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Originally published at Lemmingworks. You can comment here or there.

As you well know, around April 9th, Larry and I started working on the superaleja needs a laptop to do second life project, to help our online buddy Alejandra Ospina (AKA SuperAleja get a laptop so that she could join us in using Second Life and share with us her experiences in using virtual reality as someone who has always lived with mobility issues.

So many people have helped bring this forward. Since April we have raised over $2400 CDN ($2275 USD) to get Aleja outfitted. Please visit our donations page to see everyone who has helped. Special thanks goes out to Nolan Transportation Agencies for their significant support of our project.

Early on, Mark Dubin of 3DEmbodiment got involved, and has provided some lindens as well as land and building materials to help Aleja explore.

The project, however, has grown from helping out a friend to realizing that this is really the start of an educational research and development project AND we hope it will be the start of a fundraising project. We hope to study how SL can be efficacious for individuals with mobility issues, how to develope new tools to support the use of SL, and raise funds to support individuals who need better computing to access second life… but more on that later… check out Alejandra’s A SECOND LIFE page, and the pictures below.

Thanks for all your help!

Aleja with an Apple Wiz
Aleja with an Apple Wiz

Apple in a bag
The Macbook Pro coming out of the box.

Andrew and Alejandra
Alejandra with Andrew Emig who took care of the financial issues down in NYC, and, along with Laura (below) donated the laptop case.

Aleja and Laura Alejandra with Laura Schutter, who came along to take pictures…

Aleja at the Apple store Alejandra on her way, laptop where it should be, with what looks like a bemused grin.

Aleja putting her body on
Aleja putting her body on

Aleja with Mark
Aleja with Threedee Shepherd (Mark) at the 3DEmbodiment island.

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Jobs goes on the offensive right on the apple website:Apple - Thoughts on Music. I haven’t been playing close attention, but a number of reports of the EU coming down heavy on Apple’s DRM (Digital Rights Management) restrictions have been popping up. Jobs response is clear…. it is not us, it is the record companies, and they’re largely European… so get off our backs and look in your own back yard… hee hee.

Much of the concern over DRM systems has arisen in European countries.  Perhaps those unhappy with the current situation should redirect their energies towards persuading the music companies to sell their music DRM-free.  For Europeans, two and a half of the big four music companies are located right in their backyard.  The largest, Universal, is 100% owned by Vivendi, a French company.  EMI is a British company, and Sony BMG is 50% owned by Bertelsmann, a German company.  Convincing them to license their music to Apple and others DRM-free will create a truly interoperable music marketplace.  Apple will embrace this wholeheartedly.

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indexhero20070109.jpgApple - iPhone

This is what I’ve been waiting for. Now just a year or two for it to get to Canada.

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Ex-Lemmingworks. ##.

Rochelle sent me this link: iPod History, Discovery Channel - Google Video. And it is not just about the iPod, but a nice quick little history of Apple turning around, and why some products change cultures.

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Jeremeanie pointed me to WriteRoom | Hog Bay Software (image below until they block me) which seems to give you your computer back. OF course, clicking on the Hide-Others button might do that too, but still, why not have a widget to do that.

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My dear LaserWriter Select 360 laserprinter just died. We’ve had it for over a decade, and it has done wonderful work for us. It was the first printer we could afford that could do camera ready Japanese, and cost us over $1800, but it was worth it. When Apple discontinued AppleTalk, we got an AppleTalk to Ethernet converter and had it running for the last 5 years as a wireless printer. But today, after loading some A4 paper… I blame the paper, it stopped feeding into the laser drum, and after I popped the lid I could see why. The cable that pulls the cover of the laser drum up and come apart, and the little bit inside that it had been attached to was broken. I can’t imagine trying to fix it after all this time, especially since the color laser printers are getting cheap, and rather good. So it is time to say goodbye. Sniff.

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Originally published at .... You can comment here or there.

I was presenting at the Learning & Teaching Office’s faculty conference today. I’ll upload the podcast and PPTs for it in a bit; you’ll understand why I’ve not done it yet in a moment.

I get into RCC 204, open my laptop and FIZZpopBlort! Whoshing air from an over burdened fan. Funny ping of death beep. And nothing. But the show must go on. Dead laptop. NO tech support. Not even a conference organizer about. Rule #1: Always have a backup. My presentation was on CD, so I got another puter, and away we went.

Presentation went very nicely. Everyone was polite, and there were interesting questions… but my mind was a bit torn… what about my data?

Over the next 4 hours I was trying to get the computer to boot into ‘target mode’ so that I could use it as a hard disk. It would not boot up otherwise.

I got about 3 minutes to get data off, then it would die. Over and Over. I lucked, finally into about 10 full minutes where I could get the rest of it off. Then it died and would not return.

Three weeks left on the warranty. New logic board and harddrive in a couple of days.

I’m presently using my iPod for all my computing. I’ve got my desktops convinced that my iPod is /user/jason/*

Wheeeee….

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Originally published at .... You can comment here or there.

ifoAppleStore - News and information about Apple Computer’s retail stores lists all the new apple stores going in in Canada. There are two new ones going in in Toronto, one opening next month in the Ryerson area, between my office and the new business school building, in the good ol’ Eaton Centre. At present I have to walk past 3 stores that sell Apple products on my way to work. Life if tough.

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