I found out on Tuesday that I have two weeks to put together three days of technology training for the faculty at Feinstein. There should be no problem filling three days with important training and discussion. Since I want to demo some network applications before I really have time to put the network together (or before we get the computers) we're going to do the training at Fortes Elementary with their gear. I'm going to set up a Zope server, since that is a quick way to get a lot of different things working and it will give me a good test of the actual practicality of using Zope.
I spent most of the afternoon yesterday at AS220 working on figuring out the best way to install Zope on my iMac, since it looks like the best computer for me to commandeer at Feinstein for the moment is a blue G3. The project gave me an excuse to buy and install MacOS X. It cleanly installed on top of my existing OS 9 files & the online updating utility worked well (unlike the previous versions). I'll just say that I've never seen an OS that puts as heavy a load on a processor even when it is doing nothing.
Anyhow, there is something weird about the C compiler in OS X that I can't fathom, and I wasn't able to get Python to compile cleanly (the binaries generally don't support threads, which Zope needs). So I had to give up on that and switch to Debian PPC, which is a more familiar OS, if you can live with the weirdness of running it on Apple hardware. Not being able to eject cd's etc isn't such a problem if you are just running a server, and I finally got Zope running this morning.
That's my status...