all in the grains of sand. Silicone chips that are at the heart of
every "smart" electronic device have their origin in the
very sand that got into the eyes of the mightiest military machine in
the world, even as sandstorms and scorching sun gave tense moments to
the US military planners. What an irony! Technology and war have
been bed mates for long. We often forget that the Internet was actually
designed for the US military to protect lines of communication in case
of a nuclear attack on one or more major military centres.
gets more personal
of you with little interest in accessing high-resolution porn while
browsing the aisles of your local supermarket probably missed out on
this monthís launch of third-generation (3G) mobile-phone
technology. Its real significance will become apparent over the next
few years. Because what they will also deliver is a further evolution
in the way we flirt, date, conduct long-term relationships and, when
it all goes belly up, end them.
huts, Net and tribal prosperity
at the blue and white thatched huts nestling in a corner of vast rice
fields in this remote tribal area in central India, the last thing one
expects is a computer. The Kumharpara village and its surrounding
areas are savouring the fruits of success thanks to the skills of the
craftsmen, many of whom are computer-savvy and use the Internet to
stay in touch with their clients in the country and abroad.
CorDECT way to access Net
has changed the way we deliver and receive information and the way we
use it for business, entertainment, planning and living. But today,
the Internet access at homes and offices is based on the telephone
network. The Internet access today appears to be simple: just take a
telephone line, connect a modem and a computer and dial an Internet
Service Provider (ISP).
I was calling for air support but the network is down.
helps women voice their opinion
adversity into advantage is what a successful go-getting strategy is
all about. Not surprising then, that the Association of Women in
Development (AWID) conference 2002, held in Mexico, came up with the
suggestion that globalisation, which has so far been seen as working
against the interests of women, could be co-opted for promoting gender
next to being there
and talking to someone is the next best thing to being there. Thatís
the idea behind Webcams , and the idea may finally be evolving into
reality. Thatís what graduate student Samuel Austin discovered
recently. The Virginia-based environmental science student had been
using the Internet for months to communicate with his mother each day
using a standard instant messaging tool.
decide and buy
familiar with personal computer (PC) lingo but not confident enough to
shop for one. After all, buying a PC is a crucial long- term decision,
and whatís deemed current today can be obsolete tomorrow. Well,
perhaps not quite at the speed of lightning but quick enough. So what
do you do? You learn the doís and dontís in order to make a wiser
purchase. Here are five golden tips to help you get the best deal:
with colleagues via network
days memos, circulars, information and news do not have to be
circulated in print. Rather they just flash on the monitors. When
talks have been going on about transforming the IT industry into a
paperless commercial enterprise, we must learn to communicate in a
fast and effective manner too.
now a terascale supercomputing nation
has joined the select band of four countries that have developed
terascale super-computing system, with the inauguration of Param Padma,
the next-generation high-performance scalable supercomputing cluster.
It was built by the Centre to Develop the Advanced Computing (C-DAC).
who arrived too early, passes away
OSBORNE, whose successes and failures pioneering the first portable
computer became one of Silicon Valleyís great cautionary tales, died
at 64 after a long illness. Osborne, a British immigrant and long-time
resident of Berkeley, California, died in his sleep in Kodiakanal, a
village in southern India last week, his sister, Katya Douglas, told