XP on OLPC - a contrarian view

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Sat May 17 15:18:06 EDT 2008

Richard A. Smith wrote:
> Sameer Verma wrote:
>>>> The other thing that was strange was that when he captures video, the
>>>> camera light did not come on. Isn't the camera wired in series with
>>>> the
>>>> LED? If that's the case then the LED should be on...or the video was
>>>> edited post production.
>>> Probably it is old hardware.
>> It looks very much like an MP machine. The video is processed
> As best I can tell from the video it is an MP machine.  All versions
> of  XO's that had LED indicators for mic and camera had them
> functional. So if that LED was not on then one of the following is true:
> 1) They were not really capturing video at that moment.
> 2) The LED is broke
> 3) They somehow discovered a (software) way to capture without the
> LED.   Something we tried hard to prevent.
> The moment he starts the recorder program you will see the LED light
> but in later shots its not lit.

Yeah, its probably #1. Boot up times become moot if children simply rely
on suspend and resume with topping up the battery whenever possible. Its
the actual performance of the environment that really matters.


Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA

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