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    What tools does everyone work with?

    Fixed the edit issue, but edits can only be done within five minutes of posting to reduce trolling. I may extend this.
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    Working with high school!

    Hi Tam! Are you looking to do a class with Hackers In Education, ie bringing in police officers to lead discussions about online safety, etc? Thanks! Johnny
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    Hi Greg! I registered that but it's such a pain to keep on top of. I like that it's old school, but it's just not practical for every day use, especially on mobile. That's why we use Slack. Thanks Greg! Johnny
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    Technical requests for this forum

    Hi Greg! Thanks for the great post! 1) I think I have this nailed down. Can you confirm? I've sent you a PM. 2) In order to change your profile photo, simply click the icon one the existing profile picture in your settings. See the images below. You can also set up other things using HTML blocks by clicking "Edit Profile". Also see the images below. 3) Uploading files. I'm not following you when you say, "it requires you upload them to your profile, which cannot be done either, I get a permissions error." As a test user, I can change my profile photo, and a photo upload works fine. I can also upload photos (tested with "choose files" as well as drag and drop. Again, this is as a standard user, so I might need to see your error message. 4) I was also able to edit my post as a standard user. I tried this in several forums. Now, realize that the current setting allows you to edit your post up to 5 minutes after posting. I think the error indicates you tried after the five minute limit. If there's a reason to extend this, I am happy to do that but I think it helps reduce trolling. Deleting your content is currently turned off as this also helps reduce trolling. Thanks, Greg!
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    How to start?!?

    Hey, I reached out to Rob directly. I'll hope he gets back to you. What do you want to get involved with? Maybe we can point you in a direction! Johnny
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    Greetings! Glad you are here! I'm sorry for the delay in my response. Wow, what a crazy story! I'm glad you survived that accident! I'd love to get you doing some good! What kinds of projects would you like to be involved with? I'd love to try to find a way to help you reach your goals! Johnny
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    Job Skills Training Software

    If you're looking to build something for a training center, to provide job skill training, etc, here's a writeup I wrote recently: Your first stop is and RACHEL. It puts all this content in an offline package. Of VERY special interest is the AWESOME GCF Learn Free suite (preview), which has all kinds of computer, tech and job skills training. The RACHEL content is available (oddly enough vie FTP: anonymous/anonymous) as a USB or Pi version. I would avoid the RACHEL PLUS from their store as it have known battery issues, and can "cause fires". You’ll want to build the RACHEL Pi for sure. The actual instructions are here. This is the best way to get content delivered via wifi to multiple users without too much fuss. The down side is that the Raspberry Pi is small, can be pocketed, and can not be easily repaired in the field. But they are cheap, so bring lots and multiple copies of the SD card. Oh, and use the shutdown feature in the admin panel of the web interface to extend the life of the unit. I recommend Chromebooks as clients. They are inexpensive, the guest mode is awesome for training (hard to mess up), no viruses, simple to reflash if you have problems, modern web browser, etc. We also have had luck with the ~$200 HP Stream laptops. The 11” models are around $150. These are full-blown Windows 10 laptops, with small solid-state drives. They have tiny storage, but will run Windows, can be factory-flashed fairly easily (handy because training / public access computers get buggy quickly), and can run Office which the Chromebooks can’t (easily). Of course you’ll be susceptible to viruses, and may need to reflash these more often as a result, but they are not only good for viewing RACHEL's HTML-based content, they can run Windows and Office so the students can practice what they learned in GCF. If you can’t afford the MS Office, we have a tech soup account and you can buy licenses from us. If not, you can always go with Open Office, but I prefer to teach software that will be in actual work environments. If you want to go down another rabbit hole, you can play with the idea of a “loaded” Chromebook with USB RACHEL installed on an SD Card (optionally super gluing the card into read-only mode). You can browse the content from the SD card directly via the built-in “Files” app. Note that RACHEL USB is only available in a 32GB version which doesn’t not include the AWESOME GCF Learn Free suite but it can be downloaded as an additional 11GB module. I like this for demoing the RACHEL content, but prefer the Stream for long-term training solutions. I hope this is enough to get you started.
  8. Sent a slack invite. Thanks Jeremy!
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    T-Shirt designers

    Hey! I would like to see your sticker/shirt ideas. Do you have any? Johnny
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    How to start?!?

    Did you connect with Rob? I reached out to him as well.
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    Web Design and development

    Hi Greg! Thanks for the information! I've sent you a slack invitation so we can get to work on this!
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    Say hello to all

    Hi all! Hope you're doing well! Let me jump in. Sorry for the delay. I have been traveling quite a bit and doing some conferences so life has been a little hectic. @RICKY what are you doing in Jinja, Uganda? @Nighthider Thanks for the encouragement and welcome back! @Greg Madison Thanks for reaching out. It's been great speaking to you through email. I'm glad to have you on board helping out with some of our important website issues! @Manoa Thanks for dropping in all the way from Madagascar! What life like in your part of the world? @Edu.progra Thanks for stopping by! What can you tell me about your programs in Burundi? Thanks for dropping in everyone and welcome! Johnny
  13. Hola! Thanks! In short, we are looking for training resources that help folks learn tech skills specifically to help them get jobs. Free resources are best as we don't have a big budget. All of our instructors are in Uganda. If you're interested in connecting with them, I can bring them into this forum, unless there is a better way you'd like to connect. Thanks again! Johnny
  14. For years we have used RACHEL (see the current content here) on both Raspberry Pis and locally installed on SD cards in "Loaded" Chromebooks to teach tech training primarily to folks that are trying to learn job skills. In addition to the other great content on RACHEL, we found that the Goodwill Community Foundation training was a huge hit all over the world in terms of getting folks practical skills they need to land jobs of all sorts. We're currently using all of this in our Computer Training Center in Jinja Uganda, in several prisons across and at several recovery centers across the US. I'll note here that we are talking about "offline" training since: Most locations we deployed had poor internet service Folks in the connected world aren't always ready to offer internet service to free community training programs Some of our students aren't allowed online (prisons) or shouldn't be online (domestic abuse victims, etc). The folks at Cybrary and Pluralsight have offered to provide their training to us as well but at this point we haven't found an easy way to get that training offline in a format that makes sense. (See this thread about our attempts to modularize RACHEL content). But RACHEL aside (since the point is providing training, not necessarily about RACHEL), we are trying to find other resources that are helpful in providing job skills training. We welcome online resources but are most interested in seeing if we can get permission to provide that content offline, in an HTML format that requires no plugins and works with most modern web browsers. Bonus points if the provider has offline content already, but if they don't we'll need help converting it as well. Simple links to content are welcome, but we're most thankful for folks that can make contact with the provider and can help get the content into the HTML format listed above. We're also open to talking about our experiences and we are also looking at other hardware platforms since the RACHEL Plus units were abandoned because of explodey batteries. Thanks everyone!
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    Say hello to all

    Hey Ricky! Are you Ugandan, or an ex-pat? I lived in Jinja for about seven years. Beautiful. Glad you're here!