Trinidad & Tobago Government considering $45 US computer for all students?

According to a article In a Saturday December 17 2011 Trinidad Express newspaper article "Kamla considers laptop for every pupil"

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar said there is a $45 US computer and has asked educators to determine whether such computer would be suitable for the nation's schools.
"That means I can give every child, not just every form one a laptop. I'm not making that a promise, it depends if the computer has the capacity in the way that we want it to work for our schools," she said.  

The $45 US computer is likely to be the "Aakash" or Sky tablet launched by the India Government and the Datawind company in October 2011. 

Here's a video from Al Jazeera's Prerna Suri on the launch of the Aakash tablet:

According to Datawind's press release, the Aakash is a 7" resistive touch screen tablet at 800×400 resolution running Android OS v2.2 ("Froyo") with a 366Mhz CPU, 256 RAM, 2GB internal storage, expandable to 32GB via a microSD slot, 2 USB ports, 3.5mm audio in and audio out jacks, and includes WiFi (802.11 a/b/g) connectivity.

However, the commercial variant of the Aakash tablet called the Ubislate 7 is expected to be available in early 2012. There are reports that this features several upgrades such as a faster CPU, Android v2.3 and built-in GPRS connectivity.

Summary of TTCS meetings in 2011

Wednesday January 19 2011

Held at Pizza Hut, Valsayn

Wednesday March 2 2011

Topics discussed at Pizza Hut, Roxy:

Sunday March 27 2011 – open leadership positions in #ICANN

Held at ENCO, the focus of this meeting was to give an overview of the various leadership positions available at ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (See http://www.icann.org/en/about/ for background information about ICANN) presented by the ICANN’s Nominating Committee (NomCom) Associate Chair, Jacqueline Morris.

 

Thursday April 14 2011

At Pizza Hut, Roxy, we talked about :

Wednesday 27 April 2011 – Wii Whiteboard

Held at ENCO, we At this meeting, we will be attempting to update the Nintendo Wii Remote Interactive WhiteBoard setup that we demonstrated in 2008, but using two remotes instead of one.

 

Wednesday May 18 2011

At Pizza Hut, Valsayn, we talked about

 

Wednesday June 8, 2011 – AGM

See https://www.ttcs.tt/blog/general-meeting-and-election-of-trinidad-and/ and
https://www.ttcs.tt/blog/announcing-the-trinidad-and-tobago-computer-s/ on the outcomes.

Wednesday July 13 2011

Held at Joe’s Pizza, St. Augustine

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) will be having its pizza lime on Wednesday July 13 2011 at Joe’s Pizza, St. Augustine from 7 to 9pm.

Come join us as we discuss various computing and ICT topics including :

August 8-11 2011

Several TTCS members participated, including being a rapporteur and moderator for one of the sessions at the 4th regional Preparatory Latin American and Caribbean Internet Governance Forum

Wednesday September 14, 2011

At Joe’s Pizza, St. Augustine, we talked about:

Wednesday October 12, 2011

Held at Martin’s Piano Bar, Port of Spain, we talked about:

  • Apple’s Future without Jobs
  • Cheaper School Laptops
  • Broadband for all in T&T?

Wednesday November 9 2011

At Joe’s Pizza, St. Augustine, we talked about:

  • Discussion of latest ICANN meeting in Senegal in October
  • Teleios CodeJam and local ICT Education initiatives
  • The recent BlackBerry Outage
  • Free Internet / Wi-Fi

Saturday November 19 2011 – Tablet showcase

Held at Room 413, 3rd floor, Natural Sciences Building at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, we looked at the feature set of several tablets on hand

  • Apple iPad 2 ;
  • Apple iPad
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1”
  • Archos 7 Internet Media Tablet

Saturday December 10th, 2011

Held at Asian Buffet, Trincity Mall, we chatted about

  • Cell Phone Tracking
  • Customs Charges
  • Local Coding Competitions (OpenData, ImagineCup)
  • Device usage affecting In Flight Electronics

 

 

 

Rules for the TTCS discussion list

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has a discussion list where members where can discuss computer / phone / telecommunications related topics and other TTCS matters/activities. It’s a great way to find other people who are interested in the same kinds of technology topics as you are, and to find other viewpoints you may not have considered before.

Our discussion list is a two-way list (if one person sends mail to the list, everyone signed up to the list receives it).

You can sign up for our list by sending a request to: secretary at ttcsweb.org

The mailing list guidelines for the TTCS discussion list are as follows, as approved by the TTCS executive on December 10, 2011:

This mailing list is a place for the members of the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) to have respectful dialogue about ICT matters that are of interest to the community. We want this list to be a fun and relaxing place to discuss ICT related issues, to share and to learn.

To this end, we expect members to comply with the following rules:

Members must observe an acceptable level of decorum and should therefore:

  • refrain from personal attacks, insults or slander
  • refrain from offensive or discriminating language
  • refrain from making threats, including threats of legal action, on-list or off-list
  • refrain from excessive and repetitive posting

Inappropriate postings to the TTCS Members list include:

  • Unsolicited bulk e-mail
  • Excessive publicity for businesses or personal interests – you can include your blog, business info etc in a footer to your message, but messages advertising your business to the TTCS membership en masse are inappropriate
  • Discussion of subjects unrelated to the TTCS mission and objectives
  • Unprofessional or discourteous commentary, regardless of the general subject

In addition to the foregoing,  Admins may take action if:

  • we observe sequences of messages by one or more participants that cause the TTCS mailing list to become a hostile environment
  • Any other behaviour that the TTCS Executive deems counter to our stated objectives
  • Any member contacts the admins regarding any post they find offensive.

If you find any post to be objectionable, please contact [email protected], or [email protected], including a copy of the objectionable email and your reasons for objection.

 

TTCS Lime, Asian Buffet, Trincity, Saturday December 10th at 11.45am

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) will be having its next lime on Saturday December 10th, 2011 at Asian Buffet, Trincity Mall from 11:45am to 2.15pm.

Come join us as we discuss various computing and ICT topics including :

– Local Coding Competitions (OpenData, ImagineCup)
– Device usage affecting In Flight Electronics (https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!topic/ttcs-members/xduYxG05Crg)

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend. Lunch at Asian Buffet  costs $150 and their Buffet-style menu is available online at: http://www.theasianbuffet.com/

**Advance notice is required so please RSVP by responding to this Calendar Invitation or by sending email to [email protected] .**

Address:
The Asian Buffet
Trincity Mall
Level 2. Trincity

Detailed Directions:
Ideally, you should park in the South carpark of the mall and enter the South entrance. Take the escalator to go up to the 2nd floor and Asian Buffet should be on your left.

TTCS meeting on Saturday November 19 2011 at Room 413, Nat Sci Building UWI – Tablet showcase

Dear All,

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society will be having a meeting on Saturday November 19 2011 from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm at 

Room 413, 3rd floor, Natural Sciences Building at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine.
The Natural Sciences or Nat Sci Building is Building #61 on the UWI map

Come join us as we discover the many uses that you can get out of the:
  • Apple iPad 2 ;
  • Apple iPad
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1”
  • Archos 7 Internet Media Tablet
This meeting is FREE FREE FREE! Food is available for purchase at the UWI Food Court.

See you there!

How to join the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society

How to join the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society

Membership in the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is open to anyone interested in computers regardless of the level of their computer experience or the type of hardware or software they use.

We have regular meetings, mailing lists, podcasts, and our website and presence on Facebook and onTwitter . We also hold membership in several international organisations and advise on technology issues in Trinidad and Tobago and the region.

To join, please fill out our membership form