Ricardo noticed in your program "CawdNet in Kenya"
that you plan to work with Solo
computers. I read in this March 2006 article
that it is being organized by Ochuko Onoberhie of the Fantsuam Foundation
in Nigeria and the British company Explan are
partners and there is a prototype http://www.explan.co.uk/hardware/solo.shtml
I note that Pamela Mclean of CAWDNET http://www.cawd.net
is an active partner
of Fantsuam and she leads our Minciu Sodas laboratory's worknet Learning From
Each Other http://groups.yahoo.com/group/learningfromeachother/
I have recently started to organize the design and manufacture of a device
for reading and writing text files (such as emails) that are stored on USB
flash drives. http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?FlashDriveEditor
interested to speak with Explan if they might like to partner with us. We
need especially help in hardware design and assembly. I will be traveling
soon to Italy and making contacts there with "trashware" activists.
Do you or Pamela have any news about the Solo computer? Can you help us
contact Explan or others involved in this effort? Perhaps we might synergize
our efforts! In particular, I note that have purchased more flash drives (we
have a total of 40) and am finishing putting together our content (more
suggestions welcome) and we might also think about distributing them and
selling them in Africa.
+370 699 30003
I wondered whether you were aware of a low-power computer
project called the Solo, that the CawdNet Worknets group are working on. The
USB Flash Drive editor and the Solo projects might benefit from some
Part of their page at http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?CawdNet
The Solo Computer: - Solo, an ultra – low powered computer that takes 8.5w
of power, including the LCD screen, as compared to 300w-500w of mains
electricity required by many modern Pentium-powered systems. Moreover the
Solo computers can use a variety of power sources, and are not tied to solar
energy. ). It is designed for Africa, to be assembled in Africa. This Solo
project will facilitate implementation of those aspects of the policy that
will bring in new skills and open up marketing opportunities for rural-based
ICT enterprises in Africa. The Solo Project is a catalyst project that will
generate high technology investment employments in rural communities. The
Solo is designed so that its assembly, transfer of training, and maintenance
can be done locally.
I haven't contacted them myself yet, in case you already knew about it. It
doesn't say whether it's a development project of their own or a commercial
product. If you know about it already, could you fill me in please?