With respect to costs, it’s worth keeping in mind the opportunity cost of technology. For example, research by economists Ted Miguel, Michael Kremer, and others has conclusively shown the value of 50-cent deworming pills for education. The pills free children of parasites and eliminate one of the dominant reasons for student absenteeism in many developing countries. At a cost of only $ per student (over several years), countries with high incidences of parasites can effectively add the equivalent of an extra year of schooling. Similar results can be had from provision of midday meals, iron supplements, and teaching assistants, and all at a much lower cost than that of computing technology.
Andrew Glass is a program manager in the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft. He has worked on text input and font shaping (Uniscribe) since 2008. He holds . and . degrees from the University of Washington, Department of Asian Languages and Literature. He authored the Unicode proposals for complex Kharosthi and Brahmi scripts together with Stefan Baums and has contributed numerous other proposals to improve support for other complex scripts. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2008 he taught at the University of Washington, University of Leiden, and Bukkyo University in Japan.
Yes – the Telecoms (not Tandem) actually used the term “Cloud” in their marketing materials (in fairness, not “Cloud Computing”). They even all had PowerPoints (actually, they were probably overhead transparencies, as I recall)that showed your data center connected to a Cloud and your slave equipment (in this case, our ATMs) also connected to the same Cloud – yup – a picture of a Cloud and labeled “Cloud”. But they didn’t show anything inside the Cloud. That was the mystery,