Austin, Texas – XO on the menu for lunch

XO Austin

Our three XOs in a row

We got the two other XO buyers that I know of in Austin for lunch last week – buyers of the One Laptop Per Child computer, called the XO laptop. Whurley and Mikus and I met at Berryhill Baja Grill, where indeed, wireless access was present. My XO was able to connect, but for some reason Whurley’s did not. And Mikus had hacked his network configuration to use a USB-Ethernet adapter cable, so his wireless wasn’t working. We thought that Whurley’s machine would be able to “mesh” with mine to get a connection, but that wasn’t the case. Even in the Group View I couldn’t see the other XOs sitting right next to me. Pout.

Still, we got to compare colors (look at the variety!), try out the Distance Activity (it didn’t work, and it’s not acoustic, we are not fooled), and Meebo worked like a charm on my XO. So all in all, a fun time! I think one of the Linux Austin groups got their XOs together recently, and we’re going to try to get together again, so stay tuned. Rumor has it that 30 XOs were purchased in the Austin area, so hopefully we can get them together and see what we can do.

I’ll report more later this week when I show Turtle Art and Tam Tam Jam to the four-year-olds in my son’s preschool class. Wish me luck giving a demo to a bunch of four-year-olds!


  • ffeathers
    January 15, 2008 - 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Hi Anne
    I really like your new author photo. About the four-year-olds: maybe you should set them to work solving the wireless networking problems šŸ˜‰

  • January 18, 2008 - 9:59 am | Permalink

    Great, thanks!

    It was interesting to take it to the classroom, especially when they already know a lot about computers. The kids in my son’s class thought it was cool, and could definitely do things with it. They even found the Neighborhood View where the wireless stuff happens! Maybe they CAN figure it all out. šŸ™‚

  • Rachel
    January 24, 2008 - 10:49 am | Permalink

    yeah, let me know about the next meeting you set up, I am busy every night of the week generally so the more notice I can get the better (as I’ll have to cancel something else)

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