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For teamwiki account access, please add a request at OLPC:Requests for permissions (the #Teamwiki requests section below is now deprecated). Thanks! --Sj leave me a message 14:55, 29 January 2008 (EST)

Older stuff : User talk:Sj/Archive2007 ...

Interwiki to meta-languages... wikipedia

ALC request

Old account was Aclaver (not Aculver as you listed). I created a new account Alc to match your request that the TeamWiki user id match the RT and Wiki user ID.

Kids encyclopedia

Dear Samuel,

Thanks for taking the time to send me a comment on my blog. Im available most days of the week, as I currently am working for myself. Im based in Swansea in the UK. So phoning maybe rather on the expensive. However I would be happy to talk over skype. If you are willing to suggest a time I will be happy to chat. Preferably I would prefer to be in bed by 3am here.

So if you could give me an email back at jonhurlock/at/gmail /.com or add me on skype using jon_hurlock (yes theres and underscore in there, so please dont remove that, just remove slashes from the gmail account.).

Kind regards,

Jon Hurlock


Hi! As usual you're monitoring recent changes! :) Great!

Yes, I'm coming back to life and noticed Lauren's notice in my talk page so I decided to answer that one asap, and then try to fully resurrect. I'll keep you posted (was writing en email to re-introduce myself). Xavi 21:19, 14 January 2008 (EST)

Video - Human Computation

SJ, happen to glance through one of your older versions of your User page. Cool video about human computation. Quite intertaining... hmmmm... interesting.. Thanks for sharing, --IainD 04:46, 15 January 2008 (EST)

Violent Games in the Activities?

Hi SJ,

What's your opinion on this issue?

--Chihyu 12:36, 17 January 2008 (EST)

table test

Name Surname Height
John Smith 1.85
Ron Ray 1.89
Mario Bianchi 1.72
Average: 1.82

see datasheets.

I'm just kicking myself...

for not paying closer attention and getting an OLPC XO during the GIGO... I like what you all have done with this wiki, it has some neat touches! ++Lar: t/c 22:31, 18 January 2008 (EST)

PS, I just added added [[OLPC:]] as$1 to meta:Interwiki map (that is, to )... if that's not what you all had in mind please pop by the talk page. It looks like you're not using the interwiki map here though??? ++Lar: t/c 22:37, 18 January 2008 (EST)
Hello there, and welcome :-) not yet! see OLPC:Wiki and its talk page. --Sj leave me a message

a request

Contact OLPC page is protected with cascading option, so its translations bar cannot be modified now. Would you please change it? -- LeeSI 00:04, 19 January 2008 (EST)

done. --Sj leave me a message

de nada?

Just curious - which front page links? I've been in sweep mode -- cleaning my home for sale and trying to make the wiki, um, moderately readable ergo informative KatieStyle Nazi 11:49, 21 January 2008 (EST)

mediawiki extensions?

Moved to ... OLPC_talk:Wiki

I and others are gearing up a wiki welcome team (and supporting docs/pages). Can we get the Newuserlog extension installed to more easily welcome newbies? See for an example usage you've probably looked at thousands of times over. ;) Mchua 14:57, 25 January 2008 (EST)

Also see Wiki getting started, which I think you'll appreciate. Mchua 15:43, 25 January 2008 (EST)

New info file spec

info file ---> bundle metadata

1pm sunday

Just confirming to check if you get my message regarding 1pm conference call on Sunday 27th. thanks. --Arjs 22:30, 26 January 2008 (EST)

yes, cheers. --Sj leave me a message

Teamwiki requests

This section has moved to OLPC:Requests for permissions. Please leave requests for teamwiki access and rt and other permissions there.

Health content xls files

With regard to the recently added support in wiki for viewing excel (xls) files created in google spreadsheet to be viewed as simple html tables within wiki. It'd be great if we could copy paste the contents of the various xls files there and use the wiki plugin to easily view them. See content section on health--Arjs 01:47, 29 January 2008 (EST)

GM clarification?

After our conversation on the nature of GM today, the GM section of the website is not very explanatory according to my current understanding, and is something Walter or someone else with editing privs may want to fix. Mchua 00:32, 30 January 2008 (EST)

Community project review process

My notes from our talk over IRC today are on teamwiki at User:Mchua/Developers_program. Let me know if I'm still misunderstanding what you proposed. (I'm not wholly sure I agree with it yet, but I don't think I fully understand it yet - see the "cons" section of the community proposal - and want to make sure I "get it" before I voice an opinion.) Mchua 00:32, 30 January 2008 (EST)

University programs

Yeah, the page needs updating and more resources, as do grassroots groups. University program - or rather, Talk:University program - has some notes from today's conversations (not just with you, with other support-gangers and Arjun too) that need to be cleaned up and moved into mainpage eventually. Mchua 00:32, 30 January 2008 (EST)

dev program community implementation moved to public

here. Mchua 14:09, 30 January 2008 (EST)

re: repair center stuff on teamwiki

I'm hesitant to push all of that to public wiki, since Adam said he's like to work with me and Kim to port it (there's some stuff not ready to go public, though I don't know what that stuff is - I've asked). If Adam/Kim says ok, I would love to push it public. (Heck, I've been trying to do that for at least 2 weeks.) Can you poke them about this since you're physically adjacent? Mchua 14:12, 30 January 2008 (EST)


I cannot but agree. My duties? Maintain the music wiki page and find people interested in helping us with new music content? Andriani 2:05, 31 January 2008 (EST)

peer-review for Health

How/what might be the first steps for peer review for the health pages ? thanks. ? --Arjs


The OLPC version of an RfA I would like to apply for admin access on the wiki. I am frequently getting math-based captchas which are really slowing down my wiki-editing. It has been reported that Admins do not have this problem. Also, I would like to be an admin for the purposes of mass revocation of vandalism. is for Insects 17:18, 4 February 2008 (EST)

RE: zine work

You mean from the wiki? Not really, most of the cool stuff is in isforinsect's flickr group. Not exactly sure what you mean... ffm 19:33, 5 February 2008 (EST)

OLPC Europe.

Sj, great idea.... new section created.. Weekly_zine/0/OLPC_Europe have them update with summary of what they are working on.. Thanks for keeping your eyes open to new ideas! :) --ixo 03:03, 8 February 2008 (EST)

Zine - translations and /About page. :)


Added zine/About page, put an area to acknowledge translators..


Please have translators update the acks, when they do translations so they can get recognized. :)

Thanks for the idea on the /About page, --ixo 03:54, 10 February 2008 (EST)

off grid power notes are up

Off grid power should be up to date with the stuff I've pieced together. care to take a gander? Mchua 04:21, 10 February 2008 (EST)

Hi SJ,

Here is an XO math logo (that is perhaps too clever for its own good). —Joe 23:54, 10 February 2008 (EST)

how to use a wiki page

discovered today that we have a How to use a wiki page, which may or may not fit into your/FFM's grand scheme of policy-creation (which I will subsequently add large "CHANGE THIS!" headers to.) possibly redundant with Wiki getting started. I'm trying to figure out how regulated/anarchic you want this place to be... 19:07, 15 February 2008 (EST)

I've translated the call to free content

It's at [1]. It is in european Portuguese, but it's also understandable by brasilians, as I didn't use fancy portugal-specific terms. HoboPrimate 14:21, 16 February 2008 (EST)

Color corrected images


--Nikki 01:22, 17 February 2008 (EST)

Remove dormant account

SJ, I have 2 accounts on the wiki. I'm not using the DMSerley account. Could you remove it?

--AuntiMame 14:18, 17 February 2008 (EST)

Millenium Village Project

I contacted some people at Columbia U, who does Millenium Village Project. They said that plans are underway to introduce XOs to Millenium Villages.

--User:Mika 12:57, 18 Feburary 2008 (EST)

(actually, they're just thinking about 'computers' in general, not specifically XOs..)

--User:Mika 15:05, 18 Feburary 2008 (EST)

remove from mediawiki

maintenance/ is ancient, removable. poke Aevar.

update interwiki.sql to include wikipedia?

Translation subpages

I've been looking at Uncategorized Pages and I see a lot of subpages in the form of:


Am I correct in my belief that using these subpages are created by the use of the templates, Translation or Translations?

If so, would it be possible and/or desirable for that subpage to be created with a pre-existing category of some sort so that it doesn't end up in Uncategorized?

Cjl 23:25, 24 February 2008 (EST)

Clarification: I grok the DIY ethos of the wiki, but making temmplate modifications goes beyond my personal wiki-wisdom and a change that could effect so many pages should probably be done by someone with more expertise.

Cjl 13:39, 25 February 2008 (EST)

work on translation templates

{{translations}} now tells you to copy/paste a reasonable default to the translation list page if it's missing.

{{translation}} now includes an optional "none" argument that should makes it function like a quasi-redirect. This uses a subtemplate which only exists for Spanish.

See participate in Spanish for an example of using the latter.

It would be good to have a template for the translation list page which did the same "paste me" instructions trick as I did in translations.

I did some initial changes to the translations how to page to explain this but it is far from finished.

Going to bed now without finishing all the cleanup involved.

Thought you might like to know. Homunq 22:08, 26 February 2008 (EST)

summer of code?

hi Sj, i'm asking if there's any hope for olpc support for twext in summer of code 2008.. thanks! Duke 11:54, 27 February 2008 (EST)

olpc userbox templates

SJ, how does one create a user box template similar to:

Nuvola apps edu miscellaneous.png This user is in educational technology.

. Or is that something that only an admin can do? I was thinking about templates that link a user to any local/regional grassroots groups they might be a part of (i.e. OLPC_Boston). -- User:AuntiMame 13:05, 17 Feb 2008

To see that template's wikitext, go to Template:User edtech. You can edit it there; or create your own template, say, Template:User Boston. --Sj talk 14:15, 27 February 2008 (EST)
I created a template, but seem to get the username as well as the box in the OLPC Boxes section. Any idea why? -- User:AuntiMame 15:00, 17 Feb 2008

Summer projects for HS

Find local school with a teacher who wants to run an OLPC summer school; field trips here, instruction and a local XO lab ---> connect them with studetns who are too young for SoC.

Partner wtih schools in each deployment -- Boston sister schools in MX and Peru and India.

Aruba footnote : beware of small tropical islands.

Consider SoCon projects as well.

spanish language poetry bundle uploaded

La paquete de poesia en espanol esta... [aqui!] (And gosh, the language is pretty. I can't get over how gorgeous it sounds.) Mchua 00:16, 2 March 2008 (EST)

By the way - can you please ping me when you grab this, so I can take it down? Mchua 00:18, 2 March 2008 (EST)


SJ, I'm trying to learn more about wikislicing and I've been exchanging e-mail with Zdenek. In my wiki-wandering, I've come across a few broken links to the Wikiosity activity. Is there such a thing yet or is it just in the concept phase? Cjl 17:53, 4 March 2008 (EST)


SJ, I sent an e-mail to Jim about next week but haven't heard back. Mika 13:09, 8 March 2008 (EST)

Mozambique OLPC

Hi SJ--I've added some material to my page about the Mozambique intervention. I am eager to hear any comments or suggestions you have. Thanks a lot! --Jumpbean 16:58, 8 March 2008 (EST)

Planning for the summer

What if Tank and I came on Sunday, during our normal office hours time?

--Nikki 18:37, 21 March 2008 (EDT)

Boston Meetup

SJ,-- the next meetup is this Tuesday (March 25 6-8Pm at Cosi across the street from 1CC. The next meetup is a play data on April 2nd, also at Cosi. --User:AuntiMame 20:37, 23 March 2008

Comment on talk page.


Not sure what you mean... respond in email better than leaving notes back and forth in wiki. --ixo 16:19, 24 March 2008 (EDT)

request for MP

where can i put my request for MP machine ? i heard there is something thru RT now for that ? thanks. --Arjs 00:58, 29 March 2008 (EDT)

Food Force 2

I've had the opportunity to download and play the original Food Force game and I'm starting to read my way though FF2's meeting notes. I've posted a reference on Talk:Food_Force that I think makes excellent backkground reading. I can't really contribute anything to the coding effort, buy I am interested in seeing that the lessons taught by the game have a solid foundation in evidence-based scientific and development principles. Cjl 00:33, 30 March 2008 (EDT)


I want to know how you convert the wikipedia xml dump in .html pages usable by WikiBrowse or any browser because I would like to make the same this you have done in wikibrowse but in French. Do you have some script or process? PatrickHetu 12:54, 3 April 2008 (EDT)

Mozambique OLPC

Hi SJ, Thanks for your note. It's great to hear about the lady from Lesotho joining staff. I had heard some interest from people in South Africa and Lesotho as well about this kind of project, so perhaps we could scale up the research after initial work in Mozambique. It sounds like the CAA people are waiting to get their laptops before discussing any coordination...I'm exploring some other funding options as well in case the CAA implementation is one we can work with further down the line. If I have funding for a first pilot study this summer, would I be able to get the machines for it?? Thanks, Jumpbean 08:52, 4 April 2008 (EDT)

OLPC Philippines (4-discussion)

?? Just because people were asking me for photos of local User's and I finally received a machine