Your article "A Bouquet of Connectivity
Services" in the May 2002 issue of Network Magazine made good reading. I am
particularly impressed with the coverage of the Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS)
services. Although you have mentioned HECL's DirecWay service as an example,
I wonder if there are other services through which we can get high-speed Internet
access by using a dish antenna (not VSAT). I have contacted HECL marketing people
regarding this but found that it is still beyond the affordable range of many
home users, since it is done through VSAT. I am interested in a set-up with
a dish antenna (not VSAT) since I feel that this would be much more financially
viable for an individual user. Therefore, kindly send me more details on this
at your earliest.
You must be referring to a Ku-Band Direct-to-home
satellite service. Service providers in India (like Hughes and Bharti) do offer
satellite-based Internet services. However, as you mentioned, these are primarily
for corporate users and are not economically viable (or not available) to individual
users. We know some end-users who are happy
with cable-based broadband Internet services. You need to check which service
provider offers such a service in your locality.
Your article titled 'Banking on Linux'
in the March 2003 issue of Network Magazine was very good. I seek additional
information on this subject. I am looking for material that deals with how Linux
and Open Source (or even FLOSS) technologies are being applied in the field
of Banking & Finance. I am also looking for material on the aspects that
stipulate the future of these technologies, the risks and advantages.
Project Engineer, Wipro Technologies
With reference to your queries, banks are
using a lot of Open Source for their non-core applications but not
yet for mission critical applications. The following links will give you more
information on the FLOSS technology and Linux in Banking.
- FLOSS website at www.flossdev.com.
Hope you find the information you are
looking for. If you still need more information on any other specific area do
revert to us.
Your articles on Power conditioning in
the May 2003 issue of Network Magazine were very good. I would like to inform
the persons you quoted and other readers that they can consult Professor A.
Ghosh of IIT Kanpur. He has recently published a book on that topic www.wkap.nl/
Keep up the good work.
Prof. M. A. Pai
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dear Professor M.A. Pai,
Thank you for appreciating the article.
I've featured your letter and the link to the book. I am sure our readers will