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daily link  Monday, July 28, 2003

Indian Railway Internet Cafes: "The Union Minister of Railways Shri Nitish Kumar inaugurated a Cyber Express Café at Platform 12 of New Delhi Station at a function here today. .. The Minister announced that RailTel would establish such cafes on all railway stations gradually to provide internet and other telecom connectivity to passengers, industries and market places as A category Internet Service Producer licensee. The Minister also announced that RailTel would introduce soon Internet facilities in one of the trains buoyed by its recent successful experiment, which would be extended to other trains later.  

This is the first of its kind on a railway platform. It is a next generation café with facilities for web browsing, e-mailing, gaming, Internet telephony, scanning, printing, photocopying, faxing and Video-Conferencing-all under one roof. The café has provision for 12 flat screen LCD based computer terminals, two IP phones and two video conferencing set ups.  The Café is fully air-conditioned and is powered by a broadband internet connectivity of 256 kbps. Browsing is based on pre-paid billing through pin billing coupons of three denominations of Rs. 15/- for 15 minutes, Rs. 20/- for 30 minutes and Rs. 30/- for 60 minutes. [RS46=$1]  The Internet Telephony can be used with the ease of a normal telephone call and is aided with the bill printing machine used in the normal PCOs.  This facility shall be open 24 hours to travelling public."

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Diverging Estimates of the Costs of Spam: Good summary of costs and counter-measures, including the costs of being falsely blacklisted (some companies have 'isp relations' staff), of having spammed executives demand action (20-30 hours wasted per request), of false positives (especially for ebay users, total cost estimated at $3b/yr).  10:55:16 AM  permalink  

GLOOLABS: "The HomePod is a digital stereo component that allows users to take advantage of their existing wireless network to beam MP3 files stored on their Macs or PCs to devices located anywhere in the house." MSRP $199. Release "summer" 2003.  12:16:41 AM  permalink  


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