Ordering an OLPC laptop from Trinidad

Since the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) has access to a OLPC laptop, I’ve been tinkering with it, updating the firmware and the operating system image file. It has been shown at a TTCS meeting and you can see photos of the OLPC in action in Trinidad at the TTCS meeting.

photo of the OLPC laptop at a Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society meeting

Until December 31st, 2007, one can get the OLPC under the Give One Get One program . However, when I tried to order one online, I encountered the same problem as CFR : you’re required to create a Paypal account and the online web form is meant for US and Canada donors.

Luckily, I did something yesterday that I should have done earlier : Read the OLPC Give One Get One FAQ . And behold :

“If I live outside of the US or Canada, may I participate in Give One Get One?
Yes, but only if you provide a shipping address within the US or Canada. To participate, please call 1-949-608-2865. International calling charges will apply.”

So, I called today (December 31st, 2007), gave my credit card and my P.O Box address in Florida and placed an order. It will be useful to have two OLPCs at TTCS meetings to demonstrate the mesh capability of the OLPC laptops. The official OLPC wiki also has lots of information ,both news and technical details about the OLPC.

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.84 released

Season Greetings from the management of the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society!

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.84 is available for download at Filefront. Other download mirrors will be updated soon.

Changes from v1.83

  • updated GanttProject, Wikidpad, Maxima, Kobo Deluxe, Portable Puzzle Collection, Sokoban YASC, Freeciv, Paint.NET, XAMPP Lite, VirtualDub, PDFCreator, Launchy.

Re-coded the installers for Kobo Deluxe v0.51 (which was released December 27th, 2007) and VirtualDub using NSIS and improved on the installers by using the actual program icons for the program shortcuts in the Windows’ Start Menu. Seemingly small detail, but it is the small details that can detract from using a program.

TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.83 released

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.83 is available for download at Filefront. Other download mirrors (thank you all!) will be updated soon.

  • Date created : December 10th, 2007
  • File name : ttcs_osswin_cd_v1.83.iso
  • File size : 691 MB (725,065,728 bytes)
  • MD5 checksum : b997e23e90a60d4d5e407f5709742614 / b997e23e 90a60d4d 5e407f57 09742614
  • SHA-1 : bd08a8f4 5747c4f8 29dc0731 5a81e014 c7be0026
  • SHA-256 : 890e47b2 cfd86c5e 8b8b735c 72261297 4fc94965 56a040e0 bbe150bf 977163c2

Changes from v1.82

  • removed Trackballs
  • updated OpenOffice.org, 7zip, Tux Paint, Sokoban YASC, Freeciv, Gimp, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Filezilla, Thingamablog, HTTrack, Miranda IM, VideoLAN, InfraRecorder, Virtual Magnifying Glass, Folder Size, AutoHotkey

TTCS submission for Software Freedom Day 2007 receives “highly commended” award

The Software Freedom Day (SFD) Competition 2007 results have been announced by the Software Freedom Day organisation and the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society’s entry for SFD 2007 received a “highly commended” award from the Software Freedom Day organisation!

Redelegation of ccTLD for .BB ( Barbados) to Barbados Government

From http://www.icann.org/minutes/prelim-report-20nov07.htm :

Redelegation of ccTLD for .BB ( Barbados)

Kim Davies advised by way of background for new Board members that the board is regularly asked to approve redelegations of ccTLDs and in more recent times there has been at least one per Board meeting for consideration. IANA Staff prepares a report that provides a recommendation to the Board. The report is considered confidential but
on approval by the Board a version of the report is made public on the website. Some portions of the analysis of the request for redelegation are not made public.

The redelegation application for .BB ( Barbados) meets all of the necessary criteria. The current operator supports the transfer as does the Government, who is the proposed operator. There is limited support from the local Internet community; however, Staff have visited Barbados and discussed matters locally. Staff also met with the proposed operators at ICANN’s San Juan meeting. Currently the nameservers do not meet the technical test; however, these will be made more robust, and Staff recommends the redelegation be approved.

IANA will review nameservers performance to ensure compliance if the Board approves the request.

Steve Goldstein moved, and Demi Getschko seconded the following resolution:

Whereas, the .BB top-level domain is the designated country-code for Barbados.

Whereas, ICANN has received a request for redelegation of .BB to the Government of Barbados Ministry of Economic Affairs and Development’s Telecommunications Unit.

Whereas, ICANN has reviewed the request, and has determined that the proposed redelegation would be in the best interest of the local and global Internet communities.

It is hereby resolved (___), that the proposed redelegation of the .BB domain to the Government of Barbados Ministry of Economic Affairs and Development’s Telecommunications Unit is approved.

A voice vote was taken of all Board Members present and all Board Members present approved the motion unanimously by a vote of 13 to 0.