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An old high school friend, Shane Belcourt is off making us all proud and opening his first feature film tonight at The Bytowne in Ottawa.  It runs through this weekend and the director and some cast members are going to be around for Q&A after the shows.  Below is some press the film is getting today:

Two lost souls touch in terrific Tkaronto
Native part came naturally

Métis mishmash: Tkaronto explores cultural, personal identity loss

Also, see the official Tkaronto site for more details.

Windows XP on OLPC laptop?

“Microsoft said it plans to conduct field trials in January of Windows XP running on the One Laptop Per Child XO laptop.The XO laptop ships with a Linux operating system and is meant to be a low-cost machine available to people who live in countries with developing economies. Earlier this year, Microsoft launched its Unlimited Potential program, which allows governments to buy a US$3 software bundle designed for students, a move that some observers said would compete with the OLPC initiative.

Looking beyond the OLPC to other small PCs that use flash storage, Microsoft said it plans to publish design guidelines early in 2008 to assist flash-based device makers in building machines that will support Windows.

After the limited field trials beginning in January, Windows XP for the XO could be available in the second half of 2008, Microsoft said.

Versions of the XO PC running Windows won’t be available in the U.S. or Canada, Microsoft said.”

Kottke: “From the past weekend’s box office: the Coen brothers’ No Country For Old Men took in $3.1 million on 148 screens while Tom Cruise’s bombtacular Lions for Lambs took in $2.9 million on 2216 screens. Ouch.”

I saw No Country For Old Men – it was fantastic!