Worlds best paint software for kids

Watch the Tux Paint video on Youtube
. Or download high resolution(810×630) Tux Paint video in Ogg, Avi and Flash format.

Tux paint is Free software. Visit the Tux Paint home page and download your free copy today.

Bill Kendrick has lots of awesome software. Check out New Breed Software – Games and stuff for Linux, Windows, Mac, Dreamcast, Zaurus and more.

Hands down Tux Paint is the best drawing program for children ages 3 to 12.

For more info check out the Tux Paint article on Wikipedia.

Wiki skills training

WikiEducators next online Learning4Content workshop starts this Monday, 26 May
2008. Please help WikiEducator spread the word about this free
training opportunity and encourage folk to enrol and be supported in learning MediaWiki skills

Prospective participants can register online for the next workshop:

Please help WE achieve OUR targets to train 2500 educators (teachers,
lecturers and trainers) by the end of the year.

To date we have achieved 17% of our target — which is still a long
way to go and we’re a little behind on our targets 🙁

Thanks Leigh Blackall for the info.

Open source tools in Secondlife – Builders Buddy

I’ve been thinking about what other useful tools I can introduce to educators in secondlife. Builders Buddy is useful for people interested in building. I put together a small package with a tutorial, you can get a copy of builders buddy in sl. Watch the Builders Buddy video on youtube to see what it is. Probably one of the cool things I didn’t mention was wearing it as an attachment and using it to rez a few seats that would follow you around. Maybe I’ll make a part 2 video that also looks at the configuration options at the top of the main script. People used to proprietary products in sl would probably know of something like this that’s usually called a rez box.

Sculpted prims in Opensim more advanced than SL

Sculptie Physics on OpenSim from Dahlia Trimble on Vimeo.


Teravus was teaching me about the internals of the meshing for physics on opensim when the topic came up about making a mesh out of a sculpted prim. I mentioned I would like to attempt to make one and try it out, and a few hours later he had it working! This video is Dahlia walking on a sculpted prim spaceship in OSGrid after updating to his new code.

More info

In secondlife sculpties only collide on bounding boxes, which make them really only suitable for visuals, not for part of complex builds. Due to some early work done by Teravus this week, that’s no longer true for OpenSim. We’re now creating a tri-mesh collision surface for sculpties and passing that into our physics engine.

Opensim demo running on a stick

I made a video of what Ive been up to with Opensim, you can watch Opensim Gnutopia demo on youtube or download Opensim demo.

Here’s some images from my Opensim aka Gnutopia.

I used the following software packages to set up my Opensim on windows.

Probably the best thing about the way Ive done this is that I can run it from a memory stick which makes it easier to demonstrate and use when I’m not connected to a network on other peoples computers, thats a fairly common scenario in education, I can also leave them with a copy which is a nice bonus. Unfortunately in Australia our isp’s offer internet packages that set limits on how much we can upload and download otherwise I would have this running all the time. Perhaps someone out there could help out, i would love to have a Wikiversity region connected to osgrid or something like that.

I might put a howto on a wiki if people end up asking lots of questions.


I’ve been looking at the ASUS Eee PC. It looks pretty sweet, the Eee 900 Series was recently released.

Here’s some info for people to lazy to click the link to the wikipedia article:

The ASUS Eee PC (pronounced as the letter e, IPA /iː/) is a subnotebook computer designed by ASUS and Intel. At the time of its introduction, it was noted for its combination of light weight, Linux-based operating system, solid-state drive and relatively low cost. In the UK, the ASUS Eee PC is also distributed as the RM Asus Minibook by RM.

According to ASUS, the name Eee derives from “the three Es,” an abbreviation of their advertising slogan for the device: “Easy to learn, Easy to work, Easy to play”.[3] The device may fall into a newly defined category of Netbooks.

ASUSTek is committed to meet the requirements of the GNU General Public License.

I think you can pick one up for around $400 to $600 AU.
Definitely worth checking out. Eeepc product page.