Give Away and Rain

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I'm not sure which is the bigger news, the computer giveaway or the first significant rain since I've been here. The rain started just as I was loading the last giveaway into a woman's truck, so I'm going to take it as a good omen. Presumable most people aren't here for a weather report though so I will talk some about the giveaway.

The total for today was 28 systems at minimum, that counts MIT systems and Diné College systems that still had property tags. A few more that already had the tags removed might have gone too. Things got to moving pretty quickly, having free computers in the hall and all.

We started setup at 9am and left a bit past 6pm. This for a class that is nominally 11am to 1:30pm, so lots of dedication from the students there. The students setup accounts and gave tutorials to the grantees, and most importantly traded contact info for follow on support (the students have mine if it gets too sticky).

I don't have hard numbers, but it seemed to me about 2/3 of the computers went to women. It's possible the women just stayed around longer or something, but there doesn't seem to be any gender divide here on interest in computers at least.

Demand did ultimately out strip supply and we took a waiting list. There's been some informal discussion of running a similar build up giveaway program during the Fall "Hardware Fundamentals" class, though there needs to be a bit of review to see how well it really fits the curriculum.

Our Navajo input method seemed to be the biggest hit of the day. People really seemed to like being able to type Navajo accented characters relatively easily. The "normal" method at the school is to use special fonts that put the glyphs for the accented charaters on the number keys and the brackets, of course then you need the right font to read the text and need to switch fonts for numbers (or shifted numbers like "$"). Using our input method the accented characters in most standard fonts are available so people reading the documents don't need special fonts and those writing don't need to remember that "á" is "1" and "?" is "[".

And it rained and is still raining
Tsaile Butte


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