Friday, September 30, 2005

MasyAllah .... Sub-$100 laptop design unveiled

This Sub-$100 laptop design unveiled is the kind of thing that should be expected from a mukminin and mukminat. Producing stuffs not for profit but for the benefit of humankind.

If only more of these kinds of people are around, the world would be a much better place to live.

Down with profiteers. Long live humanities.
Sub-$100 laptop design unveiled
Nicholas Negroponte, chairman and founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Labs, has been outlining designs for a sub-$100 PC.

The laptop will be tough and foldable in different ways, with a hand crank for when there is no power supply.

Professor Negroponte came up with the idea for a cheap computer for all after visiting a Cambodian village.

His non-profit One Laptop Per Child group plans to have up to 15 million machines in production within a year.

A prototype of the machine should be ready in November at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunisia.

Children in Brazil, China, Egypt, Thailand, and South Africa will be among the first to get the under-$100 (£57) computer, said Professor Negroponte at the Emerging Technologies conference at MIT.

The following year, Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney plans to start buying them for all 500,000 middle and high school pupils in the state.

Professor Negroponte predicts there could be 100 million to 150 million shipped every year by 2007.

Virtually indestructible

The laptops will be encased in rubber to make them more durable, and their AC adaptors will also act as carrying straps.

The Linux-based machines are expected to have a 500MHz processor, with flash memory instead of a hard drive which has more delicate moving parts.

They will have four USB ports, and will be able to connect to the net through wi-fi - wireless net technology - and will be able to share data easily.

It will also have a dual-mode display so that it can still be used in varying light conditions outside. It will be a colour display, but users will be able to switch easily to monochrome mode so that it can be viewed in bright sunlight, at four times normal resolution.

When Professor Negroponte saw the benefits of donated notebook PCs that Cambodian children could carry around with them, he immediately set about planning the sub-$100 machines.

The project has some big-name supporters on board, including Google, which is working on thin-client applications. Thin client computing means several machines can share programs when linked up to a central "brain", or server.

Making them so cheap would mean that developing nations would be able to afford to bulk-buy them, although Professor Negroponte thinks that even $100 remains too expensive for some.

He said he is committed to the idea that children all over the world should be equipped with technology so that they can tap into the educational and communications benefits of the net.

Power is a big issue for developing nations in particular when it comes to technology, which is why the hand crank will be fitted to supply extra juice when it is needed.

By using innovative technologies, such as electronic ink displays, the MIT team thinks it can reduce power consumption even further on the computers. Such displays require very little power to work.

There have been several projects to build and distribute cheap computers for developing nations in order to close the digital divide.

A sub-£100 box, called Nivo, has been developed by UK not-for-profit group, Ndiyo. It runs on open source software and works as a thin client.

The Simputer has also been developed for developing nations. It is a cheap handheld computer designed by Indian scientists.

The laptop for the world's children should be durable and self-reliantThe laptop will be more rugged and flexible than ordinary ones


Thursday, September 15, 2005

Disturbing comment from 'funny' Blogger...

I have got this latest comment from a blogger, tandyjackson35624478 who said... ' i thought your blog was cool and i think you may like this cool Website. now just Click Here' This chap, is it a bot?, has just been registered as a blogger in September 2005.

Is this a new form of spamming? Feedback? Anyone? Any advice?


Those guys at bloggers has included a word verification system now to stop these so-called annoying comments. Good for them!

Everyone trusted religions leader more than the politicians... Good trend...

I am not surprised reading BBC NEWS | Americas | Americans 'back church leaders'. The phenomena might not be widespread all over the world, yeah, only 19% globally. I guess the number should be highr in Malaysia if only Gallup were to conduct the poll here in Malaysia as well.

Well, I for one is definitely a religious leader and never a politician. But then, what about religious leader being a politicians? For them who continues with religion as the platform to politicise, yeah, I still support them, but those who politics with religion as a facade, well, you know, Hell beckons!
Americans 'back church leaders'
Forty percent of people in the US would like religious leaders to be given more power, a Gallup poll commissioned by the BBC World Service suggests.

In the US and Canada, 49% of people said they trusted religious leaders, compared to a global average of 19%.

This would seem to confirm the view of many that religion played a big role in President Bush's victory, analysts say.

The results for 14 Spanish-speaking Latin American states suggest there is little trust in politicians.

Sample size: US/ Canada 1,505
Lat America/Caribbean 8,718
Margin of error:
US/Canada +/-2.5%
Lat America/Carib +/- 1.1%
Source: BBC/Gallup International

Only 4% of Latin Americans questioned said they trusted politicians - compared to 13% of people globally - and just over one-third felt that elections in their country were free and fair.

BBC regional analyst James Painter says that with several presidential votes coming up in the region, it will make sober reading for politicians.

More than four out of five Latin Americans who took part in the poll said their family had had the most influence on decisions they had taken in their lives, one of the highest levels in the world.

Latin Americans also appear to be positive about their abilities to change their life - 65% of respondents said they believed there were things they could do to change their lives.

Similar levels were found in North America, where 84% of Canadian interviewees said they felt empowered to change the direction of their own lives.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Israk Mikraj - The significance for Muslims of these days?

Last nite my wife reminds me of tomorrow (i.e. today), being 27th of Rejab. It's Israk Mikraj (info@Wikipedia)!

THere was no mention about it on major media in Malaysia, not on today's Utusan Malaysia nor at Jakim's website. Jakim is Malaysia's Department of Islamic Development authority.

You can check this short piece, a very concise one, :) , on a Singaporean website.

So, what is it's significance for Muslims of the new millenium?

Commoners pays for US tyranny!

I personally believed that this is Allah swt.'s reply to remind the people that Allah is the Most Powerful being and not the Americans.

No doubt this calamity leaves a very bad taste to all of us, but then again, who could fight the Americans on behalf of the oppressed nations all over the world?

If only this kind of things happened to all baddies!

'Thousands dead' in New Orleans

Hurricane Katrina is thought to have killed hundreds, probably thousands of people in New Orleans, the city's mayor, Ray Nagin, has said.

Mr Nagin said there were significant numbers of corpses in the waters of the flood-stricken city, while many more people may be dead in their homes.

There would be a total evacuation of the city, he said, warning it could be months before residents could return.

President George W Bush said the area could take years to recover.

Cutting short a holiday in Texas to take charge of the federal recovery effort, Mr Bush said the government was dealing with one of the worst natural disasters in US history.

"This is going to be a difficult road, the challenges we face on the ground are unprecedented, but there's no doubt in my mind that we'll succeed," he said.

Mr Bush, whose Air Force One plane flew low over the affected area, was taken aback by the scale of the disaster.

Before the phones went, I was told [my family in Biloxi] had lost their roof, barn, 2 oak trees and many pines and they were letting in water
Natalie McVeigh
Oakley, England

"I can't tell you how devastating the sites were," he said.

With conditions still deteriorating, the government has declared a public health emergency along the whole of the Gulf coast, to speed up the delivery of food, water and fuel to the region.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said 1,700 truckloads of essential supplies were on their way there.

Medical shelters are being set up offering 10,000 beds, while the US military is providing dozens of rescue helicopters and boats.

The Pentagon has ordered 10,000 extra national guardsmen to Louisiana and Mississippi.

Disease problem

Mayor Nagin said he had no choice but to remove the 50,000 to 100,000 people left in the city when the hurricane struck.

"We have to. The city will not be functional for two to three months," he said.

He said dead bodies in the water would soon create a serious disease problem.

Survivors could be taken out at a rate of up to 15,000 a day.

Counting the dead remains a secondary priority until they are rescued, officials say.

In Mississippi, officials have warned the death toll is likely to climb above the current 110.

Harrison County bore the brunt of Hurricane Katrina as it slammed into Biloxi and Gulfport before heading inland.

Rising water

New Orleans has been plagued by looting, floods and increasingly desperate people, two days after the hurricane.

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About a million people evacuated from the area before the hurricane struck, but tens of thousands of others are trapped in the city.

The authorities are planning to evacuate up to 20,000 people from the city's Superdome stadium where sanitary conditions are said to be appalling.

Four people believed to be elderly or infirm died there overnight, according to reports.

Surges of flood water submerged more areas of the city after failed attempts to plug breaches in the barriers which are supposed to protect it.

The pumps which usually assist are no longer working because of the rising levels.

The BBC's Alastair Leithead in New Orleans says there is panic as vital supplies run out. Heavily armed police have been trying to impose a form of martial law to stem looting.

While some looters are stealing non-essential goods, others are simply trying to find food and water.

Survivors are being found all the time.

In Mississippi, two children who lost their parents were taken to safety. In New Orleans, people are still being winched from roofs.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2005/08/31 21:45:41 GMT