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“Buy a Laptop for a Child, Get Another Laptop Free – New York Times”





A children’s laptop, equipped with a camera and wireless communication ability.

William B. Plowman/Associated Press

Nicholas Negroponte, head of M.I.T. Media Lab, said orders have been disappointing for a rugged laptop intended for third-world children.

Orders, however, are slow. “I have to some degree underestimated the difference between shaking the hand of a head of state and having a check written,” said Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of the nonprofit project. “And yes, it has been a disappointment.”

But Mr. Negroponte, the founding director of the M.I.T. Media Laboratory, views the problem as a temporary one in the long-term pursuit of using technology as a new channel of learning and self-expression for children worldwide.

And he is reaching out to the public to try to give the laptop campaign a boost. The marketing program, to be announced today, is called “Give 1 Get 1,” in which Americans and Canadians can buy two laptops for $399.

One of the machines will be given to a child in a developing nation, and the other one will be shipped to the purchaser by Christmas. The donated computer is a tax-deductible charitable contribution. The program will run for two weeks, with orders accepted from Nov. 12 to Nov. 26.


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OpenOffice 2.2.1

OpenOffice 2.2.1, a multi-platform office productivity suite is an open-source alternative to commercial suites. It includes a word processor, presentation software, and a drawing program. More than 65 languages are supported. This version is compatible with Windows 98 plus or Mac OS X 10.1 plus.

Download here.


Zotero – The Next-Generation Research Tool

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work — in the web browser itself.

FEATURESAutomatic capture of citation information from web pages

Storage of PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages

Flexible notetaking with autosave

Fast, as-you-type search through your materials

Playlist-like library organization, including saved searches (smart collections) and tags

Platform for new forms of digital research that can be extended with other web tools and services

Runs right in your web browser

Formatted citation export (style list to grow rapidly)

Free and open source

Integration with Microsoft Word and OpenOffice


Citebite is an interesting new tool that can help you link directly to quotes on web site pages. Just paste the text you’re quoting into the dialog box, include the URL where the quote came from, and

voila! You’ll get a URL that takes you back to that page, with the quotedpassage highlighted in yellow.


The above is from Tom Mighell, whose Inter Alia is well worth adding to your favorites, bookmarks, or RSS feed.

E-Postcard Required From Small Tax-Exempts

Know any small tax-exempt organizations whose gross receipts are normally $25,000 or less? With the enactment of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, these small tax-exempt organizations will now be required to file electronically Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, with the IRS annually. Organizations that do not file the e-Postcard will lose their tax-exempt status as of the filing due date of the third year. Find out more on IRS.gov to help your small tax-exempt clients.

Strange Name-Great Blog!!



The Official Unofficial Blog of the New York State Bar Association Health Law Section has a unique name; but is chock full of health law-related posts and links–neat graphics, too.

Paul Gillan, who runs the NYSBA Health Law Section listserv, announces the kickoff of Supraspinatus, the “Official Unofficial Blog of the NYSBA Health Law Section”. The purpose of the blog is to provide a forum for the timely sharing and discussion of news and developments relative to New York health law practitioners. The blog will serve as a complement to the listserve and the Health Law Journal, which combined will provide a full panoply of reference and analysis resources to health law section members.

Click Here for Supraspinatus.

But What Would Prof. Kingsfield Say?

TeachingLaw.com -AspenLaw Studydesk Software Application

TeachingLaw.com Diana Donahoe

Description:Legal Research and Writing goes digital! TeachingLaw.com is an electronic legal research and writing coursebook that provides professors and students with a more interactive and collaborative learning environment. Now students can read, research, and write simultaneously and digest material more thoroughly and efficiently. TeachingLaw.com integrates all course materials into one, convenient location and offers a hands-on approach to learning legal research and writing strategies, analysis, sources, documents, editing and citation.

Teachinglaw.com is designed to provide you with a textbook for your course that integrates legal research with legal writing. In addition, it provides a courseware package that allows you to access and edit pre-packaged writing and research assignments as well as upload your own assignments.

The price listed for the course is $102.00. One assumes that is the price per user; but this is unclear.