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      Taiwan: Come for the tourism, stay for the free Wi-Fi

      Taiwan uses free widespread Wi-Fi at 4,400 hot spots to lure tourists. Visitors just need to open an account on the iTaiwan Wi-Fi network.

       June 12, 2013 2:27 PM PDT

      Taiwan is making it easy for foreign tourists to stay connected.

      The government recently announced that international travelers to the country will be able to access free Wi-Fi at 4,400 hot spots at indoor public spaces throughout the country. By showing a passport, tourists can open an account on the 1Mbps iTaiwan Wi-Fi network that's found at major tourist spots, transportation hubs, cultural establishments, and government offices, covering much of the island nation.

      "The Taiwan Tourism Bureau and the Research, Development, and Evaluation Commission are working to provide the utmost convenience for foreign visitors and eliminate any communications problems they may encounter," the Taiwan Tourism Bureau said in a statement. "This new service will considerably brighten Taiwan's already shining image for quality travel services."

      The iTaiwan program isn't new. The government started it in 2011, with free Wi-Fi in 3,000 indoor public areas throughout the country. But until now it was only available for citizens.

      Last year, the number of foreign tourists visiting Taiwan grew by 20 percent, with a record 7.3 million who helped the tourism industry generate $11 billion.

      This story originally appeared on SmartPlanet.


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      From: Robert Ho <robert.ic019@...>
      Date: 2 April 2013 11:10
      Subject: Idea: Ubiquitous PCs and Ubiquitous Internet -- Silicon Valley city offers free Wi-Fi via smart meters

      Silicon Valley city offers free Wi-Fi via smart meters

      Santa Clara is the first U.S. city to take high-tech advantage of the conversion from electric meters to smart meters to give free outdoor Wi-Fi to all of its residents.

      Dara Kerr
       March 27, 2013 8:07 PM PDT

      Leave it to a city in Silicon Valley to become the first in the U.S. to use smart meters to bring all of its residents free outdoor Wi-Fi.

      Santa Clara, Calif., debuted its new service this week after installing nearly 600 transmitters throughout the city, according to the Mercury News. The name of the network is "SVPMeterConnectWifi."

      "We are the first utility in the nation to offer free Wi-Fi as part of the smart meter rollout," manager with Silicon Valley Power Larry Owens, the community's utility provider, told the Mercury News. "It's been up less than a week and we're seeing 3,000 users a day."

      While much of the U.S. is converting from electric meters to smart meters, Santa Clara has been doing something slightly different along the way. The smart meters it's been installing have a separate Wi-Fi channel in addition to the usual capability of sending household electricity and water usage reports.

      According to the Mercury News, it has cost the city very little to include the Wi-Fi addition. The service is unencrypted, which means it's not as secure as a private paid-for home service.

      Free Wi-Fi has been increasing in the U.S. over the past few years. Google blanketed the town of Mountain View, where its headquarters are located, with free Wi-Fi years ago. And, more recently, dozens of companies have begun offering free hotspots in major cities like New York and San Francisco. However, Santa Clara is the first city, rather than company, to offer its residents the service citywide.



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      From: Robert HO <robert.ic019@...>
      Date: 3 August 2012 12:05
      Subject: Idea: Ubiquitous PCs and Ubiquitous Internet AD SERVER potential profits

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      Date: 25 July 2012 09:57

      Subject: Idea: Ubiquitous PCs and Ubiquitous Internet AD SERVER Idea

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      Subject: Idea: Ubiquitous PCs and Ubiquitous Internet to level Digital Divide and Bind Societies Closer

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      From: Robert HO <robert.ic019@...>
      Date: 21 July 2012 13:46

      Subject: Idea: Ubiquitous PCs and Ubiquitous Internet through powerlines

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      From: Robert HO <robert.ic019@...>
      Date: 20 July 2012 21:11

      Subject: Idea: Ubiquitous internet through powerlines

      RH:
      1.  The IT industry moves so fast that sometimes, ideas and inventions that could work and make profits are not even thought of due to the speed with which the industry moves, thus passing them over without a glance or thought.  So, it would be good for all involved to once in a while, Take Stock and look back over recent developments and see if good ideas and inventions have been missed, or valuable insights lost due to the headlong rush.

      2.  I have of late been proselytising the All In One touchscreen pc, like the 21.5" Acer I bought my mother in law for just S$749.  It is a TV set [for online videos and 'live' online TV broadcasts] as well as a game machine.  It can also be a productivity machine as well as a communication machine.  To sum up, a large-screen computer like this can be:

      a.  a 21.5" TV, screening online movies, videos, radio stations, tv stations

      b.  a game machine offering installed and online games that stretch the whole spectrum from educational to fun games

      c.  a communication machine to do video or voice chats online or even to call regular landline or cell phones from your app like gmail [small fee required, free for pc to pc internet communications]

      d.  email, which is like having your own post office or postal system

      e.  business machine in which you publicise your products and services and make it so easy for customers and potential customers to find you and read what you offer

      f.  small trader in which you can use a service like eBay to buy and sell

      g.  a learning machine where you can learn to do almost anything from treating a bee sting to making a wooden stool using carpentry tools or how to prove Pythagoras' Theorem

      h.  news machine with the latest breaking news every time you access a news website

      i.  language translator in which you can translate 64 languages [Google Translate] in text form and probably soon, by voice

      j.  a social platform that allows you to make and stay in touch with friends, and family, or even enemies

      k.  a productivity machine with which you can write a book, edit it, turn it into an ebook, and even sell it online

      l.  an app platform in which you can write an app and sell it and perhaps equal the profits and impact of Angry Birds

      m.  many forums, in which you can debate, rant or enlighten each other or express points of view

      n.  a medical advice source, with which you can research your symptoms and find cures or self-treatments, viewing texts, photos, illustrations and videos.  Or, if you have to see a doctor, read and watch much, much, more about your condition and prescribed treatments than any doctor has the time or knowledge to advise you

      o.  an unbelievably rich source of knowledge and information on every conceivable subject.  Decades ago, an Amerikan defence agency wanted to know how easy or difficult it is for a reasonably qualified person to make a nuclear bomb from scratch.  So they picked an ordinary physicist and told him to self-research and produce the blueprints for a nuke and he took only months to do so.  Although that defence agency never told the physicist whether his blueprints would work, it is now, with the internet, even easier than then.  Not only can you make a nuke from scratch just by researching the internet, a reasonably intelligent person can probably pass a degree course just by learning his courses from the internet.  Perhaps soon, a university will carry out this experiment to see if a person can learn enough from the internet to pass a degree course.

      p.  many, many, more uses for a pc that I have not listed here or even thought of

      3.  Thus, it is already clear that a pc can be the centre of our lives.  From these, we can postulate that A PC CAN BE AND SOON WILL BE, THE CENTRE OF OUR LIVES.  With vast implications for govts and other bodies, not least of which is whether a pc with internet access is a BASIC HUMAN RIGHT, without which we are diminished as human beings.  To expand this point a little, since the pc is so central to all our lives, should not govts ensure that every household has a pc with internet access?  What if the pc is declared a basic human right and govts subsidise or give one free to every household?  And the UN declare it so as well?  

      4.  For one, if govts give one to every home, together with free internet access, then the savings from having to send snailmail letters to households -- these savings in paper letters alone -- should more than pay for the free pc with internet well before the expiry and scrapping of this free pc with internet.  Thus, govts, by giving every household a free pc with internet, thereby has a direct line of communication with every member of the household, so it will be cheap.  Not just by email, but by voice and video chat as well.  Thus, you can forego the landline phone and use the pc for voice and video chats.  And if advertising is allowed into this free home pc, then the ads will more than pay for the pc and even make a profit, since pcs are dropping in price by the month and ordering in bulk will reduce the price by at least 30%.  If free Operating Systems like Linux and Android are used, then my price of S$749 will be halved.

      5.  And all govt to citizen communications can then be through this official channel.  This channel being then a 2-way channel, with which the govt channels news, information, decrees, alerts and warnings, etc, while the citizen feedbacks views, tipoffs and news or informations back to the govt.  As govts and countries become increasingly dysfunctional, this channel can make citizens and also the govt, better informed of events and each other.  All for the modest price of S$749 and a dozen or so dollars for mass and ubiquitous internet access.  The greatest threat to democracy or any other form of govt is ignorance and most people do not bother to read the newspapers or watch the tv news, so this official channel in every home will serve as the binding glue that holds govt and people together, and also binds people to people tighter into a community.  Thus, this cheap pc will serve the roles currently done poorly by the mass medias.  A citizenry informed of the issues of the day can only be good for the govt as well as the country.  Especially so since 21st Century issues are fast, complex and crucially needs to be understood by the citizenry so they and the govt can make better decisions.

      6.  Now for some practical or technical considerations.  For most countries, internet access is through wired phone lines or landlines.  However, this is costly to those areas currently without phone landlines, since wiring up communities is prohibitively costly.  So we need something more basic and ubiquitous, and that is the power line.  Even the most backward communities do have electricity even if they do not have phone landlines.  For the absolutely backward communities without even electricity, then they will not miss the internet because they have much more to worry about, such as their 3 meals a day, so I will not discuss them further.

      7.  PowerLine internet technology is fairly new but pretty stable and I am already using HomePlugs for some of the pcs and TVs in my flat.  However, I believe that there is a distance limitation to my home powerline internet access.  Meaning that the internet signals travel well enough within my home electrical wires but may not travel far enough outside my flat.  However, I believe that this has more to do with each household paying for its own internet access and thus the HomePlugs are designed to work only within the home wirings and not travel too far outside the home.  Meaning that a slight development work can, within just a few years, enable internet signals to travel much, much, further, throughout the block or community, maybe even from the power station all the way to the home.

      8.  Thus, when researchers accomplish this, we will have universal, ubiquitous internet access, since every power socket will not only produce electric current, but also internet access at the same time.  If there is a need to individually identify each household's internet access, then we can use the present cable tv set top box method, which is to insert an ID card [which has a unique chip] into the set top box before it can access the cable tv signals.  Thus, each household needs only a smart card like the cable tv box or eventually, just a PIN or password for its powerline internet access.  Thus, every power socket in the country will access the internet.  For those who need wifi, the present method can be used, which is to plug a HomePlug [S$89 for a pair] into the power socket to draw out the internet signals, then this HomePlug will connect via a lan wire, into a Router [my TP-Link wifi router costs just S$27] with 4 Out Ports so can connect to 4 lan-wired devices besides also connecting wirelessly by wifi.  Thus, internet will become part of the infrastructure much like roads or bridges.  It will come together with your electric current, so will be everywhere.  It will be paid for through the general taxes everybody pays, much like paying for any other infrastructure.

      9.  Govts will benefit most from this idea because many of the ills in societies are due to govts not understanding or even communicating with their people.  This is why LIEgime tries so hard to control all the medias in the country except the uncontrollable internet.  Even then, even with total control of all the medias, the LIEgime is not getting through to the people.  With a govt-subsidised or free pc, I would imagine that a few govt apps that cannot be uninstalled, will allow the govt to papagandise as usual, this time directly to the pc users.  This can be done with narrowcasting [opposite of broadcasting] in which different messages are targetted to different sections of the people, even to individual homes and persons, since emails, voice and video messages can be directed to even individuals.  Big Brother is now inside your house and talking to you every day.

      10.  It will also mean that teachers can communicate with their students as well as their parents.  So teachers can tutor just one or several weak students at a time without having to travel or meet.  Or hospitals with their stay at home patients or the elderly.  Even those elderly living alone will be in 24/7 video communication with others, especially care staffs.  It means hospitals can tailor information to their patients and tailor each message to the very individual.  Overall, communication within societies will be greatly improved, or rather, TRANSFORMED.  Due to the Inertia inherent in human beings, the telephone is still stubbornly the main means of communication as though the pc has never been invented.  Besides the Great Human Malaise of Inertia, there is, in this case, also the Network Effect [click].  With the telephone having  been invented long ago in 1876, its Network is now global, meaning that any new system such as our Home PC, will have to ADD to this Network rather than try to supplant it, which is extremely difficult.  With a pc in every home and powered on 24/7, the phone can be discarded.  Inventors may want to add features to make the pc on standby but wake when called by voice or video call.  Video chats will then be the norm.  Even the TV can soon be discarded.  All, replaced by the home pc.

      11.  Since internet access will be ubiquitous and available in every power socket, instantly, all malls and public places, etc, will provide wifi, through the simple homeplug and wifi router.  Thus, internet will be available everywhere.  Your cellphone then does not need a 3G data plan, just wifi capability.  You will still carry your cellphone, but no longer need data plans.  Telcos will need new business models but society will benefit because then, all cellphones will have internet and thus, unlimited free phone and video calls.  Telcos will then probably switch to streaming Korean dramas [joke, lah!].  It does not make sense to have parallel internet technologies like 3G and regular internet when regular internet is so much cheaper and more stable.  However, wifi cells will need to provide the same mobile connectivity so that when a person travels slowly or quickly [as in a car] through different wifi cells, he remains connected to his video or voice call.

      12.  You may want to rename this era of Ubiquitous internet as Unternet [pronounced oon-ternet] or Uternet [you-ternet].  Although this idea seems superficially simple, that of giving every household a pc, it is much, much, more than this.  For one, the current internet is PASSIVE.  Meaning that it is out there doing nothing until you ACTIVELY use a browser to connect to an internet website or video, etc.  This idea of a pc in the home changes this Passivity into Active mode because the Govt PUSHES communications directly to every individual and household, thus not Passive.  Even ads can be Pushed into this home pc, making it a more powerful advertising medium than passive ads in the newspapers, radio or tv.

      13.  And because ads can be Pushed into the home and individuals, this becomes a very, very, powerful and profitable medium.  Also, since the govt gives each household a pc, it thereby owns direct access to this pc, so can use it to Push messages and ads.  From cooking lessons to news to flood alerts to warnings of dengue fever cases in the neighbourhood.  All possible because of this Push factor.

      14.  Govts can also achieve desired social objectives with this home pc.  Many have warned and written about the Digital Divide, in which children [and also older people] growing up without a pc are greatly disadvantaged compared to those who grow up with pcs.  Thus, in one stroke, govts can level the playing field and make all [digitally] Equal.  This growing up with a touchscreen pc that acts like a telephone, videophone, even a tv for news and govt informations, not only makes everybody [digitally] Equal, but because of this Commonality or Common factor, contributes greatly to the Shared Experiences of society and thus binds the society tighter together.  This pc thus becomes a community building or nation building tool.  With so much possible and at stake, it cannot come soon enough.  Make haste to make this all happen.

      15.  Some timid govts will find this idea scary, as usual.  Fortunately, this idea does not depend on govts to materialise.  As I have written in paras 12 and 13 above, because this Home PC is a PUSH machine, and it can PUSH ads right into the home, even targetted not only to the household but even the individuals within the household, IT CAN FUNCTION AS AN AD SERVER, serving up ads 24/7, thus very profitable.  For example, the pc desktop Background can be, not just a pretty Bing Photo of the Day, but an AD that stays there for a day until replaced by the next ad the next day.  Similarly, the screensaver can be another ad.  Or, the Home PC, which is always on, can continuously screen video ads like tv commercials, when not in use, all the time, becoming a 24/7 ad machine or ad server.  It can also display a small ad within the web browser, which can be clicked on to see the full page ad.  This Always On Top [meaning not hidden behind the browser window] ad can be changed hourly, etc.  Advertisers will love all this.  Thus this Home PC will become the most powerful and preferred advertising medium, far surpassing tv, radio, even ordinary pcs that are not modified into this kind of Ad Server.

      16.  And the company or govt that controls this Ad Server system will make a huge fortune that can maybe even surpass all other forms of govt revenues from taxes, stamp duties and fees.  Google, for example, made revenues of US$37.9b in 2011, 96% of which came from advertising.  Mind you, most Google ads are cheap, simple, mostly short text ads.  Imagine if Google owns this Ad Server system that can serve up rich ads in full, glorious colour and moving videos like tv commercials.  Its revenues will jump a hundred times at least.  This Ad Server system will dominate all advertising.  This means that Google, a private company, can also sign up takers for this Ad Server free pc system.   At the SuperBowl half time, a 30sec tv ad costs some US$3.5m.  Web advertising reached US$8.4b for the first 3 months of 2012.  Thus, there are huge profits to be made with this idea.  Generally, advertisers will pay for

      i.  the NUMBER of eyeballs that will eye their ads [and my idea reaches far, far, more eyeballs than the SuperBowl -- in fact, ALL the households in a state or country]

      ii.  eyeballs with money to spend [the majority of households, since even the poor have to buy goods and services]

      iii.  how accurately eyeballs can be targetted to reach specific groups [in my idea, even INDIVIDUALS can be targetted almost perfectly accurately]

      Thus, my idea is the perfect advertising medium and will dominate all advertising.  It will give advertisers and marketers unprecedented accuracy and reach in their sales and promotion efforts.  Meaning whoever owns the majority of this new media will make tonnes of money.  However, since there is no law against giving a household a free pc with internet access, some [richer] households may end up with more than 1 free pc while poorer households may need a govt free pc.

      17.  For this, Google will likely develop a survey or form that takers will have to fill in accurately, probably with documentation proofs.  Such as household income, individuals' occupation and educational attainments, their profile, ownership of appliances and brands [to gauge their likely shopping interests], shopping habits, online shopping interests, etc, etc.  After such forms are received, the household then receive their free pc, pre-installed with some apps that can be updated but cannot be uninstalled [to force owners to look at the ads].  Google's Chrome OS will be ideal for this usage, meaning that Google will lead the race to put Ad Servers into every home, since Chrome OS will need only slight modifications.  A Chrome OS pc is ideal because it hardly does anything offline and is mostly usable only when online connected to the internet.  This means that Google can control 100% what appears on the screen and can thus bombard ads in any corner, at will, at any time, or all the time.  Advertisers will love this and pay much for it, since this satisfies all the 3 conditions in para 16 i, ii, and iii.

      18.  However, like all profit-minded companies, Google will likely target only high income households and leave out poor households, who, social equity speaking, need the free pc the most.  So here, after Google has proven that this concept works, the govt can then step in to give free pcs to the poor while Google gives free pcs to those with the income to buy things and hence will be attractive to advertisers to direct their ads at.  Thus a Private-Public Partnership.  Internet access will be directly paid for by Google or, in the case of the poor households, by the govt.  This internet access will be for the most basic mbps but richer households can always buy faster, bigger bandwidth internet plans by topping up the basic plan fee.  If this idea works as well as I expect, some companies may even PAY the users a monthly or annual fee in addition to the free pc and internet, since it will be hugely profitable and many companies will want to get into this Ad Server business, because it will dominate over the current advertising medias.

      19.  Thus, this Ad Server idea can be implemented right away, without needing the Ubiquitous Internet from powerline idea, which is a separate idea needing govt implementation, since it is infrastructural and needs modifying the current powerline technologies, so will take a few years.  Once Google proves this concept is profitable, the idea will catch on everywhere and transform societies.  Like all good ideas.


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      >>>>>>>>>>  TO HELP ME, COMPLETE THESE STATEMENTS, THANKS:  http://roberthorequestforstatements.blogspot.com/

      My wife, an accountant, then a manager in an MNC drawing a 5-figure salary before she retired, can confirm that I write the Truth in all these.  <<<<<<<<<<

      RH:   LKY LHL WKS ELECTION RIGGINGS EMAILED TO ALMOST ENTIRE GOVT:
      http://i-came-i-saw-i-solved-it.blogspot.com/2010/06/lky-lhl-wks-election-riggings-emailed.html

      ME ON VIDEO DESCRIBING lky lhl wks NUMEROUS ELECTION RIGGINGS + PoBoB and CCTV Ideas:
      http://i-came-i-saw-i-solved-it.blogspot.com/search/label/%22A%20Video%20RH%20on%20LKY%20LHL%20WKS%20cheating%20elections%20%2B%20PoBoB%20and%20CCTV%20Ideas%22

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQCab3QZbBk

      MY ACQUAINTANCE, MR DAVID DUCLOS, A FORMER POLICE INSPECTOR, AND HIS LAWYER FRIEND, EYEWITNESSED LEE KUAN YEW RIGGING THE 1997 CHENG SAN GRC ELECTION.  READ MORE AT MY BLOG ENTITLED "I CAME, I SAW, I SOLVED IT" : 

      b.  SWORN EXHIBIT IN SUPPORT OF AFFIDAVIT:

      c.  SOME LEGAL PRINCIPLES ON WHICH I GROUND MY CASE:

      d.  THE PATTERN OF CRIMINAL WRONGDOINGS THAT PROVES MY CASE;

      e.  3rd EMAIL TO UK PM FOR OBSTRUCTING, PERVERTING JUSTICE:

      "THE PRIMAL FEAR OF A SUPERIOR MIND"

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      >>>>>>>>>>  TO HELP ME, COMPLETE THESE STATEMENTS, THANKS:  http://roberthorequestforstatements.blogspot.com/

      My wife, an accountant, then a manager in an MNC drawing a 5-figure salary before she retired, can confirm that I write the Truth in all these.  <<<<<<<<<<

      RH:   LKY LHL WKS ELECTION RIGGINGS EMAILED TO ALMOST ENTIRE GOVT:
      http://i-came-i-saw-i-solved-it.blogspot.com/2010/06/lky-lhl-wks-election-riggings-emailed.html

      ME ON VIDEO DESCRIBING lky lhl wks NUMEROUS ELECTION RIGGINGS + PoBoB and CCTV Ideas:
      http://i-came-i-saw-i-solved-it.blogspot.com/search/label/%22A%20Video%20RH%20on%20LKY%20LHL%20WKS%20cheating%20elections%20%2B%20PoBoB%20and%20CCTV%20Ideas%22

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQCab3QZbBk

      MY ACQUAINTANCE, MR DAVID DUCLOS, A FORMER POLICE INSPECTOR, AND HIS LAWYER FRIEND, EYEWITNESSED LEE KUAN YEW RIGGING THE 1997 CHENG SAN GRC ELECTION.  READ MORE AT MY BLOG ENTITLED "I CAME, I SAW, I SOLVED IT" : 

      b.  SWORN EXHIBIT IN SUPPORT OF AFFIDAVIT:

      c.  SOME LEGAL PRINCIPLES ON WHICH I GROUND MY CASE:

      d.  THE PATTERN OF CRIMINAL WRONGDOINGS THAT PROVES MY CASE;

      e.  3rd EMAIL TO UK PM FOR OBSTRUCTING, PERVERTING JUSTICE:

      LEE Kuan Yew, LEE Hsien Loong, Tony TAN, HO Ching corruptions and theft of billions:

      "POWERFUL POLITICIANS WHO CANNOT CREATE, INVENT, SOLVE PROBLEMS AND CHANGE THE WORLD CAN ONLY TAKE SATISFACTION BLOCKING, DEGRADING, THOSE WHO CAN."
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