Small, small, small world.
I got my MS at ILS in 95.
I was one of the Andersen Consulting interns, during the days when they had the two-year program (a year after I finished I think they did maybe two years of a one-year program, before the whole thing fizzled out.)
I will head over to the other forum, thanks for the pointer. I also joined the Chicago mailing list: OLPC-Chicago@lists.laptop.org
My son (6) has been playing with the turtle app - and over the break kept running up to me exictedly to tell me that he figured out that when he changed the color number to 50something, it was blue... I remember logo from my childhood, so this is a fun experience. His laptop went RMA on the sticky key defect just last Friday, so we haven't had the chance to do much with mesh yet. Too many other things competing for our time during the holiday break.
I am going to be bringing in the other XO to my son's school to show it to their computer instructor. I've been talking with him about coming up with some innovative activities for the kids in computer class. I think I have a slight uphill battle. The instructor is a nice, smart guy who is plenty technical, but seems to think that only the older kids are capable of doing things using whatever turtle-drawing program they have there. (the school goes pre-k through 8th grade.)
I am new to the open-source world, and am a designer/manager, not an uber-technical type, so I have a feeling somewhere with this XO laptop the computer instructor and I can get together on a middle ground to get all the kids exposed to more before they leave the school. It's a great school, I want to see the kids leaving it with some amount of technical competence and awareness of the kinds of careers that are out there. I have a feeling they think the only kinds of jobs are the uber-technical level. I'd like them to know there's more.
At any rate, thanks for the help - I bet we crossed paths in the hallowed halls of ILS back in the day.