ET? What’s that?


QUEST Alliance executive director Aakash Sethi — writing on behalf of the America India Foundation, Education Development Center, Intel Education and QUEST Alliance — via ET Symposium <etsymposium@gmail.com> informs about a Symposium on Education & Technology in Schools…Converging for Innovation & Creativity. It is being organised by QUEST Alliance along with America India Foundation, Education Development Center, and Intel Education. Sethi says: “The symposium will be held from 20th to 22nd August, 2008 at the Atria Hotel, 1 Palace Road, Bangalore. It will bring together education and education technology practitioners, policy makers, scholars and experts, academicians and students for an … Continue reading ET? What’s that?

The 4000-rupee computer shows up in Goa


Rut Pinto Viegas Jesus (yellow, right), demos a model of the OLPC at Miramar. PANJIM, Jan 30: Goa, a small state with some early initiatives at taking computing to students and school, scored another early attempt when the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) computer was demoed here at a low-profile event. The One Laptop per Child association (OLPC) is a non-profit organization, created by faculty members of the MIT Media Lab, set up to oversee The Children’s Machine project and the construction of the XO-1 “$100 laptop”. This tiny and unusual computer was demoed at the monthly meeting of ILUG-Goa, … Continue reading The 4000-rupee computer shows up in Goa

BytesForAll.net … getting a new (cyber) home


Warren Noronha (no relative!) is telling me right now on Gmail chat about his updates on the BytesForAll site (actually, a major overhaul and shift-over). Take a look, and get a sneak preview: Bytes For All | Computing and the Internet for the Majority of the World Of course, it’s not yet formal. Or even offically ribbon-cut 🙂 Here’s a quote I quite liked: “The root of wealth or poverty lies in the ends we have inmind, not in the means to those ends. If the hand is ready then findingthe instrument of action should not be difficult” — Rabindranath … Continue reading BytesForAll.net … getting a new (cyber) home

New Year thoughts…


EFY, Electronics For You, the New Delhi-based group that publishes the Linux For You magazine too, had this small surprise for me. A 2007 desk calendar. What was interesting was the quotes it contained, some from people whom I don’t quite admire … or appreciate their role in changing the world in a certain direction. (Walt Disney, for instance). But whose words are inspiring in a way. So let me share the same with you: To talk well and eloquently is a very great art; but that an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop. — … Continue reading New Year thoughts…

The promise of … the ‘Bangalore Tiger’


While passing through Bangalore yesterday, I came across Bangalore Tiger: How Indian Tech UPstart Wipro is Rewriting the Rules of Global Competition by Steve Hamm. This is a 2007-dated Indian edition released by Tata McGraw-Hill and priced a rupee or five (can’t recall) below the Rs 300 mark. Am only at the beginning of the book. But Hamm seems to be trying hard to tell a tech story in an interesting with, with a human face. There are still a lot of details to contend with. Some reviews and links (including Amazon.com) to the book are here. On the back … Continue reading The promise of … the ‘Bangalore Tiger’