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Friday, September 17, 2004
: "What are the best practices for creating copies of my Windows 2000 virtual machines?" 11:37:05 PM
Magic Bike :: Wireless Access Bike
: Fun combination of 'art' and tech: "magicbike is a mobile WiFi (wireless Internet) hotspot that gives free Internet connectivity wherever its ridden or parked. By turning a common bicycle into a wireless hotspot, Magicbike explores new delivery and use strategies for wireless networks and modern-day urbanites. Wireless bicycles disappear into the urban fabric and bring Internet to yet unserved spaces and communities. Mixing public art with techno-activism, Magicbikes are perfect for setting up adhoc Internet connectivity for art and culture events, emergency access, public demonstrations, and communities on the struggling end of the digital-divide." 11:15:31 PM
3-part mini-tutorial on extending Groove. "In part one
I showed a Windows application using Groove Web Services
to talk (in a very minimal way) to Groove's collaborative workspace services. Note that this is how Groove File Sharing works too: in that case, yes, GFS is a shell extension which talks SOAP to the local Groove instance.." 11:10:29 PM
Indian state rolls out wireless broadband: "An Indian state has launched wireless broadband to provide connectivity in rural areas unreachable by traditional telephone lines or cellular phone services. The community Internet kiosks, named Akshaya, have been set up by the Kerala State IT Mission Department. More than 550 of the kiosks have been opened in the Mallapuram district, spread over 3,500 square kilometers. .. Five Wi-Fi hotspots have also been established around government offices and a tourist resort. "This is the world's biggest rural wireless network," H.S. Bedi, managing director of Tulip IT Services," an Indian IT services provider that developed the project.
The gear comes from the Canadian Wi-Lan: "its Versatile Intelligent Network Environment technology deployed in India is designed to "line of sight" limitations, using network nodes as repeaters and routers for other nodes that either do not have line-of-sight or are too distant to have direct connectivity to the Internet node. VINE networks can cost less than conventional cell-based networks, particularly when covering large, sparsely populated areas, the company said. WiLan is also setting up a statewide WLAN in another state, Gujarat."" 11:08:38 PM
Jon Udell says it:
This is exactly my motivation for this blog: "as I process my daily RSS inflow in Bloglines, it's very much in my own interest to put the few items of most value in a place where I can find them later. That I'm also putting them someplace where you
can find them, that you may be doing the same thing for me, that we may collectively move toward standardized use of shared topics as we iterate this process, that reputation-based filtering may then begin to operate on the emergent set of topics -- all this is goodness, and may ultimately matter, but my participation (and yours) does not
depend on these outcomes. Pure self-interest is a sufficient driver. "
Also like my authoring tool, Jon uses a "bookmarklet, so that selected text on the target page is used for the (optional) extended description of the routed item. This makes the items I route easier for me to scan. And for you too." At least twice a week, I search my blog to find collections of links for friends or colleagues. Cut and paste into an email, super quick. And the few that use news aggregators or bloglet for email delivery already get it as I write it. 11:03:51 PM
: "a $250 gizmo that does a whole bunch of things: a computer, a TV, a DVD player, a videophone -- a PCTVt. "I kept asking myself, What would the device have to do for someone on the other side of the digital divide, to be desirable?"wondered Raj Reddy, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. The answer, he decided, was a simple device that would offer entertainment. This November, Reddy hopes to begin installing the first 100 prototypes of the PCTVt in India and possibly several other countries. Reddy is hoping his project -- with backing from Microsoft and TriGem, the Korean computer maker, and in partnership with the Indian Institute of Science, the Indian Institute of Information Technology and researchers at the University of California, Berkeley -- can prove that it is possible to bring IT to impoverished communities without depending on philanthropy. Because his low-cost computer doubles as a TV and a DVD player, Reddy believes that he will be able to use it as a vehicle to take computing to populations that until now have been excluded. " 10:52:53 PM
Foreigners prefer Kerry: "If the world could vote, the global majority would overwhelmingly elect Democratic challenger John Kerry over incumbent George W. Bush in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. So say two recent polls that reveal the extent to which American foreign policy has galvanized international public opinion. .. Kerry was the clear choice for 30 of the 35 nations surveyed from regions around the world. According to a BBC report on the poll, “Only Filipino, Polish and Nigerian respondents clearly backed Mr. Bush.” ..
another survey taken by the German Marshall Fund that found 76 percent of Europeans disapprove of current U.S. foreign policy -- bad news for the 60 percent of Americans who favored strengthening ties across the Atlantic. .. " 10:15:05 PM