Browse Start Page

Jacob Haddon thaesa at
Sat Dec 20 18:17:44 EST 2008

Tiddlywiki has no 'history' per say, so yes, it is easy to erase things permanently. You can do a 'backup' but that option creates a new file each time. with the limited space on the XO, this is probably not a good idea. 

indeed. i also envisioned that other tabs could be added by the different deployments for anything specific they wanted. 

i know this is probably low on the list of things to do, but it is something I'd help with if there is interest. 


----- Original Message ----
From: Samuel Klein <sj at>
To: Jacob Haddon <thaesa at>
Cc: devel at
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 12:37:41 PM
Subject: Re: Browse Start Page

Thanks, Jacob.  It would be good to see other very different designs
for the front page as well.

I think it's important to include easy ways to
- search for help and info about OLPC/XO/Sugar [with links to Help activity?]
- learn about python / smalltalk / C / source / programming in general
- search the web [with options for diff. engines]
- search the computer [for documents / metadata; with links to journal-search?]

TiddlyWiki in my experience is easy to mess up and be unable to
restore... are there solutions for this now?


On Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 12:25 PM, Jacob Haddon <thaesa at> wrote:
> I've set up a moc start page for the Browse activity. It seems that a great opportunity is missed on the browse from page for helping provide information to the students about their computer, about resources available to them, and possible connections to the school server.
> My moc-up can be found here (this is for demonstration, layout and design aspects can be changed and by that I mean improved)
> The layout is pretty simple, using the YUI, i set up a few tabs with information in each. The first is the standard 'start' page where the student is going onto the net. Other tabs can be set up for specific subjects based on the needs of the classroom or OLPC itself.
> For example, a tab just on the XO with links to the GPL, where to get the code, etc, would help with one of the recent discussions on this list. There could be links to Python information, tutorials, or even an entire tab on Python.
> This set up will allow more robust information to get to the student beyond the simple start page. Also this helps with the not-so-quite intuitive bookmarks that browse currently offers.
> On a related note, TiddyWiki ( now works in the Browse activity. This too could be set up as the homepage, again with sections pre-set up for use, but adding the ability for the student to add things to it, such as a daily journal, or collections of links and such.
> Either the YUI example or the TiddlyWiki could be used, or both in some combination (YUI as home page with link to the wiki)
> these are just my thoughts/suggestions.
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