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I Bought an RV!

A short while I ago, as an aside, I mentioned that I might be buying an RV to live in. It seemed like a good idea, so every day I checked ebay to see what sorts of deals were to be had. I wasn't ready to buy, but I figured it would be good to know what's available for when the condo sold.

I sat in my living room chatting with some friends on AIM when one of them brought up the RV idea. While I explained it to them I opened up ebay. By default it shows the most recently listed RVs on top. The very top one was an R-Vision Trail Lite, one of the few models I'd really liked. I glanced over at the price and it was $14,000, less than half of what they usually go for. There must be something wrong with it.

I opened the listing and read through the description. The front "shotgun" seat was missing. No big deal. They'd backed into something and the fiberglass around the tail light was cracked. No big deal. The couch wasn't the one specifically made for the RV. No big deal.

Nicholas Negroponte at GigaOM Mobilize Conference

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I recently attended GigaOM's Mobilize 2010 conference in San Francisco, where many speakers pontificated on the current and future impact of mobile.  The event was good and fast-paced, although I wished some of the panels could've gotten more in-depth.  Kudos to my friend Teck Chia who spoke on a panel at the event.

One interesting keynote was from Nicholas Negroponte, the creator of the One Laptop Per Child initiative.  He spoke about the history of the program, and what's worked, and what hasn't worked, as well as his move into tablets instead of laptops.  He gave some compelling reasons why tablets would help 3rd world countries leapfrog the US educational system, and how he's working to create tablets that allow users to create content, not just consume content (the key, he says, is content creation - without it, everyone is just a bunch of couch potatoes).

Here's the video of his talk:

I recently attended GigaOM's Mobilize 2010 conference in San Francisco, where many speakers pontificated on the current and future impact of mobile.  The event was good and fast-paced, although I wished some of the panels could've gotten more in-depth.  Kudos to my friend Teck Chia who spoke on a panel at the event. One interesting keynote was from Nicholas Negroponte, the creator of the One Laptop Per Child initiative.  He spoke about the history of the program, and what's worked, and what hasn't worked, as well as his move into tablets instead of laptops.  He gave some compelling reasons why tablets would help 3rd world countries leapfrog the US educational system, and how he's working to create tablets that allow users to create content, not just consume content (the key, he says, is content creation - without it, everyone is just a bunch of couch potatoes). Here's the video of his talk:

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