G1G1 : the XO is the best-selling computer on Amazon

The XO has been in the #1 spot for computers and PCs yesterday and today.   Rock on! I’m slowly moving away from my Thinkpad to my XO for development and other work, as I improve my setup with keyboards and monitors, get more frustrated with this power-sucking device, and as the 8.2 interface improves.  Once I can switch freely b/t Fedora or Debian and Sugar desktops later this month, I may stop using my Lenovo entirely.

As usual, please send people to laptop.org/xo when telling them about our program; that way we capture the referral fee and any questions about giving more than one, or simply giving a laptop, are answered from the main OLPC information page.

Feedback from emails and blog posts

A handful of people are leaving messages each day via email, on this blog (and even more on OLPC posts on my personal blog, the Longest Now), and as private messages to the olpc accounts on flickr and YouTube. I am compiling a selection of the most interesting ones on a feedback page.  Have you received great feedback or replies, positive or negative, to OLPC stories you have posted?  If so, tell us about it!

New laptop.org site reaches 1 million hits in two days

Hello world, Henry Edward Hardy, OLPC sysadmin here.

I’ve just been looking at some of the stats for the new One Laptop Per Child laptop.org site. The site went live on the 14th of November, and we should hit 1 million hits as I am writing this.

The site has been up for two days.

Here are the daily stats so far:

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Day Number of visits Pages Hits Bandwidth
01 Nov 2008 0 0 0 0
02 Nov 2008 0 0 0 0
03 Nov 2008 0 0 0 0
04 Nov 2008 0 0 0 0
05 Nov 2008 0 0 0 0
06 Nov 2008 0 0 0 0
07 Nov 2008 0 0 0 0
08 Nov 2008 0 0 0 0
09 Nov 2008 0 0 0 0
10 Nov 2008 0 0 0 0
11 Nov 2008 0 0 0 0
12 Nov 2008 2 22 62 172.08 KB
13 Nov 2008 2 7 45 259.87 KB
14 Nov 2008 733 16359 94851 1.56 GB
15 Nov 2008 7243 61244 344364 5.70 GB
16 Nov 2008 11144 76432 546098 7.34 GB
17 Nov 2008 402 3261 17138 304.45 MB

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Hardware hacking : first pass at an XO Projector

Guest post by Yama Ploskonka

Yama wandered into the offices yesterday with some unusual gear.   We were all surprised that he managed to bring it onto the plane with him…

An LCD projector, the kind you buy at electronics stores for $500 or so is basically an LCD screen, a light source, and some optics, and stuff to keep it cool, build an image and such. The hard part of finding information in the internet about how to build one at home is that there is so much of it.

Mary Lou Jepsen has talked about building a $100 projector in the past, using different parts.  But the XO happens to have an LCD screen, and differently from the screens I have hacked in before, the XO is designed to be easy to take apart.
Doing the basic set up took me about 6 months of imagining, and 6 hours of actual work – your mileage may vary.

The end result was exciting, we actually were able to see the XO screen projected on the wall. Details and procedure below the fold.

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The OLPC Laptop Guide hits bookshelves near you

guest post by the inimitable Anne Gentle

Copy this book! We hope you will.  I am proud to say that through a collaboration with One Laptop per Child, Sugar Labs and FLOSS Manuals, a print and online manual about using the XO laptop and Sugar operating system is now available as via print-on-demand at Lulu.com.   Tom Brady checked it out when he was visiting the office last week and thought it was pretty neat.

You can order your own print copy for a modest price – someone walks off with one of mine every week, and I’m due to order some more.  Or you can read it on your XO laptop –  the PDF is always available for free and for remixing into your own works. Soon, the book will be for sale on Amazon as well.

Two sides of an elegant book
Two sides of an elegant book

The OLPC Laptop Guide has a simple, clean cover design and the content inside was written by a community of professional writers, editors, open source experts, and OLPC staff. This book contains 240 pages of how-to information for your XO laptop and the operating system that kids love, Sugar. This book was written by a group of people in the unique wiki tool offered by FLOSS Manuals. Much of the content was written in a five-day collaborative BookSprint. In it you’ll find instructions for connecting with and caring for this unique little laptop. The neat thing is, once you’re done with a real book, you can pass it on to the next person who wants to learn about their XO. Get a book and pass it on.