[Edu-sig] Size of browser/window in school computer labs

Andre Roberge andre.roberge at gmail.com
Wed Aug 22 12:37:48 CEST 2007

Thanks to all of you that gave me feedback; this is very useful.   A
new version of Crunchy will soon be out - I "only" have to document
the changes in the Crunchy tutorial.   This new version will include
two new types of interpreters as option, one based on Michael Tobis's
suggestion from a few weeks ago, the other based on John Posner's

My over-optimistic goal is to have version 1.0 released early in
September - for use in the next school year by interested parties.  I
understand that some students working for Jeff Elkner have been
adapting "How to think like a computer scientist" as well as the
livewires modules so that they would be best making use of Crunchy.

Stay tuned...



On 8/22/07, Dethe Elza <delza at livingcode.org> wrote:
> Not a school, but some data points for you in this world where
> ultra-mobile computers (cell phones, PDAs, etc) may be out-pacing the
> growth of desktops and faux-desktop laptops:
> Nokia N800 web appliance (my travel computer, together with a fold-up
> bluetooth keyboard it weighs about a pound, a third of that without
> the keyboard): 800 x 480 resolution.  Runs PyGame nicely, has Python
> 2.5 as an optional install, Linux-based.
> The OLPC XO is 1200 x 900 (and more amazingly, 200 DPI) and also runs
> PyGame, so my N800 serves as a development platform for the XO until I
> can get my hands on the real thing.
> Right now I'm working on a Scratch-like environment for kids built on
> top of PyGame.  My son just got an extremely powerful computer for his
> 7th birthday: a Nintendo DS (two screens, one touch-sensitive).  Every
> game he plays, he sits down to sketch out how he would write it in
> Scratch, complete with wireframes, event handling, etc.  Scratch has
> been an amazing force in our house.  Right now he and his sister (who
> also has a DS) are playing games against each other wirelessly,
> without any support infrastructure (The DS creates its own wireless
> network).  This is their world, they expect everything to be able to
> be programmable, connectable, hackable (they read my copies of Make
> magazine before I do and plan out their hardware projects: we'll be
> building an MP3 player when we get back from vacation).
> Hope all of you are well.  Greetings from Sofia, Bulgaria.
> --Dethe
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