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The Longest Now

Footnotes to an Afghan image
Saturday July 09th 2011, 9:55 am
Filed under: chain-gang,international,Uncategorized,wikipedia

A few details about the photo in my recent post about using Wikipedia in Afghanistan:

  • They are reading Wikipedia online, not offline; you can see the sidebar.  Making use of the mesh network available from their compound.
  • There is a set of solar panels in the background, not quite visible, providing power for a mesh wifi node nearby.
  • The adult using the XO is facing into the sun, not away from it; and the screen is less readable in the shade than it would be in the direct sunlight.  This may be one of the first times he has used it.


If he is facing the sun, that’s of course in the benefit of the photographer. 🙂

Comment by Ziko 07.09.11 @ 2:20 pm

It has become more and more affordable to create homemade solar power system. Creating the home made solar panels that use deep cell storage batteries create the electrical power upon customer need and slow up the their personal reliance on the country’s power grid.

Comment by Ralph 07.10.11 @ 6:32 am

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