Mar 05


OLPCI keep forgetting to post about my little XO laptop 1 — so far he’s really fun to use, and now that

has reconfigured my wireless (to use some other security protocol, I think (?)) I can always connect from my living room. This means that (if nothing else), I now have a handy, small web browser in the living room, which is convenient. 2

I honestly haven’t done much of what the XO is supposed to be best at (the mesh network stuff), just because there hasn’t been a lot of opportunity. I did go to a XO session at FUDcon, but spent most of the time trying to get an update of the software load, so I didn’t get to play much.

has one, but, quite frankly, he’s usually sitting beside me on the couch when we’re using the XOs. so it hasn’t made much sense to focus on “connecting remotely.”

When I was in Vegas for the Nortel Sales Conference, I used the XO as a word processor to type my entries for the blog that I was co-authoring (had to transfer with SD card, as there was no open intranet connection, but it still worked fine). It was sorta nifty to carry Awlp around at the conference, since the Nortel sales people often recognized the XO (we’re a corporate sponsor of the project). Of course, before leaving for the sales conference, I had to make a fuzzy bag for Awlp, which I posted about over at the XO Forums (so far not a lot of response. Feh.) 2

1 I’ve named my XO “Awlp” 4 because I bought him in the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program, and OLPC is pronounced “Awlp” in my head.
2 The BIG TV is connected to the media server, which is connected to the home network, so technically, I’ve always been able to have the interwebs in the living room, but, honestly, it was sort of a pain in the rear to switch the source on the TV and find the wireless keyboard and remote, etc. etc.
3 Yes, the bag matches my outfit. Your point? ;-)
4 I named him, so I had to give him eyes! (Or maybe I had to give him eyes, so then he needed a name?)

Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2008/03/05/awlp/


  1. meep

    Hey! You got my XO! (we’re still waiting for it to ship)

    (also – is that bag knit/crochet/woven? I may make a crocheted bag once we get ours.)

    1. gina

      Sewn, actually, although there are a few people who’ve knit bags with wool then felted them for strength (assume you could do same with crochet)…

      1. meep

        If you’re using the right materials, you don’t need to felt crocheted bags. Knit isn’t quite as sturdy, of course, and gets stretched out.

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