More News” “Better search engines, classification tools and taxonomies have their place %u2014 particularly in large organizations that have been through mergers and reorganizations. But don’t let big investments become a Band-Aid for poor training and a lack of best practices.”

In other words: teach your people to do basic basic labeling and organizing, instead of spending big $$ on fancy tools.

Always-on

E M E R G I C . o r g: July 22, 2004 Archives: “Two years ago, it would have been hard to imagine that Indians would be buying cellphones at the rate of nearly 2 million a month. Similarly, today, it is hard to imagine a broadband India – but that is exactly what we are about to see. The next couple years will see Indian consumers and enterprises enveloped in ubiquitous, high-speed connectivity from multiple sources – wireless, DSL, cable and satellite. Complement this with WiFi-enabled laptops and smartphones, and the always-on world is at hand.”

Leapfrogging.

Just a thought (nothing statistically relevant) about internet technology dispersion and acceptance.

When I ask people here (Belgium) who don’t use the internet, it’s mostly older people, and mostly because they “can’t use the computer”. Non-use seems to be mostly by choice. One lady told me she’d rather spend her free time outside. Another told me her husband always does everything. They also seem to be having a hard time imagining exactly why they should learn this new technology. But none of them had real worries about being able to learn it if they had to.

I’ve always wondered why third world companies don’t sell more of their fantastic crafts (they have the manpower) to the first world over the internet. I’m sure the reasons are many and complex. Here’s a story of a company that actually does that.

A lot of stories about technology in rural areas often don’t have much to say except for how rural it all is, and how amazing that they now have access to technology x or y. Like this one about PC’s set up in a remote area, titled “These PCs came on elephant’s back”. Wired has one titled “Indian Villagers Pedal Wireless“, a bit more in depth. It’s the exotism (look at how different they are!) of many of these stories that annoys me sometimes – although I also enjoy some exotism, it shouldn’t be the only reason for the story. I’m more interested in figuring out how technology and social worlds interact.

By the way, this funny ad came was on the page:

rediff.com: Nyala ‘unaffected’ by Clinton visit

rediff.com: Nyala ‘unaffected’ by Clinton visit: “What about the IT revolution in the village, the computerised milk co-operative society of women and much-hyped internet-connected panchayat, a first in Rajasthan? “Our panchayat is yet to get a telephone connection and you ask about the internet,” says sarpanch Kalu Meena. The computer on which ‘tutored’ women members of the co-operative demonstrated their skill to President Clinton is lying unused.”