I want to start with the basics by teaching the parts of a PC and having them use some of our spare parts from machines no longer under the service contract to put together a PC from scratch in teams. Then I figure on getting into Operating Systems, preferably by installing Linux on to the machines they have built. The problem here comes in with finding a modern flavor of Linux that will run ok on a P2 400 with 64 MB of ram. Ubuntu has had issues with my test system I tossed together. So I will need suggestions here as well.
I'd also like to teach some programming to the kids. However I'm six years out of date on my programming skills and I only learned BASIC, COBOL, and C++. It needs to be something that has a good English syntax (C++ doesn't really have this and even BASIC and COBOL aren't really what I want here), can generate output that the kids would be interested in (anything that can output to the screen easily or is easy to generate interactive content with is good), and also it needs to be a fairly low cost solution. It also should hopefully be easy for me to pick up as well.
I'd like some other fun projects as well, like maybe some simple robotics stuff (the Lego variety or something similar), some digital photography, etc. However the other things are a higher priority since I think I can apply them to their general education than the more fun projects.
So what would those of Slashdot do if given this project?"
Charlie Brooker of the Guardian has the last laugh on the wrong-way-roundedness of the UK version of the Mac/PC ads.
The ads are adapted from a near-identical American campaign — the only difference is the use of Mitchell and Webb. They are a logical choice in one sense (everyone likes them), but a curious choice in another, since they are best known for the television series Peep Show — probably the best sitcom of the past five years — in which Mitchell plays a repressed, neurotic underdog, and Webb plays a selfish, self-regarding poseur. So when you see the ads, you think, "PCs are a bit rubbish yet ultimately lovable, whereas Macs are just smug, preening tossers." In other words, it is a devastatingly accurate campaign.
Nice description of Myst too
From the article:
"A recent Greenpeace report rated Apple the worst offender on a list of PC companies including Dell, HP and Sony, saying: "Apple fails to embrace the precautionary principle, withholds its full list of regulated substances and provides no timelines for eliminating toxic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and no commitment to phasing out all uses of brominated flame retardants.""
Now, after coming home from a Super Bowl party, I find my monitor blank, and my computer powered down. Moving the mouse didn't wake the machine up. Upon examining the power cord to see if the green power light was on, I noticed the burn marks and melted plastic [flickr.com]. I immediately pulled the cord out of the notebook, and then unplugged it from the surge protector [apc.com]. All the other devices on the surge protector seem fine, including my external hard drive, which contains the majority of my work as I didn't trust my Macbook Pro to be reliable anymore. I wonder what the geniuses will do now?"
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ISRAELI EMBASSY IN NYC A RADIATION HOT SPOT
by x Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006 at 5:05 PM
Feds surveyed NYC for radiation, found tainted park, Embassy