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Q helps with optimizing our computer set up! Gcompris too!

Sunday, July 02, 2006
I HATE the loud noises of CPUs, especially when they are in our living room. After YEARS of asking for a change, the husband and Q set to work on moving the CPUs into the basement.

They cleaned out part of the basement (major bonus!) and then set up some shelves. The CPUs were moved down along with the router.

Basement technology center - 1

They drilled a hole between the office area upstairs and the basement area downstairs. Extension cabling was threaded down and connected to a USB and hotwire combo hub for management of data input from the upstairs office area.

Basement technology center - 3

Here is a shot of the router and cable modem

Basement technology center - 2

Here is a shot of the upstairs office area, free of CPUs

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Here are two shots of the hub

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Back end

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We are ready now for the arrival of KD's desk and we will be setting her up with her own newly constructed CPU (with Q's help) and a wall mounted flat screen display. Cant wait! She is ready for her computer lessons, will be starting her on Gcompris.

is an interesting and free early education software program created by the French Government.

Their site says:
GCompris is an educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. Some of the activities are game orientated, but nonetheless still educational. Below you can find a list of categories with some of the activities available in that category.

- computer discovery: keyboard, mouse, different mouse gesture, ...
- algebra: table memory, enumeration, double entry table, mirror image, ...
- science: the canal lock, the water cycle, the submarine, electric simulation ...
- geography: place the country on the map
- games: chess, memory, connect 4, oware, sudoku ...
- reading: reading practice
- other: learn to tell time, puzzle of famous paintings, vector drawing, ...

Currently GCompris offers in excess of 80 activities and more are being developed. GCompris is free software, that means that you can adapt it to your own needs, improve it and, most importantly, share it with children everywhere.

I will share pics of that set up when we have it set up!

A sneak preview of the desk we got, to which the keyboard and mouse will be tethered.

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  • Too cool! I love it! That would solve the problem of the twins turning the CPU on/off on Max's computer also. We are trying to figure out when to get the twins their computers. It will have to be two because one will not do. Right now they just watch Max and basically drool over his. That free software sounds really nice. I'm going to check it out. Love the desk!

    By Blogger Melissa, at 8:27 AM  
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