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Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

atkulp Get a donation (281 comments)

Microsoft donates a lot of software for charities and non-profits. You don't even need to contact them directly. Register through for donations (or immense discounts) on products from many software companies.

about 5 months ago

Good Robot Projects For K-5?

atkulp Been there, done that (136 comments)

I've been running a Robotics Club in my local elementary school for 2.5 years now. We have a Mindstorms NXT set and the club is always very popular. One thing that helps is having interested parents. Several of them wish they had such a club as a kid so enjoy helping! One of them brings an NXT set from home so we have two to use. I show videos of robot-related things (funny commercials, industrial robots, trade show robots, Robo Wars). I also manage a junior high team for FLL and challenge the K-6 kids with similar challenges. Some of them love to build, some design, some program, and of course I encourage them to take turns. I have about 1/3rd girls, the rest boys. It's a lot of fun!

Feel free to contact me for more details.

more than 5 years ago

A Windows CE Shell For Netbooks

atkulp Bring 'em on! (150 comments)

This would be a great idea. I have a Viewsonic ViewPad SuperPDA from about eight years ago. It's one of the first tablet form-factor PC's and it was powered by CE. Resistive 800x600 touchscreen with USB host, PCMCIA, CompactFlash, integrated sound, VGA-out adapter. I have a wireless network card in there and I can use a USB keyboard along with the stylus for mouse input and it's really nice. What makes me mad about my device is no option to upgrade that I can figure out/hack. I would love to install the latest version and get .NET Compact Framework support. Writing native CE apps in VB or C is not to my liking! I can install many CE apps, but not Windows Mobile (which is a layer over CE), and nothing for .NET. Its built-in web browser is pretty good for its time (though it needs updating pretty bad now), and the Microsoft Word (lite) works well.

Bottom line: if I could get a modern piece of hardware running CE I would. It's cheaper, and much more stable. I'd love to see $150 netbooks made possible this way -- especially since my target functionality is rich text editing, web browsing, and remote desktop support -- all possible on these devices.


more than 6 years ago


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