15 computer science collegians looking for a project

NoiseEHC NoiseEHC at freemail.hu
Tue Apr 29 08:03:02 EDT 2008


Okay, it seems that I extrapolated my attempt to the current situation.
~9 months ago I have applied for a physical machine (or for a login to a 
physical machine) since the databook missed a lot of information 
regarding assembly instruction scheduling on the Geode. I was told to 
look up the information in the databook... (Hmmmm) After that I got a 
promise that there will be machines put to the net so programmers could 
login into them. Then I have got no reply if this happened or not. I 
have decided that I will not beg for a fscking machine.
Now that I know it, will request one again when I will have some spare 
time to work on it.
Thanks for the information!

ps:
BTW I have run through email several tests and later a brave man set up 
a machine for me for a week. What I have learned is that the databook 
not only is missing a lot of information but misleading and sometimes 
plainly wrong. So the measurements I have started will never be finished.

Tomeu Vizoso wrote:
> I've been told that machines will be sent to the people that provide a
> convincing description of what they want to work on.
>
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Developer_program#How_to_apply_for_an_XO
>
> Thanks,
>
> Tomeu
>
> On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 1:04 PM, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com> wrote:
>   
>> I was perhaps under the mistaken impression that OLPC was dumping
>>  machines to developers like candy again after a hiatus due to a
>>  logistical snafu. Hmm.
>>
>>  -walter
>>
>>  2008/4/29 NoiseEHC <NoiseEHC at freemail.hu>:
>>
>>
>>     
>>> Actually it is a funny proposal since without real XO machines it is a
>>>       
>>  >  little bit hard to profile programs and since it seems that it is quite
>>  >  impossible nowadays to get a machine, they are out of luck. Exactly why
>>  >  does not OLPC just dump machines to developers like candy? Even if only
>>  >  1% of people do something about performance, it could be more cost
>>  >  effective than hiring 1 man for it (and the XO badly needs this work).
>>  >
>>  >  BTW if you referring to this
>>  >  http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/devel/2008-March/012033.html
>>  >  or this
>>  >  http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/sugar/2006-September/000439.html
>>  >  then these are not easy and fast things either.
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >  Walter Bender wrote:
>>  >  > Any interest in the themes/topics Tomeu outlined in his email about
>>  >  > Sugar performance? Lots of interesting things to explore that would be
>>  >  > of real value to the project.
>>  >  >
>>  >  > -walter
>>  >  >
>>  >  > On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 1:38 PM, Patrick Jahenr
>>  >  > <patrick.jahner at stud.fh-swf.de> wrote:
>>  >  >
>>  >  >> Hi there,
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>  We are a group of 15 collegians, studying 'Applied Computer Science'
>>  >  >>  at the University of Applied Sciences in Iserlohn (Germany) and we
>>  >  >>  are looking for a project for the OLPC within the scope of our subject
>>  >  >>  "Computer-Networks". Our professor (Prof. Martin Hühne) let us choose
>>  >  >>  our own topic, leading us directly to our first problem: What can
>>  >  >>  we do?
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>  We have to find a project fitting to this demand. We read the wiki
>>  >  >>  and realised, that most of our ideas we thought we could implement
>>  >  >>  are either finished software projects or simply not good enough to
>>  >  >>  keep on thinking about them, because they do not fit to the OLPC-
>>  >  >>  ideas. The wiki pages for Project ideas are nice, but you do not
>>  >  >>  know exactly whether there is already someone working on one of the
>>  >  >>  projects, or not. The Pages for Current Projects are quite nice too,
>>  >  >>  but there you do not know if the people working on it actually do
>>  >  >>  need help.
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>  That is why we post this little request to the readers of this mailing
>>  >  >>  list.
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>  We are looking for either a project we can take part on, or a not-
>>  >  >>  yet-implemented idea. It should not bee too big for us in order to
>>  >  >>  be finished within time; it should not be too small to have something
>>  >  >>  to do for 15 students. (Anyway, don't forget we need to sleep)
>>  >  >>  It would be nice, but not all necessary if the project could involve
>>  >  >>  some of the networking technologies of the XO, I mean, the subject
>>  >  >>  is "Computer-Networks"
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>  Furthermore, there is a time limit: We will have to end the project
>>  >  >>  until end of June, whereas there will be the same subject for another
>>  >  >>  group of students after our free period, which will have the same,
>>  >  >>  or a similar task. Probably, they will go on, on our project, if
>>  >  >>  its not finished.
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>  Our Knowledge Base:
>>  >  >>  We have good basic knowledge in C/C++, Java, some basic knowledge
>>  >  >>  in scripting languages (Perl, PHP and bash) and some of us have good
>>  >  >>  knowledge of Linux. A further subject called "Software-Engineering"
>>  >  >>  came along with us for one and a half year.
>>  >  >>  We started reading and working in Python and GTK, and saw, we can
>>  >  >>  cope that.
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>  We are open for all your suggestions, you can email me directly if
>>  >  >>  you have a project we can take part on, but you could also just answer
>>  >  >>  here, if you have a good idea which of the project ideas we could
>>  >  >>  implement.
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>  Thank you in advance,
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>  Patrick
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>  P.S. Please forgive me my English skills
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>
>>  >  >>
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