Yearly Archives: 2007

Support for PHP 4 Ends Dec 31, 2007

Announcement at
PHP 4 end of life announcement

Today it is exactly three years ago since PHP 5 has been released. In those three years it has seen many improvements over PHP 4. PHP 5 is fast, stable & production-ready and as PHP 6 is on the way, PHP 4 will be discontinued.

The PHP development team hereby announces that support for PHP 4

Categories: tools

ICT in Women Owned Businesses in the MENA Region

Information & Communication Technology (ICT) data from the survey of women business owners in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Responses based on interviews with 1,228 women business owners from five countries (Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, and UAE) between May-October, 2006.

Mobile phone usage for business:

Lebanon (93%), Jordan (91%), Bahrain (89%), Tunisia (85%) and the UAE (79%).

Multi-line business telephone usage:


Categories: africa, middle east, regions, research, stats

Morocco – Africa’s Broadband Leader in 2006

Morocco broadband statistics:

Morocco has the largest total number of broadband subscribers in Africa – nearly 400,000 ADSL subscribers at the end of 2006 (a number higher than South Africa, considered the continent’s ICT leader).
Morocco also offers the highest speed broadband package in Africa – 4 Mbps.
98% of all internet connections in Morocco are broadband.
Broadband connections grew by 58% between 2005-2006. Dial-up

Categories: africa, regions, research, stats

Hans Rosling & Trendalyzer at TED

Here is another fantastic presentation from TED. Dr. Hans Rosling takes us on a wild ride through – development statistics. TED is guaranteeing that you would have never seen data presented like this before. And I wholeheartedly agree. It even has a riveting finale. And, I am not kidding!

Watch the entire 19.01 minutes of the presentation to see for yourself.

In this presentation, Dr.

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Categories: africa, asia, regions, tools

Google Apps Nonprofit Edition

An announcement in the Google Blog:
Easier IT for nonprofits

Since we first launched it in August 2006, Google Apps has become one of our most flexible offerings. It’s helping to meet the needs of family domains, businesses of all sizes, Internet Service Providers and universities. Starting today, we’re extending the Education Edition of Google Apps to registered nonprofits.

We’re excited about this development not

Categories: tools

India Telecom Statistics for May 2007

Telecom subscriber statistics and numbers for May 2007:

6.57 million wireless subscribers added in May, compared to 6.11 million in April.
Total wireless subscribers: 177.79 million (GSM, CDMA, & WLL)
Wireline subscribers declined 0.28 million in May.
Total wireline subscribers: 40.26 million.
Total number of telephone subscribers: 218.05 million.
Teledensity at 19.26 in May. Compared to 18.74 in April.
Total broadband connections 2.46 million in

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Categories: asia, regions, research, stats

Broadband Penetration in OECD Countries

Broadband Statistics for 2006 from OECD Directorate for Science, Technology, and Industry:

Subscribers per 100 inhabitants:

Denmark – 31.9 subscribers.
Netherlands – 31.8 subscribers.
Iceland – 29.7 subscribers.

Total subscribers:

United States – 58 million subscribers.
Japan – 26 million subscribers.
Germany & Korea – 14 million subscribers each.

Broadband technologies:

DSL – 62%.
Cable Modem – 29%.
Fibre + LAN – 6%.


Categories: research, stats

New Frontier in Learning & Training: Games

I have just come back from the Games for Change Annual Festival. It was my very first. There were so many great panels from which I now have a ton of materials to check out and even more fodder for thought. I will dump all the links shortly so you can read, play, and generally have fun. But, before that, here is one snippet

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Categories: tools

Scrapblogging a Museum Visit

While in New York for the Games for Change conference (blog reports to come soon), I decided to check out the “Designing for the Other 90%” exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Took a few photos, noted down some thoughts, and decided to … scrapblog it.

Scrapblog is the newest blog kid around town, so like any self-respecting techie, I had to check it

Categories: tools

Invest in the People of Africa

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former (and the first woman) Finance Minister, speaks eloquently about the exciting new opportunities emerging in the African continent.

In this 20 minute presentation at the TED conference, she paints a picture of an Africa of improving governance, emerging democracies, reducing conflicts, and blossoming entrepreneurs. She also highlights the biggest barrier that local businesses face – the lack of capital to expand.

Categories: africa, regions
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    Krishi Janani: Ag Tech Network

    So…Appropriate IT is working on a new sustainable agriculture technology platform – Krishi Janani. We have been at it for a while now, launching a partially working prototype earlier this year. Before I go into the ‘Great Unknown’ parts of the story, a quick summary:

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    By Alexandra de Vogel, Assistant Trainer

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    AIDA Inauguration 5

    (Guest blog by Heather A. Moore)

    Usha recently invited me to share some words of advice with the inspiring young women that had recently graduated from the pilot program of AIDA, Appropriate IT’s Development Academy, and with those from the community. Having gathered some sage advice from a few wise and generous mentors throughout my career, as well as the hard earned wisdom that comes