Tuesday was an intensive day of materials review, with participants in
the Johannesburg workshop, sponsored by IDRC and hosted by SANGONeT.
The discussions were quite intensive and very informative.
I was happy to have the opportunity to participate.
Just to provide a flavor of the event, debates raged over such
things as when and to what degree of detail should file attachments be
covered -- participants were nearly unanimous that this subject is
critical. Should mailing lists be covered? If not, then perhaps the
coverage of filing mail in folders is not as critical.
Participants felt strongly that the product would be improved with
more diagrams. One in particular of great importance would be a
diagram, or series of diagrams, of the physical structure of the
Internet. I and a person from SANGONeT were tasked with creating that
one. I was wondering if someone in this forum wouldn't mind lending a
I've designed a story board of nine diagrams, crudely sketched. The
first shows a simple connection. Then a generic local network. Then
an Ethernet LAN with the server in red. Then a dialup local network
with server in green that includes the local Telco. Then a wireless
local or medium area network with server in blue. Then a
representation of the world's "local" networks in all the colors.
Then the Internet with all the "local" networks connected by TCP/IP
Would someone like to take those and, after improving on the design,
draw them electronically in a form suitable for black/white or color,
overheads and/or Powerpoint and/or handouts? It would be a great
contribution to the trainer materials.
Or perhaps someone knows of an existing source for such a diagram we
You'll never guess what we had for lunch on Wednesday. It was
fabulous, vegetarian with layers of cheese and lentils, prepared by
our B&B host. Afterward we held our debates on the front lawn in the
bright sunshine, warm enough as long as there was no breeze. That
evening we all dined together at the Koala Blue restaurant in
Melville, Malay and Thai cuisine, served with superb South African
wine at an astounding $4 per bottle. Thursday we had boboti for
lunch, an Indian dish if I'm not mistaken. The influences of those
cultures are of course quite strong in South Africa, just as they are
in parts of the USA.
My flight to Botswana Thursday afternoon departed shortly before the
Cape Town and Miami flights, so I had an opportunity to watch many of
the American tourists assembling along with the other passengers, an
interesting cultural experience. The biltong was nice on the
hour-long SA Express commuter flight to Gaborone, and the immigration
and baggage handling at the airport at both ends were courteous and
efficient -- a record five minutes to clear customs at Gaborone. In
Botswana we're studying Southern Africa market integration issues --
linking trade associations and freight haulers, railway wagon
tracking, web sites for posting the regions customs requirements and
country of origin rules, etc.
Jeff @ Gaborone
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