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11 April 2007



Hey, the Commodore 64 was my first computer, too (but unlike you, I spent so much time with it, my parents actually took it away at one point).

It's amazing what OLPC has done in a relatively short amount of time; I got a chance to see one up close at a Linux event at the Google HQ a few months ago, and they've already deployed them in Nigeria:


This project is way past the planning stages, they are going to deploy 15 million units by this year.


Somewhat unrelated, but continuing on the Greek-technology theme, is this essay someone sent me recently:

"Antikythera Reborn - The Hackers of Ancient Greece"


Thanks for the link. I find it astonishing that the Greeks were so incredibly ahead of their time in so many respects.


Maybe a lack of dogma had something to do with it. Our last great scientist was John Philoponus 600 years later and then largely darkness until 1700.


Another Antikythera sighting from the current issue of the New Yorker:

This one is much longer than the TuxDeluxe piece, and has some fascinating pictures, including x-rays of the inside of the device.

It wasn't until the 19th century, with the start of the industrial revolution, that such precision devices were being made (again).

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