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Jan. 27th, 2004

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This is the coolest solution for long-haul internetworking in rural areas that I've ever seen!

It is a digital pony express: five Motomen ride their routes five days a week, downloading and uploading e-mail. The system, developed by a Boston company, First Mile Solutions, uses a receiver box powered by the motorcycle's battery. The driver need only roll slowly past the school to download all the village's outgoing e-mail and deliver incoming e-mail. The school's computer system and antenna are powered by solar panels. Newly collected data is stored for the day in a computer strapped to the back of the motorcycle. At dusk, the motorcycles converge on the provincial capital, Ban Lung, where an advanced school is equipped with a satellite dish, allowing a bulk e-mail exchange with the outside world.

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From:queerfrosty
Date:January 28th, 2004 06:22 am (UTC)
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thats really cool. how do people think these things up?
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From:jasunshine
Date:January 28th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)
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That's awesome! So creative (and such an improvement over RFC 1149)!
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From:hfx_ben
Date:January 28th, 2004 04:07 pm (UTC)
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That is too freakin' wild ... I recall working on a similar design back when packet radio was starting ... but of course back then storage was prohibitively expensive.
Sweet.
BTW: throw a low-power VHF connection in there, and you're laughing (6meter band, for e.g.).
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From:marezcharz
Date:January 28th, 2004 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Fascinating, Captain.
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