- Written by Bob
In Euan Semples recent blog post he talked about the digital divide as it has been on the news of late. I was thinking about it and I don't think the issue is really rural vs city, infact I think cities are probably logically the places where the digital divide can be much more of a problem. Looking at the statistics I note that Glasgow has the worst broadband take-up in the country, is this because of relative education levels and poverty? In general in the UK rural communities are not poor like they are in other countries. A few weeks ago I was in Greece staying in a small village in the hills and by most economic measures I was in a poor village (however I have rarely seen a happier and more at-peace group of people), I don't think anyone there would have owned a computer. That is in contrast to the UK rural communities I have seen over the years, most farmers have computers and local schools are increasingly well connected. The real technology divide is about poverty, education and social excusion; frankly it has nothing even to do with the internet, it is about society in general. This connectivity issue is more of a measure of society than the other way around.
Also Euan posted about disinterest in traditional politics plus how traditional politics and activism is being replaced by new 'community' action. These communities need not be local but they are increasingly powerful. It is interesting to see the number of online campaigns that get significant results. I'm very apolitical because I've long felt that no politician can be trusted and even those with the best intentions can be side-lined/sabotaged by other peoples efforts. All this despite my fathers political efforts.
Trawling through the web while Angel does the ironing (it's a hard life) and I stumbled upon a fantastic animation done using FAA flight information here.
Watch the animations, they are well worth it! (click "Read more" to see the embedded video)
So, we've launched 'freesat' today. It seems to be going well, people are are trying to find the product and the product is starting to appear in shops. I hope it does well, the Humax Foxsat-HD is such a nice product and I am proud of our work on it. I keep getting asked when the Humax freesat PVR will be here, well that will have to wait until it is ready.