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So many cables, so little time

I have decided to create a little instructional video for Joey for his new xo laptop (see http://www.laptopgiving.org). I think he stands a chance of using it more if the basic moves are easy for him immediately. How to open it. How to turn it on. How to move from one program to another. How to get connected to the internet. How to take pictures and videos. The laptop uses linux, modified for children into an operating system they call "sugar". It really is pretty intuitive but some things can be frustrating if you want to get going right now.

I first tried to do the video using the built-in camera on my mac and iMovie. I wasn't able to adjust the mac to get the angles I wanted to show what I wanted. It's fine for the introductions, where I talk to the camera. So I decided to take out my miniDV camcorder and record the rest that way.

I recorded most of what I want but then discovered that I do not have the proper cable to connect the camcorder to the computer. I thought sure I had this the last time I used it but that was a couple of years ago and who knows what might have happened to it? I looked through my neat little clear plastic shoe-like boxes with the proper labels - "camcorder" and "computer", but did not find the right kind of cable. I found many others, of course. Just not that one. So I am off to Best Buy. I want to get this finished, crude or not, so I can send the little guy to Joey.


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Jan. 3rd, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised there aren't videos on the website. Or on YouTube. Here, I found some:

I want one!
Jan. 4th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
I was kinda figuring I'd be putting one of the first videos on there, actually...hehe...That one wasn't particularly good for a child, obviously. One thing he didn't mention is the book reader. You can orient the page long-ways and then turn the screen around and use it as a flat book reader. This is one of the critical uses, in fact, for the children in third-world countries who can't afford paper books.

I got a lot of video uploaded to the computer this aft. The movie program stalled while forming thumbnails (I don't yet know the mac equivalent to ctrl-alt-delete - I am sure there is something) but ultimately nothing was lost. So I feel confident that I can start again tomorrow to create a few improved images, I hope get enough video to create the whole thing so I can send the laptop on to Joey!

The keyboard really is tiny! It should be fine for Joey but it's a bit of a challenge for me.

Oh, by the way, the computer was shipped in an environmentally responsible way. Very little packaging. I'm figuring to include some pix of that part too.
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