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Chromebook Users of Rio Rancho

August 6, 2019 Leave a comment

I live in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and my kids attend the Rio Rancho Public Schools District.  One of the changes that have happened over the last couple of years in the district is the adoption of the Google Education infrastructure and the use of Chrombooks throughout all the schools.  I’ve seen investment in classrooms where teachers now have over 30 chromebooks to use for classroom instruction.

With these changes, what I have not seen is any general education for the students, siblings, or parents in the community (and surrounding tribal communities).  I decided to try and change that with the free resources available through the City of Rio Rancho.

I am a volunteer with the city and this enabled me to teach my Raspberry Pi classes in 2017 at the Loma Colorado Public Library.  This library has great resources … rooms, tables, chairs, laptops, monitors, keyboards, mice, and great internet bandwith!  So all I really needed to do was schedule and coordinate to get this new set of classes started.

One of the challenges in starting anything new is awareness, so I decided to use the Meetup.com to raise awareness.  The meetup group page is at:

https://www.meetup.com/Chromebook-Users-of-Rio-Rancho/

We had our first class/meetup on July 27, 2019 at the Loma Colorado Public Library Auditorium, I brought 12 Chromebooks for folks to use … we had 11 people attend, some hands on time, and many questions around the Chromebook and Google services.  I was excited about the attendance and am looking at holding this class once a month for now and maybe more frequent based on interest and demand.

I will be scheduling new meetups or classes via meetup.com so, keep an eye on this website for new events or check out to the library calendar.

– Dom

GnuCash Linux on Chromebook via Linux Beta Crostini

May 5, 2019 Leave a comment

I’ve been looking for some time for a solution to run the GnuCash free accounting software local on the Chromebook, now we have it.

This is not the android version of GnuCash via Google Play, this is a full install of GnuCash Linux running in a Linux Container on the Chromebook.

Here is how to install it.

Turn on the Linux (Beta) container for your Chromebook under the settings (you might need a more current Chromebook, I’m running Google Chrome OS version 73 on a Samsung Chromebook 3 XE501C13-K02US as of this writing).

Once the Linux (Beta) is installed and run (this will take some time), you will get a command prompt, this is containerized Linux.  From here you can use the apt-get command to install GnuCash from the default Debian repository.  Simply type:

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install gnucash

Once the gnucash install is finished (this will take some time too), you can run the GnuCash program by just typing the command “gnucash” (as indicated in the above image).

This will launch the GnuCash user interface and one can start creating a new GnuCash file or use an existing one.

A couple of notes:

  • The current version in the Debian repository is GnuCash version 2.6.15, the latest in the version 2.6.x series is 2.6.21, not sure if this will be updated anytime soon.
  • The current latest version of GnuCash is 3.5, so for simple accounting the 2.6.15 version may be suitable
  • The gnucash files are installed in their respective directories to run the program and any .gnucash data files can be saved in the linux container which is also available as a folder on the Chromebook after installing the Linux (Beta).
  • I’m looking into more if the current GnuCash 3.5 code can be manually installed in the linux container (it should), but will take time to understand it more and get it running.
  • A GnuCash Icon will be added as part of Linux App group on the Chromebook (see the image below).

So for the cost of a Chromebook one can now get into free double entry accounting software.

Enjoy!

– Dom

 

Winner winner NB3 plant based dinner!

April 25, 2019 Leave a comment

My son Kyle participated in the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation’s “Health Kids! Healthy Futures! Native American Youth App Contest”.  He teamed up with his friend Kaiya (who is homeschooled), to develop a mobile app idea targeted at Native Youth to help combat Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity.  Their mobile app design (previous blog post here) was selected for the final round and combined with a third applicant’s idea to incorporate exercise and meal information.  The three students then worked for another 6 weeks with a local software development company, 11 Online, to see their design become a reality and a minimum viable product (MVP) was created.  Kyle and Kaiya split the $1750 prize money with the third participant, a native high school student from Albuquerque.  Along with the award ceremony, we had a wonderful plant based dinner from ItalityNM.com from Jemez Pueblo, NM.

It was fun coaching Kyle and Kaiya through parts of the IBM Enterprise Design Thinking process to develop user desired outcomes to battle childhood Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity.  All the players worked hard to develop the Mobile App MVP … please take the time to look at the photo gallery below and small video showing the early modeling of the app.

Here is the Figma link that the video was made from (not sure how long this link will be good):

https://www.figma.com/file/Qz03jMJZHpwwMv2k8dE8uyYk/Trim-Tracker?node-id=0%3A1

Thanks again to the NB3 Foundation for creating a contest to challenge our native youth in the areas of design and software development!

– Dom

 

NB3F Mobile App Contest Submission

November 14, 2018 Comments off

So proud of my son Kyle and a fellow 8th grader Kaiya for spending more than 15 hours going through the IBM Design Thinking process to develop a mobile app design to compete in the Notah Begay III Foundation National Youth App Contest.  The goal of the contest was to get native youth (grades 8 to 12) to design a mobile app to combat obesity and type 2 diabetes among native american youth through exercise and diet.  One key to getting native youth hooked into mobile technology design and development is to show them the various tasks related to hardware and software design.  They had fun learning user centered design and creating content for the contest which was due on 10/31/2018.

Here are a couple images from their submission and a link to their NB3F mobile app design document.

Also I was very happy FatPipe Rio Rancho opened up in September 2018, this company provided a nice meeting space (in between all the sports and other student activities which forced us to meet in the evenings and weekends) to collaborate and get through the design process.  Thanks FatPipe Rio Rancho!

– Dom

FUSE Makerspace powered by CNM Ingenuity, Inc – Albuquerque, New Mexico

September 27, 2017 Leave a comment

I started on the board of directors for CNM Ingenuity, Inc back in February this year and this has been one of the most visible and impressive efforts of this organization so far (after the deep dive coding boot camp).  This new maker space allows anyone in the Albuquerque area access to tools and support to truely innovate and bring business ideas to life.  Check out the website!

https://fusemakerspace.org/

GnuCash 2.6.15 Accounting Software on the Raspberry Pi

August 27, 2017 5 comments

I updated one of my Raspberry Pis to the new Strech OS for the Raspberry Pi and was pleasantly surprised to see a update to a newer stable version of GnuCash 2.6.15.  A major update since the 2.6.4 version … Woo hoo!!!

Raspberry Pi Hands On Workshop number two complete at Rio Rancho Loma Colorado Public Library

March 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Saturday 3/18 was my second introduction to the Raspberry Pi Hands on Workshop at the Loma Colorado Public Library in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  

Another nearly full class to learn about with this capable computer can do.

Future hands on workshops for the following teach dates:

  • April 8, 2017
  • April 29, 2017
  • May 20, 2017

Don’t forget, if you want to sign up for a workshop, you need to use the Loma Colorado Calendar of Events page.

If you want to see all the Raspberry Pi related posts on my blog, click on this link …

https://dompruitt.com/raspberry-pi-rio-rancho-albuquerque-new-mexico/


– Dominic

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