RE: OLPC & FidoNet

Grant,

I think you know as much about the current Fidonet situation as I do. The
truth is that it is basically defunct.

As for the whole OLPC thing, I think the organizers would contend that
things like email are freely available on the Internet. How viable that is
in the middle of Africa is arguable. My understanding is that the networking
model employed in the XO automatically links together nodes in range so
that, if one has Internet access, they all do. On the other hand, it is
unclear to me how you could route a packet securely between two given XOs.
Remember that Fidonet, while designed to minimize long distance charges, was
predicated on any two nodes being able to connect at a given time. XO is the
opposite.

Sorry, I wish I could be more helpful.

Scott

> —–Original Message—–
> From: Grant Bowman [mailto:grantbow@gmail.com]
> Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 03:23
> To: Scott Royall
> Subject: OLPC & FidoNet
>
> Hello Scott!
>
> I just read with interest your article from 2003
> http://www.fidonews.org/prev/2002/articles.html#2 On December 30,
> 2008 I went to http://Amazon.com/xo and paid $400 for one laptop to be
> sent to me in California and another to be deployed to a child (ages 5
> – 12) in a developing country pilot project. In reading about the
> http://www.laptop.org (One Laptop Per Child or OLPC) project and the
> problems they are encountering of generating electricity in very
> poorly funded rural school locations during XO-1 deployments and
> reading about the design issues that the OLPC developers are
> discussing I find myself drawn to read about UUCP and FidoNet.
>
> As I come up to speed on the OLPC project, one thing (among several)
> that has me puzzled about the OLPC project is the total lack of basic
> email capability provided to the school children where the XO-1 are
> being deployed. As I learn more about this I am recalling my Fido BBS
> user experiences and recall my experience setting up a UUCP email
> server for a friend’s small business many years ago. I am 37 years
> old now and was lucky enough to be a member of one of the first
> generations that could grow up with computer technology during my
> early education.
>
> It seems http://www.fidonet.org/ and fidonews.org are falling into
> disrepair. The software list at http://www.fidonews.org/software/ is
> unavailable and what I think should be the international nodelist link
> http://www.ftngate.net/fidonet/ points to a domain name that is for
> sale right now, yet websites for zone 1 & zone 3 and
> http://www.ftsc.org/ are still alive.
>
> Can you shed any light on the current state of FidoNet?
>
> Solving old problems with new technologies in new contexts present
> fresh opportunities but it makes no sense to forget the hard won
> knowledge of past, successful, functional efforts.
>
> Anyway, I look forward to hearing from you about what you know about
> the current state of FidoNet. Since I am a short BART ride from San
> Francisco, let me know if any detective work might help shed some
> light on things.
>
> Thank you,
>
> — Grant Bowman <grantbow@gmail.com>
> — K6CBK, Twitter:grantbow

Lilly vs Roddy

Riddle me
this: why does this three-year-old M1710 perform at least as well as my M1530? Yup,
similar software loads, but Lilly handles the load changes far more gracefully (oh,
yes, same amounts of memory also). Lily’s biggest weakness—beyond being
the heft of a main battle tank—is that she shares the energy hunger of
our Abrams too.

 

As I wrote
on Twitter, Dell got the M1710 right (basically).

Lilly Update #2

This is Day One of “Lilly: Post Op” and she seems
pretty blasé about it. She just finished a short, slow walk and ate. The
biggest challenge is keeping her from licking the incision. Lilly keeps asking,
“are you sure I can’t, Dad?” Yes, I’m sure.

 

Marsha, Lilly is scheduled for grooming at Ashford on Friday. This
was scheduled before we found the tear. While she’s there, please feel
free to check the incision and advise Amber of any special handling the leg might
need around water.

 

 

From: Marsha Anderson
[mailto:marsha.anderson@vcamail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 13:18
To: Scott Royall
Subject: RE: A Surprise Bummer

 

How
is she doing?

 

Marsha

 

—–Original Message—–
From: Scott Royall [mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 8:28 PM
To: Scott Royall
Subject: A Surprise Bummer

 

I took Lilly to her orthopedist today to let him check out her
hind parts, not expecting him to really find anything specific. Think again,
Scott. He detected a minor meniscus tear in her right knee. (Yes, the
troublesome one.) Yes Marsha, this explains the swelling you palpated last
year. Lilly’s chronic Rimadyl prescription probably explains how she was
able to tolerate the tear this long.

 

Anyway, we decided that the thing to do was orthoscopically clip
the tear so it doesn’t get worse or cause more Arthritis. While
he’s there, the doc’s going to slide out the right TPLO plate just
in case. Occasionally, there are cases where a plate will attract an infection.

 

Lilly has the procedure in the morning, and I’ll pick her up
tomorrow evening. This is day surgery, and recovery is expected to be
relatively brief.

FW: Update on Lilly :-)

Update on Lilly 🙂

 

 

From: Scott Royall
[mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 12:00
To: ‘Kate Bruss’
Subject: RE: Update on Lilly 🙂

 

No problem.
Will be there about 3.

 

From: Kate Bruss
[mailto:KateB@gcvs.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 10:35
To: Scott Royall
Subject: Update on Lilly 🙂

 

Good morning!

I attempted
to call the number for Jack that was left on the drop-off sheet, but I was
unable to get through, so I wanted to try and get in touch with you that miss
Lilly is out of surgery and did well!  We are planning on sending her home
this afternoon.  We would like to give her ample time to recover, so would
you be able to pick her up this afternoon around 3 or 4 pm? 

Let me know…
I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,

Kate
Bruss

Client/Patient
Service Coordinator

Gulf Coast Veterinary
Surgery

713-693-1122

A Surprise Bummer

I took Lilly
to her orthopedist today to let him check out her hind parts, not expecting him
to really find anything specific. Think again, Scott. He detected a minor meniscus
tear in her right knee. (Yes, the troublesome one.) Yes Marsha, this explains
the swelling you palpated last year. Lilly’s chronic Rimadyl prescription
probably explains how she was able to tolerate the tear this long.

 

Anyway,
we decided that the thing to do was orthoscopically clip the tear so it doesn’t
get worse or cause more Arthritis. While he’s there, the doc’s
going to slide out the right TPLO plate just in case. Occasionally, there are
cases where a plate will attract an infection.

 

Lilly has
the procedure in the morning, and I’ll pick her up tomorrow evening. This
is day surgery, and recovery is expected to be relatively brief.