At 20:27 +0100 11/9/97, Dieter Neuvians MD wrote:
>Sorry, I do not know where 'ncat.edu' is, but the address suggests
>somewhere in the U.S. Lots of people do not include detailed contact
>signatures with the messages, so it is hard to tell where the mes-
>sages are coming from. Is this a strategy or an oversight?
whois ncat.edu returns from [rs.internic.net]:
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCAT-DOM)
Greensboro, NC 27411
Domain Name: NCAT.EDU
>By definition, those who are part of the Diaspora are not in Africa
>(or, if they are in Africa, they are not in their "own" country).
>But many - dare I suggest MOST - of them are not living in Africa.
>Nor, having gotten used to real-time internet access, full-time elec-
>tricity, 24-hour, 50 channel cable tv, reliable telephone service,
>potable water out of taps in the home, academic stimulation, daily
>newspapers, a car or two, adequate education for their children, ac-
>cess to good health care, etc. - the trappings of the "developed"
>life - will they soon, eagerly, willingly, permanently return to
>their "home" (or whatever the PC term for the originating/native/
>source country is when "Diaspora" is used) country to deal or work
>with the rigors of reality/development.
Mengehestab Haile is one of the few who returned...
>Disciplines other than health - Jeff
>Cochrane speaks of interviewing people involved in agriculture - but
>he has posted his message on Afro-Nets - suggests to my health-
>oriented, but unscientific mind that Health-Net/Afro-Nets (since the
>message was posted there) may be leading the effort to get people
>connected to e-mail.
Healthnet, with its many deficiencies is one of the more successful
efforts. Most others have failed dismally.
>Can - as a sample - HealthNet tell us about traffic FROM its users?
>Maybe the gurus in Boston cannot track what goes on internally within
>countries. But, I will bet that with very few exceptions, this is
>minimal. Surely they should be able to tell us about numbers of mes-
>sages - a breakdown by list-related messages and "real" messages
>would be interesting - by country - that move from each through the
>Boston node - would be interesting. This could be a hint - what else
>could be measured? - of the interest/use of truly international con-
They use FIDO internally, I am not sure this can be measured in the first
place but their polling sites should be able to tell us who much they pump.
We do keep usually 2 months worth of log files and can generate reports
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