Simon Woodside wrote: > Not only that, but the high cost of a PC or a laptop needs to be > considered. A PC is expensive, whether it's connected to high-bandwidth > or low. So a substantial sum of the total ICT investment isn't going to > change no matter what the bandwidth plan might be.
I would beg to differ. There are existing real low cost options for PCs. Computer Aid is a non-profit organisation that supplies professionally refurbished high quality PCs for a fraction of the cost of a new machine. For any given bandwidth the difference in performance between a P2 and a P4 is imperceptible (or at least insignificant). We have supplied over 25,000 PCs to 80 different countries. We have 24 staff and expenditure of circa $750,000 per year and yet no member of staff in our offices has ever used any machine on their desk higher than a (refurbished) P1 or P2. The majority of the machines that we are currently shipping are P2s. It is possible to seriously reduce the total ICT investment without performance loss of any consequence. Kind regards Tony Roberts Chief Executive Computer Aid International 433 Holloway Road London, N7 6LJ. UK. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7281 0091 Email: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Website: www.computeraid.org Registered Charity no. 1069256 Registered Company no. 3442679 _____________________________________________ This message was sent to you using a quality Pentium PC fully refurbished by Computer Aid International. ------------ This DOT-COM Discussion is funded by the dot-ORG USAID Cooperative Agreement, and hosted by GKD. http://www.dot-com-alliance.org provides more information. To post a message, send it to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>. In the 1st line of the message type: subscribe gkd OR type: unsubscribe gkd For the GKD database, with past messages: http://www.GKDknowledge.org