoughts on the long term future of the continent and what I see as its problems.

Anyway, now I have to skip some of the more generic parts of my talk for some of the bigger questions and some of the answers I think I have to them. Talking about this stuff in a formal setting is definitely unusual and a bit unnerving, but we’ll see how it goes. I have come to the conclusion that while I may not be the most qualified person to speak on this, I do have relevant background experience, plus the crowd is free to treat me like an idiot and ignore everything I say. That helps

Now back to preparing beamer slides. Wish me luck people.

Windows may be seeing its last days here

For the last month or so I’ve been dual booting Windows XP with Kubuntu Feisty as it goes through the development cycle. Interestingly they support all the hardware on the laptop with the exception of some sound issues I still need to fix. Otherwise its a very usable system

I honestly haven’t booted back into XP in at least a month. The only thing Windows has had going for it in the recent past has been gaming. This isn’t quite a gaming laptop though. And there’s a ton of free games out there for me to play with if I decide to get back to gaming.

Hence, I’ve decided to step up and actually be the free software advocate I play at work. Once Feisty goes final I say goodbye to windows on this machine and go Linux only. There’s no reason not to and frankly I could probably use the 15 GB of hard disk space I currently have assigned to an OS I barely touch

The portable writing surface

Remember I mentioned my new mobile writing device? Well here she is.


Pretty isn’t she? Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce Wakanda, A HP Pavillion dv2000z carrying

A 1.6 Ghz AMD Turion x2
1 Gig of Ram
80 GB hard drive
intergrated Geforce 6150 graphics
Integrated webcam and mic
14.1 inch widescreen monitor @ 1280×800

Not the most powerful system on the planet, but definitely loaded with enough power for my writing, coding and game playing needs. Right now she’s running Windows XP Home(very occasionally) and Kubuntu Edgy(where this post is being typed)

I’ll talk more about issues I have with linux, especially in Ghana, later.

She’s still being configured though. I don’t yet have all the software I want installed on either platform, though the linux box is much further along.

Speaking of configuration, if anyone has wallpapers of the following, I’d love to get my hands on a copy

1. Anything Milestone Comics related, but especilly Static and Hardware
2. Black Panther. She is called Wakanda after all
3. Anything Martial Arts related

Otherwise, this is how I’ll be typing most of my posts to you now. Lets hope she holds up as well as she looks