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  1. (Un)Wiring Laos

    brian on 2003.01.03
    at 02:44 am

    This is the incredible story of Lee Felsenstein one of the founders of the HomeBrew Computer Club, which basically led to The founding of Silicon Valley and such heavies as Apple Computer (Lee actually introduced Steve Wozniak to Steve Jobs). Anyhow, Lee has basically designed a rugged computer system, powered by Linux (localized into the Lao language) and a bicycle (seriously!), that would allow rural farming communities in Laos to communicate wirelessly (WiFi) with each other and the market where they sell their crop. Here's his story. Here's his story told by another. You see, he needs funding to get it put into place. He'd normally get the funding through grants, but they won't come through until during Laos' monsoon/typhoon season, greatly delaying their deployment. If you can donate, click here, and do so through the Jhai Foundation's site. And of course, spread the word!

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  2. I hate yearly reviews

    brian on 2003.01.02
    at 01:57 pm

    As much as anyone, I can't stand the recaps of the previous year when January rolls around. That said, I got a good laugh out of Dave Barry's 2002 year in review. Well worth the read.

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