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Re: [OLPCVietnam] Re: Vung Vieng Village XO Project

Hi Arky and friends,

I apologize for the late reply. I have been busy with family and traveling:).  Congratulations on the Mozilla achievement! Arky, that's really great news about completing the Mozilla localization to Vietnamese! I hope you also had an interesting and productive conference in Cambodia. Currently, I am not planning to come to SE Asia this year. That could change & I'll be sure to let my friends know if I will come.

The newest XO Build, 12.1.0 is available here:

It works wonders with the XO-1. It dual boots easily into GNOME and works with Firefox. We are fortunate that Sugar Labs for now, is still supporting the XO-1 model.

I think it will be wonderful if some of you can make a visit to the VVV. In one of the recent posts, you were discussing the ability to bring the Internet to the VVV. That should work on a 3G device. A volunteer colleague who works in Kenya  http://ntugigroup.org/ recently shared a link to a BBC piece on the XO project in Ntugi. Scroll down to Part 3 with the XO photo to watch.
You can see that they had Skype working from Kenya to China on an XO-1 with a 3G USB connection.

The desire for Internet for meaningful learning for kids (and adults) with XOs, raises the need for funds. Last spring, I was contacted by Mr. Roger Wander, of Australia who visited the VVV in winter, 2012. He had a very generous idea and raised some money from his friends, instead of birthday gifts for a big birthday. I wrote up the details in my blog here:

You can see that we had an idea to use the funds for a lending library, and if the XOs are unused, or not being used in school, perhaps they could be used in the new library with Internet also funded by the gift at the start, anyway.

I was in touch with Ms. Trang, at Indochina Junk last in August. At that time, I thought I would be coming and could perhaps facilitate delivery of Roger's gift to make certain that his funds are used to benefit the children/families he intends. Ms. Trang had mentioned that the families in the VVV might be moved to a different place (on land). I haven't heard a time frame for that and my plans travel plans changed; I did not come. I haven't heard anything further.  The funds are still available.

It would be ideal if you (Vietnamese speakers) contact Ms. Trang, and Mr Dũng, the owner of Indochina Junk, directly, since I admittedly have a huge language problem.:) She can be reached here:


To Kim Tuyen  (Trang
Sales & Marketing Manager

A: No 11, Alley 12B, Ly Nam De st - Hanoi - Vietnam
T: (+84) 4 3926 4085

F: (+84) 4 3923 2560

P: (+84) 983 367 479

Hotline: (+84) 989 166 433
: [email protected]

W: ­www.indochina-junk.com 

Mr. Roger Wander and I both would be pleased to see something positive happen for the children of the floating villages. I know they are far behind in their education, for the time they have not been in regular schools. Many of the kids quit by the time they are 10 to 12 years old and none of them go to high school. I was told that the adult literacy rate was only about 25% out there. So much can be done and the XOs are a tool already in hand.

Speaking of the XOs, I was in San Francisco at the OLPC Volunteer Summit last month. OLPC has an experiment with Android Tablets in Ethiopia that our group might want to read about. It is sort of like what I did, leaving computers for folks to figure out by themselves (which maybe in retrospect wasn't the best idea.) But in Ethiopia, the tablets have sim chips embedded which are collected every week so that what the children are doing with the tablets can be analyzed. The project is called "The Reading Project" The presentation and slide talk is available on Ustream here:

My thoughts on this: Tablets with touch screens are now everywhere. In HCMC last year, many students at Van Lang U already had Ipads. The XO-4 will have a sunlight readable touchscreen, due out in 2013. Good learning can occur with the touch tablets and toys now available also. When my Bangkok son visited recently, he bought a Fisher Price toy called Leap Frog for my 1 year old grandson (not open source and pricy).

I know that by now, even the folks from the VVV must have seen tablets on their visits to Hong Gai. Perhaps people would prefer new easier to use touch tablets to the old XOs.  But how many Ipad and Iphone users know how to program, how to develop Apps, etc., who will be the next generation of "you," and how will children learn patience, if the accessible technology provides only the easy stuff?

That's it for today. I am hopeful.
Thank you and warmest regards,

 On Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 2:02 PM, Arky <[email protected]> wrote:

Hi Nancie,

After two years, we managed to built an active Mozilla localization (l10n) team working on Firefox localization. Perhaps
we could use their help to localize OLPC activities as well.

Anyone up for a visit to Vung Vieng Fishing village in first week of Dec 2012.