On Thu, 18 Feb 1999, Watermeyer, Henry wrote:
> Come on Graham. When one has had a near life experience I guess you
> start to feel poetic and things through new eyes.
My sentiments exactly.
> I am sure El joins me saying glad you're OK Jeff,
he actually had me really worried for a while. I was quite relieved
however when I realized that he was in fact still able to type.
> even if you didnt get to eat African lasagne this trip.
Which given the crcumstances is probably for the better :-)-O
Anyway, I have a few observations,
With regards to access to health care in Africa it is interesting that
there is a spectrum from poking in the wound (the Ugandan hospital) to
CT-Scan (Nairobi Hospital) to figure out if there is a metal fragment in
the wound, when the appropriate diagnostic would have been a plain X-Ray.
Secondly I seem to recall criticisms (by me?) of the Bushnet way.
Assistance with Cost Control? They have no incentive to do that, in fact
the have all incentives not to to.
In any case there is just no technical reason to charge messages via a
radio link by volume, as long as the infrastructure on both sides is paid
for and I do concede an base price for routine services such as regular
maintenance (yeah, yeah, sure, this is Africa, we don't do that here
The only reason to charge by volume is that USAID is paying for it
(1000$US per month, per site, imagine how many VSAT terminals you could
lease for that)
I understand that Ebonet, in Angola, does not charge by volume.
It is trivial to limit the sizes of mail messages transported over the
Sendmail has such a feature, postfix, which I am getting very partial to,
doesn't, to my knowledge, but I'll ask the author if he can put it in
Taylor UUCP has such a feature. And what about the batching and
gzipping/bzip2ing of the messages to double throughput, at least? It's
trivial to do with smail and sendmail though I haven't managed it with
With a little bit effort you can even put a filter between whichever MTA
you use and UUCP to weed out messages for human approval, or sneakernet.
Come to think about it, the issue of African Health Care and overseas
funding ties together. I seem to have been saying this for a while,
Anyway, I hope, Jeff that you get well soon,
PS: Next time, Duck! :-)-O