Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Software Freedom Day activity

The Guyana Linux Users Group (GLUG) held a successful, well-attended activity with numerous presentations including the new GuyanaWiki - see the GLUG site for details.
Another interesting presentation focused on Moodle at Kuru Kuru Co-operative College and mentioned other local sites using Moodle.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Traffic accidents reduced

I have been hearing radio reports for several months that accidents have been much reduced but now I have a source I can refer to in Stabroek News.
This is really good news and a real achievement by the police.
It would be really interesting to see data for the last ten years along with numbers of vehicles on the road.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

O3b low-cost bandwidth for developing countries

An intriguing announcement:
O3b Networks Ltd. today announced it will begin deployment of a new global communications infrastructure to provide high-speed, low-cost Internet connectivity to emerging markets in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

It would seem that there may the possibility for us to get bandwidth at a fraction of what we are paying today...

Monday, September 08, 2008

President Bharrat Jagdeo on BBC

See here where "President Jagdeo sets out his views on how to reduce the 18% of greenhouse gas emissions caused by tropical deforestation."

Monday, September 01, 2008

And now ... techfest?

Science and technology are really lagging here in Guyana. A boost is needed. How about an annual 'Techfest' or 'Scitechfest'? A getting together of interested persons to talk and learn about science and technology which is relevant or just plain exciting. Not too many lectures though. Plenty of demos, videos, hardware.

But who is going to push this? And fund it?

Carifesta - retrospective

Carifesta has undoubtedly been a success. The multitude of people involved in making it successful need to be congratulated. Quite an accomplishment for Guyana given the short timetable and other challenges.

Guyana will reap many benefits from what visitors have learnt about Guyana.

Lessons learnt - many I am sure, most of which I am not qualified to comment on. I do suggest that the next Carifesta be more forward looking, use the internet more and make more use of the interest youth have in such things as video, blogging, social networking etc. Of course by then the technology will have moved on ...