Monthly Archives: August 2007

ISpeakHindi is growing

The hits and visitor counts to have been growing steadily.  Also, I have not done much site promotion and yet the site is showing up on other people’s blogs, on, and several other places.  It is very exciting to think that after I get through some of the content generation, site clean up activities that I plan, then I can start working on site promotion and the traffic should really grow.

Virgin America – In flight entertainment

You have got to check out Virgin America’s inflight entertainment system:

However, unless you live on the west or east coast, you probably won’t be flying with them soon:!is

One username and password for all the sites that you use!  Wait doesn’t Microsoft do that with Passport?  Yeah, but what if you don’t trust Microsoft?

Hummm….  Well, what do you think about this scheme:  You can choose any authentication provider be it a very establish, trusted company like Verisign or a niche player like  And any site that implements the OpenID protocol can use that ID.

This is something I have  been wanting to see for a long time.  Check it out at  Also, there is a wordpress plugin

So, expect to see all my sites OpenID enabled soon.

Interesting things from

1. Walter Bender met with Carole Wacey of Mouse works with youth on technology mentoring programs. Children at are already actively engaged in authoring tutorials and videos about the XO and the older children (middle and high school) are interested in mentoring the elementary-school children who would be getting the XOs.

3. Villa Cardal: While anyone can watch videos on YouTube, children with XOs are posting videos. A video shot on an XO, “parto de una vaca (birth of a calf),” was posted by a 10-year-old child who is participating in the Villa Cardal trial in Uruguay (Please see

5. $1 video microscope: A video of Mary Lou’s prototype microscope attachment for the XO video camera is posted on the web (Please see In the video, she compares various LCD screens. The microscope, which has ~ 100× magnification, could be useful to analyzing water quality, among other things.