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Kano, a computer that you make

A computer anyone can make

Today, I discovered a really cool project on  Kickstarter: Kano: A computer anyone can make by Kano — Kickstarter

Our software combines Kano OS, a distribution of Debian Linux, with an interface that feels a bit like a console game. It runs six Kano Levels, software projects to make Pong, Snake, Minecraft, videos, and music – with (inshallah) more to come.

The goal of the project is to make building a computer and programming a computer as fun and easy as building a Lego set. It looks really cool and I want to buy one for my kids. It looks like they are going to be sold for $99.

This is basically a Raspberry Pi computer with special OpenSource software, some cool hardware casing, keyboard, cables, and easy to follow instructions. Awesome!

Something cool: Smart Quotes for Smart People

I just found something cool that I wanted to share: Smart Quotes for Smart People

“Smart quotes,” the correct quotation marks and apostrophes, are curly or sloped. “Dumb quotes,” or straight quotes, are a vestigial constraint from typewriters when using one key for two different marks helped save space on a keyboard. Unfortunately, many improper marks make their way onto websites because of dumb defaults in applications and CMSs. Luckily, using correct quotation marks and apostrophes today is easier than you think.