Author Archives: George Hunt

About George Hunt

Retired electrical engineer and programmer, enthusiastic about OLPC as a vehicle for gathering together volunteerism, mine and so many others', for helping education in developing countries.

Current Monitor Progress Report — 2/16/2014

At the OLPC summit in late October 2013, I gave a demonstration of an Arduino based current monitor.  At the time, I was more excited about the schoolserver on the trimslice which was streaming Internet In A Box to a … Continue reading

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School Server Realities

During a nine day visit to Haiti Jan 20-29, the difficulties of providing power, and the realities of my poor planning and judgement, hit home.  When I visited Haiti in March, and Sept, I  installed two school servers with 12 … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi As an OLPC Classroom Projector

When I was a high school teacher, I used films from the County education department to make the geography books I was teaching more concrete, and sometimes just to babysit the class, when I was overworked, or nearing the end … Continue reading

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Revisit to Silar’s Orphanage 6 Months after School Server Install

This picture shows Adam, and me working together on the installation of the XO4 as the new school server.  I was in New York city, and talking to Adam via skype on his laptop. And I was also connected remotely to … Continue reading

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My First School Server Deployment

Silar’s orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti, usually has power once a day, often in the time between 12pm to 6 or 7am. In this context, it seemed necessary to have some sort of battery system, for the server, and … Continue reading

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End of a wonderful week of geeking

Jerry Vonau and I accomplished a lot during this last week.  For me the high point was getting all the remote administration, client/server stuff stitched together. It was also really rewarding, when the software that we’ve been writing pretty much … Continue reading

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XS Community Edition at a Critical Crossroad

My strengths and weaknesses are now apparent in what we have been calling the School Server — Community Edition.  Let me explain: I’m pretty good at picking targets that are strategic, and starting to explore the paths that might lead … Continue reading

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Early testing Results for XS-ARM

Jerry Vonau, and I, worked on the new School Server software pretty steadily for a week. We ate and drank too much, got too little exercise, but had a fun week with Adam Holt, at his parents’ house, a few miles … Continue reading

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XS Progress Report

The fedora 17 XO software is now released.  I’m working on adding School Server functions on top of this base release for the XO-1.75. A 4 watt School Server is the target. The OLPC-Australia design document mentions breaking apart the … Continue reading

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Small Steps on Arm Rpms

I’ve recently been working on automating the RPM package generation for ARM processors.  The script takes as input the SOURCE packages for the School Server at http://fedora.laptop.org/xs/stable/olpc/xs-0.7/source/ and grinds out binary RPMs  on the local Trimslice ARM processor. To my … Continue reading

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