[Community-news] Software developers needed for OLPC Afghanistan

Don dond1955 at fastmail.fm
Sun Oct 26 14:51:45 EDT 2008

Do you represent OLPC?  If not, please tell me your role
On Fri, 24 Oct 2008 19:57:51 -0700, "Edward Cherlin"
<echerlin at gmail.com> said:
> On Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 5:16 PM, Don <dond1955 at fastmail.fm> wrote:
> >
> > On Fri, 24 Oct 2008 16:09:21 -0700, "Edward Cherlin"
> > <echerlin at gmail.com> said:
> >> On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 4:45 PM, Don <dond1955 at fastmail.fm> wrote:
> >> > I am interested Svetla.
> >> >  I have lots of skills and I do also possess a bit of charm.
> >> > I am not religious but that does not mean that I am against religion.
> >> >  Sadly my knowledge of
> >> >  computers thus far are only windows based.  I am a G1G1 and to be
> >> >  frank, not a lover of microsoft.  My trade is in construction... on
> >> >  both the very high
> >> >  ends and the very low.  If you think there is a place there for one
> >> >  such as me so as to perhaps
> >> >  strengthen your credibility in that culture, please let me know.
> >
> >> Actually, it is not a matter of credibility. Decades of war destroyed
> >> much of the building stock and infrastructure and almost all industry,
> >> and the Taliban drove everybody competent from the country, down to
> >> the level of telephone installers. Although people have been
> >> returning, and there is a considerable amount of investment,
> >> Afghanistan needs people who can teach the skills for building,
> >> including math, engineering, design, skilled trades, finance, and
> >> sustainability. And the skills for teaching.
> > I am a a licenced builder in the state of michigan...USA, with decades
> > of experience in construction...and also being friendly to everyone
> > along the path of creativity.  I have trained many young ones with my
> > knowledge over the years. I would like to help.
> > Who are you?
> > Don
> I am a volunteer with OLPC and Sugar Labs, and I run Earth Treasury.
> You can see a video I made about where the XO program can take us on
> my Wiki page (URL below). To see my names, you need to turn on Unicode
> support or use a Unicode-capable mailer, and install Chinese, Sanskrit
> Devanagari, and Arabic/Urdu fonts.
> I am working towards a microfinance project in Afghanistan, to supply
> looms and other art and craft tools and to supply Internet
> connectivity so that people can sell their works on eBay,
> Shopping.com, Overstock.com, and so on.
> My first work on OLPC Sugar software was in language
> support--keyboards, writing systems, fonts, and so on. I helped
> recruit translators for the less well supported languages of target
> countries. Now I watch for other things that need to be done, and go
> recruit people to do them. Village electricity and broadband Internet;
> microfinance; various kinds of software; educational content; redesign
> of textbooks to take advantage of the powerful collaborative software
> in Sugar; and more.
> -- 
> Silent Thunder (默雷/धर्ममेघशब्दगर्ज/دھرممیگھشبدگر ج) is my name
> And Children are my nation.
> The Cosmos is my dwelling place, The Truth my destination.
> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/User:Mokurai
  dond1955 at fastmail.fm

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