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January 3, 2012

IT Infrastructure in the Third World

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When you think of a third world country, chances are you aren’t thinking of Internet access. You might be surprised to learn that many developing countries are working hard to provide Internet to their populations, often in surprising ways. The majority of these countries, particularly India and African countries, are also receiving a helping hand from the West, with Americans and Canadians helping to develop the technology required to access the Internet, even with a minimal infrastructure.

While only about 20% of people living in third world countries use the Internet (compared to 69% in the Western world), that figure varies greatly depending on the country. For example, India’s population features just 8% Internet users, while China has a whopping 36% of the population online. Brazil is pushing 40%, all according to TheEconomist. read more

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June 4, 2008

PC Live Launches Computer Troubleshooting Blog

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PC users know that the ‘blue screen of death’ can always be seconds away. To help alleviate a potential headache, services like PCLive exist. Starting at around $60, they’ll fix your computer remotely. And if they can’t, you don’t pay a cent.

Since we’re always searching for free ways to get out of jams, blogs are a good place to turn for PC troubleshooting help. For PC’s Sake is the latest such blog. Started by the aforementioned PCLive,the blog is designed to provide an interactive community that helps educate users on how to solve simple but nagging PC problems, and to share tips and tricks from both customers and the PCLive.com staff.

“PCs are subject to all kinds of issues,” said Robert O’Dell, CEO of SecurityCoverage, Inc., PCLive.com’s parent company. “Some, like viruses, spyware, pop-ups, etc. come from the outside. Others come from the inside – for example an incorrect setting that keeps a software application from running properly. Often when these issues occur, the first thought is ‘someone must have figured out how to solve this before.’ Our new blog is designed to draw upon the collective knowledge of PC users all over the world, creating a central location where users can find simple answers to their questions, and share their knowledge of a particular issue with others.”

Kicking off the blog is Dan Gookin, author of the PCs for Dummies book series. Look for other well-known writers in the future.

Killing viruses, spyware and pop-ups is always satisfying, especially when you can figure out how you can do it on your own.

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