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Re: [school-discuss] This could work...

Ah, more toys :)

Solar-powered Wi-Fi. Now use CF boot cards for OS, Flash drives for data
and Wi-Fi for network...

On Tue, 2007-07-10 at 15:49 -0400, Daniel Howard wrote:
> Yes, the more I look at satellite ISP costs, the more I agree with Doug 
> that they just may be too expensive to be sustainable.  Rats.
> So, I'd like to really explore the cell phone modem potential, even if 
> not as reliable and only used a few times during the day.  It's been a 
> while since I used my cell phone as a modem, any thoughts about K12LTSP 
> compatibility?  I'll jump over to K12OSN group and post the same 
> question there.
> Daniel
> Justin wrote:
> > I like that initial link
> > (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4304375.stm) is because it's
> > looking at ways to maximize the limited connections and what is
> > available of the communications networks.  Regular internet
> > connections are nice, but maybe not necessary.  I'm thinking back to
> > FIDONet, where I used a reader and subscribed to discussions - would
> > connect for a few minutes and then could read the messages offline..
> > If a school had only 5 to 15 minutes of telephone service to connect
> > to the net and download with, it seems like browsing would be
> > inefficient...but maybe downloading a bunch of entire websites in one
> > sweep - like the first 10-15 that come up in search results.
> > 
> > It also seems safe to think that while progress will be made in
> > cellular and satellite, in 10 and 20 years there will still be many
> > areas that have very limited communications networks...even with a
> > couple big tech revolutions in the field.
> > 
> > 
> > Doug Loss wrote:
> > 
> > I hope some of these can jumpstart your idea, so you don't have to start
> > from scratch.  From what I saw in South Africa earlier this year,
> > electricity isn't the problem so much as robust communications networks.
> > The local telephone system isn't reliable enough for regular school
> > internet connection.  Cellular modems and routers are certainly
> > available, but when a school's *total* yearly operating budget is about
> > $12,000 US, there's basically no chance of affording the equipment and
> > operating cost of such a connection.  I'd think the cost of satellite
> > internet would be even higher.
> > 
> -- 
> Daniel Howard
> President and CEO
> Georgia Open Source Education Foundation
James P. Kinney III          
CEO & Director of Engineering 
Local Net Solutions,LLC        

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