Thursday, September 01, 2005

Ndiyo! - Ndiyo System

The Ndiyo approach supports 'ultra-thin' clients for developing countries. However, I think that a second hand PC attached to a Soekris box, that provides Knoppix, BOOTP, NAT, DHCP, and NFS, is a much better solution. It is cheap, spare parts are easily available, and we can reuse stuff instead of building more...

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Cellphones Catapult Rural Africa to 21st Century - New York Times

Filled with practical examples of real-life usage of cellphones, this article shows what can be achieved even in dire circumstances with appropriate networking infrastructure.

Is WiBro the future?

With speeds up to 2.4 Mpbs on the road, The WiBro is amazing technology! If it has the same range as regular cell phone technology, this may marginalize WiFi, because WiFi lacks managability, security and identity management.

heise online - BenQ plans its first PDA Smartphone with the Siemens brand

With BenQ a computer manufacturer, entering the race, and competing with the likes of Motorola and Nokia, the complete merging of cell phones and PDAs seems to be a fait accompli.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Cell phone innovation stifled?

This article in the Wall Street Journal argues that the big cellphone carriers stifle innovation. I am not sure I agree... there has been so much innovation in this space in the last five years already! Things don't seem particularly stifled. Compare this, for example, with the situation with Operating Systems!

Worldwatch Institute

The Worldwatch Institute site is a good way to remind everyone of the real problems in the world today. The role of IT, and systems research in particular, ought to be, in some way, to build infrastructure that solves these problems, instead of making them worse. I firmly believe that the efficiencies introduced by the free flow of information are the only way for us to create sustainable economies.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Yet another smart wireless device, and cheap too

This is the Aeronix Zipit instant messenger appliance that costs USD 99. It has audio, so it may serve as a cheap Internet radio as well. What would be cool would be to make it VNC compatible, so that is could be used as a lightweight front end, but with the hacked framebuffer, this may not be easy.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

PalmOne LifeDrive

Well, here is the LifeDrive, essentially a disk with a screen and WIFI. This is what my students Kevin Regan and Tyrel Russell called the VmPod. Like IBM's SoulPad, what it needs is a VmWare image, use Tetherless Computing to update the image on the fly, and you're all set -- an 'almost always insync ipod'

Thursday, May 12, 2005

More about the Sony VAIO VGN-T350P

Here's more. Downsides (1) not available in Canada, yet (2) the monthly bill and (3) doesn't run Tiger or Linux :-(

Sony Notebook A Cingular Experience

Wow! This looks lsuper! As a recent convert to the mobile WAN experience (see my recent editorial), I think this is the next step to a tetherless world.