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What ebooks do we want in Africa? for mobile phones and DVD players

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  • Andrius Kulikauskas
    Ricardo, Your work is great, and ultimately, very practical. I think our weak link so far is trying this out on-the-ground in Africa. I got paid for my final
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 20, 2009
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      Your work is great, and ultimately, very practical.

      I think our weak link so far is trying this out on-the-ground in
      Africa. I got paid for my final payment for the blog for the Includer.
      This means that I can look for clients through the end of the year. I
      can reserve a small amount for our own projects on the ground,
      especially with people like Fred Kayiwa who have been helping online at
      our help room and wikis, and likewise Josephat Ndibalema and William
      Wambura have been active at our wikis. After I finish my taxes I want
      to set up a point system to help make evident who has been active at our
      chat room, wiki, mailing lists, and likewise, who has been responding to
      others and helping with our tasks
      http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Tasks Everybody would earn points and
      then they could give their points to others (such as Fred) as they
      choose or agree and if Fred accumulates enough points then he would get
      paid work on projects. I hope to have this up in a couple of weeks, but
      it reflects what I'd like to do so that it's more clear how I'd like us
      to work together and how we'd like to support each other in our "economy
      of dreams".

      I encourage us all to think about a reading list of readings (and audio
      and movies) that we recommend for sharing (and translating or
      paraphrasing). Ricardo, here's a text to try to publish:

      Take a look at the Ecovilage Design Curriculum:
      especially what might be relevant in Africa?
      * Wikipedia articles, especially in sustainable agriculture
      * Kiswahili articles in Wikipedia http://sw.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mwanzo
      * Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani's website in Swahili
      * children's books
      * I like Ming's blog http://ming.tv and it is in the Public Domain
      * Factor E Farm videos, blogs, photos, Marcin has said that it's Public
      Domain http://openfarmtech.org/weblog/

      We need guidance especially from our participants in Africa!


      Andrius Kulikauskas
      Minciu Sodas
      +370 699 30003

      ricardoolpc wrote:
      > Dear Andrius and all
      > As well as converting small text eBook files to JPEGs on computers, i
      > think it would be more convenient if people could make use of any
      > phone in the area that can run Java program, to run a 'eBook to JPEG
      > pages' converter program and write the JPEGs to flash memory card. The
      > card can then be inserted into...
      > 1) A (still reasonably cheap) DVD Player with a card slot, or
      > 2) A USB Card Reader that makes it look like a flash drive, then into
      > a DVD Player with a USB socket.
      > The eBooks could be received in the first place by download from the
      > internet onto the phone, if it has GPRS, or received by mail as a
      > whole collection on memory card.
      > I've added a new section to our Worknets page...
      > "Converting eBooks to JPEGs on a Mobile Phone"
      > http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?OnlineTextConverter#ConvertingeBookstoJPEGsonaMobilePhone
      > The section has a picture (photo-montage) of the system I'm talking about.
      > Could you take a look sometime, Andrius, and let me know what you think?
      > Ricardo
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