Talk:School in a box

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Old status

  • Scout team (Mel, Ankur, Chris, Tank, etc) BUYING STUFF IN NEW YORK RUNNING AROUND HURRAH
  • Houston team staying on-base, working with Ardurino, phoning in purchase requests (Seth, Nikki, David, Dan, etc)

Contents vs/ weight

2 x 50 lbs. 40 XOs. XOs weigh about 3 1/4 lb apiece. If they are part of this, you're already overweight. Rmyers 18:58, 15 June 2008 (EDT)

For the purposes of this creative session. it is safe to assume separate wt. limits for XOs themselves. ̃̃̃Cjl 19:35, 15 June 2008 (EDT)

Soldering tools

  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers

Rmyers 19:02, 15 June 2008 (EDT)

School server in a box

I recall some discussion of using an XO as a small school server. If that's so -

  • external hard drive with XS image
  • active antenna

If not, what about a mini, nano or pico-itx box school server. The XSX_Server_Implementation actually specifies a mini-itx form factor mother board.

I haven't tried this, but can an XO be used as a terminal to another linux box? If so, there's the console for the XS. Rmyers 19:10, 15 June 2008 (EDT)

  • I successfully connected to a couple of machines (linux, darwin) from my XO using ssh. So an XO should be able to be used as a console on a headless XS. I know this probably qualifies as 'stupid linux tricks' but I hadn't tried it. Rmyers 15:50, 17 June 2008 (EDT)

Ask the pilots

Has anyone asked User:Leeming of OLPC_Oceania or other pilot leads, like Bryan Berry of OLE Nepal about what they most wish they had in a box when they started their pilots? Cjl 23:38, 17 June 2008 (EDT)


transcript, such as it is - we didn't do realtime transcription.

mchua is at the grassroots jam (well, setup for thus) in NYC

mchua ie trying to transcribe
[[Pilot in a box]] should support repairs
assuming every child and teacher (40 kids max, 1 teacher min - demographic we're designing 
for) has a working XO already; no need to ship spares, but we should put a doa to take 
apart and we should put in screwdrivers, debating about whether to include a printed repair guide

seth: are printed manuals really more accessible than digital ones?
chris: and are we sending the wrong message by not distributing everything digitally?
seth: we need to get people used to using our iwki
mike: is there an out-of-box, out-of-bag experience we want to promote?
mel: can we brainstorm before we sink into implementation, please?
dan: alternative power!
ankur: alternative connectivity!
mike: swag!
seth: we could put water purification tablets in there
chris: tha't's giving the bag a secondary purpose/focus that might not be a good thing to split our attentoin to
mike: clean-wipes to keep their tracpads clean and etc.
seth: we need better communication with the field
chris: a basic "care and feeding of the xo" guide
dan: are we dpoing this for disaster recovery areas?
seth: disaster recovery!
bobby: if it's disaster recovery, something like water purification would be good to put in
mel: assume they have basic needs taken care of - we need these bags to support education
seth: crafts!
mike: functional crafts!
seth: No corporal punishment of children in the box; no putting of children 
in a box as corporal punishment
andreatl: Brainstorm list is compiled here: