Vicram Crishna wrote: > Today, villager's messages are being delivered on paper to an Internet > Cafe and then transcribed into email for delivery worldwide by someone > who holds an email account.
This reminds me of my first encounter with the Internet in 1992 when I visited the Nicholas Copernicus University in Torun, Poland and saw students sitting at old IBM computers and transmitting messages to other universities. I had delivered a 'sophisticated' computer-based management learning center to the business school as a donation from Rotary clubs in California to teach business and entrepreneurship for the long-term purpose of creating jobs. I learned that I could far easier communicate with that university by sending a FAX from Pasadena to a professor at University of California - Berkeley who would re-type it and transmit it on the Internet to Poland. The reply would be returned to me by fax from Berkeley. It took another five years before I acquired the capability of e-mailing direct. And I live in the high-tech community of California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL)! With this GKD exchange of ideas on how to help the villager get his communication needs met, the time-line will soon compress to less than the five years it took me. And my current computer cost a small fraction of the one ten years ago. C. RAY CARLSON ------------ 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