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You may talk to me here, but do check my userpage for other ways to contact me. Please remember to include a mechanism for me to contact you. Josh

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Zdenek and friends

see User:ZdenekBroz/devices and leave him feedback. He'd love to encourage his friends who have these ideas; is a grad @ a university. Sj talk 13:28, 15 October 2007 (EDT)


Shortcuts : 3 tildes will sign your name; a fourth will add the date: ~~~~.

Child Friendly Mouse Modifications

First of all, the contributers section looked inappropriate. We sign things on talk pages, sure, and sometimes we point to authors of things, but... that part of that page looked like it was severely glorifying somebody who designed a mouse that might be nice.

Second of all, the problems are obvious. Just look at the picture in the PDF.

The whole page is suspect. It looks like an advertisement. Probably it should be deleted. OLPC does not exist to help some random inventor license his patent.

Do you know for a fact that OLPC is preparing the mouse for production, or that countries will be getting it for use with the laptops? If not, that's a big strong strike against the article existing at all.

AlbertCahalan 18:03, 11 November 2007 (EST)

Drawing wand

Hi Josh, I've left some ideas on the drawing wand peripherals page. regards. --Arjs 08:30, 12 November 2007 (EST)

reverting edits

If you look at someone else's contribution history (from a userpage, see the "user contributions" link at the bottom of the left-hand sidebar), you can see each change they have made; and whether or not it is still the "(top)" revision for that page. Then you can

  • click on "history" next to the revision
  • choose the last good revision in the history and click on its date
  • edit and save that revision with no new changes (edit summary: 'rv vandalism' or 'rvv' or similar).

You can also apply to become an admin on the wiki, which gives you a little "revert" button next to people's contributions.  :) Sj talk 12:45, 18 December 2007 (EST)

external connector: AC charger

Elsewhere in community support emails and forum I have reported success at using a Thinkpad X20 charger that puts out 16v : 4.5A.

Is there a spot on the wiki to detail the standard charger ACP-17FB-A and then add other AC adapters that work?

Recent edits to

The addition of the gigantic flow chart has moved all of the text to the bottom of the table of contents. This makes the page appear to be blank. Unless someone know to click on the table of contents links on the right, they won't see any of the text.

I would strongly suggest you either remove the flow chart or put it at the bottom and refer to it using a link at the top. Alc 13:27, 5 May 2008 (EDT)

Thanks. I guess I don't need to note that most folks don't have a 1920 wide monitor - even on my 1600x1200 monitor the graphic didn't fit. Alc 14:23, 5 May 2008 (EDT)

Power plugs

Looking for sources for the right plugs. Info on Battery_and_power#Mechanical is at best confusing and some, like the Digikey parts numbers, simply wrong. Please help! Yamaplos 13:22, 4 June 2008 (EDT) (BTW, the whole page is a mess and one of these days I'll give it a serious cleanup)

Product News Page

Because it's horribly out of date. The prices listed are wrong, the hand crank should never be mentioned in public, Multi-battery chargers aren't available as of May '08 as the page suggests and a few other mistakes. I will work towards getting the page up to date, but until it is it is *not* maintained. Seth 18:03, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

Well not 'horribly' only slightly when compared to a lot of the other pages on the wiki. But still should not be considered an authoritative source ATM. Seth 18:03, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

Oh yes, this page is absolutely necessary it shouldn't be gotten rid of. The Price list for the solar panels for small runs is likely posted on their site, and I seem to recall being around $35 for 5w and up. Apparently shipping is a real pain and personally I would refer people directly to Diane (XO Explosion) who is planning on reselling them retail and does much better on shipping.

Richard Smith is the hardware lead on 95% of our power issues, including the Multi-battery charger. There are a few demos that he's created, but there aren't any machines available to the public yet.

Really I would probably be ok if each of these devices had their own page eventually, or at least stubs. But I haven't really thought of what the layout of all of our Hardware pages should be. In the meantime I would be ecstatic if you would update what you could. Seth 18:31, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

Sure sure, use your best judgment, feel free to ping me if you need me to ask someone in the office something. Oh, and also: I don't know how much countries are going to be browsing our wiki. Conversations and price lists tend to get handed around in high level business meetings and are very very up to date and include volume information. It's not really possible to keep information like that up to date out here in user space. But overall this is a useful page and useful information. Please keep it up. Seth 18:48, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

Hi Josh,

I'm a new product manager working at OLPC. We had a problem where some of our field engagement managers thought that OLPC sells and delivers solar panels and other power gear. So I put a note on these two pages to make it clear that we don't sell them:

Just wanted to give you a heads up.

We do have some demand for better power solutions. It may not be my area. Still if you want to be involved and Kim thinks its a good idea I can try to copy you in the loop. Send me an e-mail greg at laptop dot org.


Greg S