Fwd: [LINK] Making governance and education accessible to
remote indigenous communities via the web
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Tue Jul 24 14:42:05 EST 2007
At 09:58 AM 24/07/2007, Janet Hawtin wrote:
>On 7/23/07, Tom Worthington <Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au> wrote:
>This kind of model? http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/news.php?id=587
Yes, but that article ("Intel CEO brings World Ahead Program to
India") seemed to be about Intel showing India how to use low cost
PCs and networking. Having spent a few weeks in an Indian village
<http://www.tomw.net.au/travel/india.shtml>, I doubt that there is
anything Intel USA and Microsoft USA can tell India about how to do
low cost IT. In contrast, the head offices of those companies should
be asking their Indian branches for advice on what to do.
However, the basic approach outlined in the article is the right one:
* "Working with local tech companies ... low-cost ... desktop
PCs, with easy-to-use interface designed to introduce a new set of
people to the world of technology for the first time." But I am not
sure that PCs are a good choice for anyone any more. Laptops would be
better for standalone use and thin clients for multi user systems
would be better.
* "Intel and Microsoft will collaborate to engineer and deliver
flexible, pay-as-you-go PC purchasing models in emerging markets..."
Indian business people could probably teach Intel and Microsoft much
more about how to do flexible ways to do purchasing models. And of
course it does not make sense to be paying for software, when you can
use free open source.
* "Intel will work closely with Tata VSNL to bring Intel-based
PC solutions and WiMAX wireless broadband connectivity ...".
Tata were also marketing CDMA based wireless local loop services with
low broadband speed. This provides a lower capital cost option where
CDMA is already installed for mobile phone use.
* "Small, affordable and rugged learning devices for students
based on Intel's platform will be available in India next year. ..."
I am not sure what devices they are referring to, but if they are
$100 PC OLPC type devices, these would also be useful for home and
small business use.
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