Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Bringing Connectivity to Under-Served Communities

2003-12-03 Thread S Woodside
On Monday, December 1, 2003, Robert Miller wrote: Simon Woodside wrote: WorldSpace is a broadcast system. With a WorldSpace system you are only capable of receiving data, not sending it. I wish to disagree in that we are currently using WorldSpace very effectively as a global multicast

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Bringing Connectivity to Under-Served Communities

2003-12-01 Thread S Woodside
My main concern about WorldSpace is that it is billed as a communication system. Most electronic communication systems are two-way, they allow conversations. But WorldSpace is one-way. It is, in fact, a broadcasting system, not a communications system. Just as you would call TV a broadcast system.

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Bringing Connectivity to Under-Served Communities

2003-11-26 Thread S Woodside
WorldSpace is a broadcast system. With a WorldSpace system you are only capable of receiving data, not sending it. While I think WorldSpace is a great and wonderful thing, it's very dangerous if people thinking it's a substitute for the real thing which is an internet connection that allows

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Improving Access Via Mobile Telephony

2003-11-25 Thread S Woodside
The regulatory environment is very poor for Wi-Fi in developing countries. Please refer to the growing list of countries and their regulations here: http://openict.net/projects/openspectrum/ (choose ByCountry) The reality on the ground is that MOST developing countries do NOT have the proper

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] What's on the Horizon?

2003-11-19 Thread S Woodside
Time for peering into the crystal ball, I guess. First, three years is about the outer limit IMO for any kind of computer technology predictions. I tend to look at trends that are coming in the next year or two and that's quite challenging enough... This week we ask GKD members to consider the

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] How Much Bandwidth is Necessary?

2003-11-13 Thread S Woodside
On Wednesday, November 12, 2003, Pam McLean wrote: Ben Parker asked about experiences on solar powered VSAT I don't have time to give details now but can't let the question go by without brief reference to the Solo. It is designed for rural Africa. I saw the second generation prototype

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] How Much Bandwidth is Necessary?

2003-11-12 Thread S Woodside
On Monday, November 10, 2003, Ben Parker wrote: The other major challenge we face in two remote telecentres UNICEF supports in southern Sudan (at least two days from the nearest telephone) is the generators. These need lots of fuel and oil and are prone to breakdown. Regular desktops are much

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] How Much Bandwidth is Necessary?

2003-11-11 Thread S Woodside
On Friday, November 7, 2003, at 08:26 AM, Cornelio Hopmann wrote: Hence: if the alternative is to connect many (and through-out the country) by low-bandwidth or a few with megabyte links, go for the first. The latter will come -almost by itself- as technology costs fall and demand increases.

Re: [GKD] New Book Highlights Priorities for WSIS

2003-10-01 Thread S Woodside
Nice to see this list is back after the hiatus. I have heard that the Civil Society groups have been having trouble at the WSIS prepcoms. I do not see how a world information SOCIETY can be discussed without a full and adequate treatment of the concerns of the Civil Society representatives. simon

Re: [GKD] The Phones Keep Ringing in World's Poorest Country

2003-07-31 Thread S Woodside
Actually I think that Somalia's telecomm grew BECAUSE there is no national operator. You also see this ironic situation in DRC, where there are tremendous advances in telecomms despite a totally chaotic situation. The truth is the telecomm in this era needs competition to force down prices. I am

[GKD] ANN: Open Spectrum Mailing List

2003-06-28 Thread S Woodside
Open ICT dot net announces a new mailing list, [EMAIL PROTECTED] Open Spectrum is the frequencies that supports the use of Wi-Fi/802.11b, and other wireless internet access technology. Wi-Fi and other wireless data systems make a very good urban/rural internet access solution, as shown by

Re: [GKD] RFI: Computer Donations To The Third World

2003-06-25 Thread S Woodside
What about importing to small businesses instead? instead of donating the computers, provide them at cost to small business owners who can resell them and provide support services? simon On Monday, June 23, 2003, at 12:29 AM, Raju Dev Acharya wrote: I totally agree with Guido Sohne. In Nepal I

Re: [GKD] Can WAP Improve Access for Bad Connections?

2003-03-06 Thread S Woodside
On Monday, March 3, 2003, Dave Harcourt [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Most INTERNET sites are things of beauty with all sorts of flash, nice pictures, images, fonts and whatever that slow down access - one can of course set up ones browser to leave out all these nice things, but I wonder how often

Re: [GKD] Can WAP Improve Access for Bad Connections?

2003-03-04 Thread S Woodside
Simon -- My WAP experience was about 2 years ago. At that time it was a dead end technology because it just technically didn't work very well at all. The markup language is horrible, and the protocol is also horrible. XHTML: the idea was to have very small pages that wireless devices can handle.