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Incredible incompetence at the OLPC donation program

| tags: random

I was excited about potential for the XO as a delivery vehicle for assistive technology. The laptop looks great online so I ordered one through the buy one get one program. I figured we'd get to develop a demonstration on it for Maze Day. Boy am I disappointed...

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Bringing OS X compatibility to our apps

| tags: mac, programming, enabling technology

I regularly get requests from teachers at schools that are Mac based for versions of our software that will work for them. I want every kid to have access to our stuff so I bought a Mac mini for development. I'd rather be running OS X in a virtual machine but Apple won't let me do that. So I've got the mini sitting here with its video out connected to one of the inputs on my right projector and I hacked a python wrapper for synergy server to switch the projector source when I move the mouse off my Ubuntu desktop onto the mini. It works great. Combine that with MacFusion for file sharing and routing the mini's audio output into the line-in on my Ubuntu machine and it is just about as good as a VM would be.

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C00D11B1 error in windows media player

| tags: programming

I downloaded a book from netlibrary.com via our campus library. When I tried to play it Windows Media Player (on VMware) would complain that it couldn't play it with the only explanation being C00D11B1 (real useful). The error apparently means something went wrong. I tried several fixes none of which helped. I finally found the suggestion to delete the content of the DRM folder (c:\Document and Settings\All Users\DRM). I had to use regedit to find it. After deleting the content of that folder, opening the book produced the login response I expected and now the file plays fine. It is incredible to me that WMP was broken in this way. I created this VM and installed Windows XP SP2 fresh on it recently. This was the very first occasion that WMP has ever been used on this machine!

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Sourdough Wheat Bread

| tags: recipes

Remove the 1847 Sourdough Starter from the refrigerator, add 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of warm water; stir well. Cover with wax paper and allow it to bubble for 2 to 12 hours. I stir mine from time to time and just before measuring.

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Sourdough White Bread

| tags: recipes

Remove the 1847 Sourdough Starter from the refrigerator, add 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of warm water; stir well. Cover with wax paper and allow it to bubble for 2 to 12 hours. I stir mine from time to time and just before measuring.

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