Sunday Meeting

We had a great Sunday meeting at the Saturday House space. (I know, that sounds odd.)

We'll post more about the meeting activities and outcomes, but here's an early warning for the next meeting in the sidebar.

Some pictures also:


XO First Impressions....

Since a number of us have had our little XOs for a week or so, it's a great time to post your first impressions. So, add your comments to this message for all to see what the new machines are all about.



Meeting Sunday Dec 30, 1pm

Happy holidays to all Seattle area OLPC XO enthusiasts:

Over the past couple of weeks, we've collected about 45 email addresses of folks who are interested in some kind of group for XO laptop users and friends.

We'd like to have a get-together and planning meeting this Sunday, December 30, at 1 pm at the Saturday House meeting space. It's in the SODO area of Seattle. (Address and map below.)

The purpose of this meeting is to just have some fun, some learning, and later do some talk about the various elements of putting together the user group and set up a basic structure for it. It will probably go for 2 - 3 hours.

We will try to have folks around to help you install Opera (a web browser that makes all the difference for using this little machine) as well as exploring some of the software and other capabilities. The space has WiFi so we'll be able to connect to the internet.

After we play for a couple of hours, we need to decide the mission of the group, when and where we might meet for regular meetings. Most likely we will also want to initiate several SIGs (Special Interest Groups) in areas such as "New Users," "Programming," "Locally supporting the OLPC global mission" just to give some examples.

All are welcome to stay for the planning meeting, but please be prepared to share the work. If you can't come or can't undertake this project, please share your ideas for the group.
1. What would a user group provide to you?
2. How sophisticated or simple should it be?
3. When would be your first choice of a meeting day and time?
4. What is your second choice of day and time?

Please RSVP so we have some idea of how many folks might be there.

Dress warmly, it can be kinda chilly in the Saturday House space. And if you need computer glasses, be sure to bring those, the menus in Opera are TINY, but worth it! Even if you haven't gotten your machine yet, please come!

Chris Altwegg, Tim Celeski, Wayne Wong
Seattle XO User Group

Saturday House:
1952 First Ave. S., Suite 5, Seattle


Send us your email address!

If you haven't already sent us your email address along with your name and mailing address, please do. We're putting together the list to contact folks for upcoming meetings and you won't want to be left out.

Chris Altwegg & Tim Celeski
Seattle XO


How many hotspots can you see?

One of the first things you notice when you get your XO and try to connect it is all the different wireless routers in your neighborhood. It's those great little green ears doing their job. Easily the best wireless connection I've ever experienced. Out of curiosity, how many wireless connections have you run across using the XO?

In my somewhat remote West Seattle neighborhood I've found up to 9. Where with my other computer I never saw more then two.



I just got my XO

I just received my XO - Anyone else got theirs - I am interested in comparing notes


What kind of club?

As we all anxiously await our new machines, I wonder what kind of group this should be?

User group to help us better understand the machine and its abilities?
Evangelist group to help others understand the mission of OLPC and promote that?
Developer group to help create new applications for the XO in support of its mission?

Of course, SeaXO could be any and all of these or something else also.

What are your thoughts?

Chris Altwegg


Waiting for the XO

I suspect many of us are first day people. And so, how many have received notification of their laptop being on the way?

Certainly, the top question on many of our minds is will our new toys make it to Seattle in time for Xmas. OLPC News has numerous posts of a few arriving here and there. All, with no predictable logic to as when they shipped and when they'll actually be arriving.

From the early arrivals being in the mid-west it seems those of us here on the left coasts are going to be later on the arrival list. Last night I decided to give FedEx a call to see if there were any packages in the system for me. Darn if there wasn't. However, I called again this evening and sure enough my XO was shipped out Friday night and is expected to arrive this Thursday.

So, if you really want to know and you were a first day person, give FedEx a call.