Hi Dr. Lisse and all,
> >1. Specific elements of electronic communication, such as the polling
> > mentioned in one of the earlier reactions, and the non-graphic
> > version of web sites to accommodate less powerful PCs, should be
> > taken into consideration.
This isn't a problem only for Africa. I am here in a well-off exurb
of Paris and I want to put one or several PCs in the community center
with wireless connection to my system which is connected by 10Mb/s
Ethernet via the TV cable to a France Telecom site nearby. I would
intercept the signal at the Ethernet card or where it goes to the
browser and treat it to be sent on a COM1 serial port.
The question is what Web browser might there be that can operate
efficiently with little memory on a 386 or 486 CPU? I want to
use PCs that we throw together from discarded parts and are not
so valuable that the neighborhood hoods would steal them.
I'd think it not too difficult to design a basic browser with the
latest norms that operates under DOS to avoid the wasteful and slow
operation of Windows. I'd also think there'd be a good market for
this for those who want to set up an obsolete post for the kids to
connect to the main machine on a high-speed link.
> Not really, if you run the text mode or a textual browser such
> as lynx it works as good. *AND* it's not the PC it's the bandwidth
> that defines this.
Not Lynx, please. This has to be good on graphics, sound if possible.
> >4. A lot of emphasis should be put on low-orbit satellite communica-
> > tion and 'last-mile' connection problems in Africa
> Why Low-orbit? Not at all, if we want to bring Internet here we
> must get the regulatory framework sorted so we can use VSAT
> and the like.
Low-orbit birds have the advantage that
1. the laws of physics require them to pass over poor countries as
well as rich,
2. there will soon be a glut of them, and the operators will want
to get what little profit they can out of them while passing over
low-traffic areas. It's logical to offer here much lower rates,
3. Low-orbit requires less power and uses small omnidirectional
antennas, so bidirectional communication is more practical.
BTW, I'd expect some of you would be interested in Web sites that
offer the pinouts for various computer connectors and ICs. If so,
tell me and I'll prepare a list. Now what we need is a site that
offers schematic diagrams of popular equipment for field-repair.
Best wishes to all,
moderateur, Law-France ([log in to unmask])
http://www.jura.uni-sb.de/france/ Law-France et Journal Officiel