[Olpc-open] Learning OLPC

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[Olpc-open] Learning OLPC

Postby Jane Bonwell » Wed Jan 09, 2008 1:05 am

I have a laptop,received G1G1. I would like to understand it. I have never done any networking, although I have used Windows computers. Presently I have an IBM XP Home edition. I hope to get some literature from my library about Linux and about networking.

I have managed to open the G1G1. I expect the space at the top of the screen which shows an opportunity to type has a purpose, but nowhere do I find any suggestion of its use. It may be that some code letters will get me further but I have seen warnings about what one "posts" and I don't want to ruin the computer.

On the neighborhood I found three icons for mesh. I also found some others, not members, but stations, with padlocks. I haven't found how to unlock them. One said "Crestwood", which just might be mine! I haven't found that there are any members in Indiana yet.
That Crestwood icon was gone today--what does that mean?

Can you suggest where to go for the answers? Thanks, JaneB
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[Olpc-open] Learning OLPC

Postby Benjamin M. Schwartz » Wed Jan 09, 2008 1:10 am

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Jane Bonwell wrote:
On the neighborhood I found three icons for mesh. I also found some
others, not members, but stations, with padlocks. I haven't found how
to unlock them.
Those stations are your neighbors' wireless networks (physical neighbors, the
other people on your street or in your apartment building). The padlocks mean
that they are password-protected.

One said "Crestwood", which just might be mine! I
haven't found that there are any members in Indiana yet.
That Crestwood icon was gone today--what does that mean?

Crestwood might be the name of one of the other wireless networks. OLPC uses
wireless networking to connect to the internet. If you do not have a wireless
router, you will need to get one to connect your XO to the internet.

Can you suggest where to go for the answers? Thanks, JaneB

Try:
http://www.laptop.org/en/laptop/start/n ... view.shtml
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[Olpc-open] Learning OLPC

Postby Steve Holton » Wed Jan 09, 2008 1:10 am

Hi Jane-

Start here:
http://www.laptop.org/en/laptop/start/

Then come back with your next question. We're all friendly-types here.


On Jan 9, 2008 12:05 AM, Jane Bonwell <janeinindy@gmail.com (janeinindy@gmail.com)> wrote:
I have a laptop,received G1G1. I would like to understand it. I have never done any networking, although I have used Windows computers. Presently I have an IBM XP Home edition. I hope to get some literature from my library about Linux and about networking.

I have managed to open the G1G1. I expect the space at the top of the screen which shows an opportunity to type has a purpose, but nowhere do I find any suggestion of its use. It may be that some code letters will get me further but I have seen warnings about what one "posts" and I don't want to ruin the computer.

On the neighborhood I found three icons for mesh. I also found some others, not members, but stations, with padlocks. I haven't found how to unlock them. One said "Crestwood", which just might be mine! I haven't found that there are any members in Indiana yet.
That Crestwood icon was gone today--what does that mean?

Can you suggest where to go for the answers? Thanks, JaneB


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[Olpc-open] Learning OLPC

Postby Edward Cherlin » Wed Jan 09, 2008 2:22 am

On Jan 8, 2008 9:10 PM, Steve Holton <sph0lt0n@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi Jane-

Start here:

http://www.laptop.org/en/laptop/start/

Then come back with your next question. We're all friendly-types here.

Please post questions and problems on
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/New_Users. That way all new users get to
share new answers, and they get captured for the documentation
process.

On Jan 9, 2008 12:05 AM, Jane Bonwell <janeinindy@gmail.com> wrote:



I have a laptop,received G1G1. I would like to understand it. I have
never done any networking, although I have used Windows computers.
Presently I have an IBM XP Home edition. I hope to get some literature from
my library about Linux and about networking.
I have managed to open the G1G1. I expect the space at the top of the
screen which shows an opportunity to type has a purpose, but nowhere do I
find any suggestion of its use. It may be that some code letters will get
me further but I have seen warnings about what one "posts" and I don't
want to ruin the computer.
On the neighborhood I found three icons for mesh. I also found some
others, not members, but stations, with padlocks. I haven't found how to
unlock them. One said "Crestwood", which just might be mine!

This is all much easier for children in classrooms with lots of other
XOs, and with a school server waiting for them.

I haven't
found that there are any members in Indiana yet.

Where are you? My wife's family lives in Columbus.

That Crestwood icon was gone today--what does that mean?

Can you suggest where to go for the answers? Thanks, JaneB

We're making a lot of this up as we go along. It's essential to do it
as part of a community. Collaborative discovery is the essence of the
laptop program.

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