Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Frying the wires, freeing the waves

In Indonesia, using wajanbolic receivers, browsing the Internet and sending e-mail is as easy as frying an egg.

The wajanbolic antenna is the key to the system: it is composed of an actual wajan, or frying pan, wrapped in aluminium foil and connected to a short tube. Once placed on a rooftop, tree or other elevated point, the linked WiFi USB stick can be connected to one or more personal computers. Users do not have to pay individual Internet connection fees, but can share the costs with other users, keeping the costs per household to only several thousand rupiah per month.

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