Have noticed some very creative designs going up now on individual Banaban Voice pages. I must say that I am very impressed with the level of design flair some of our members have shown. Maybe we will have to run a competition to see who is voted the best one!
I have been working and designing on computers since my brother, Dan Bridges gave me my first computer back in 1990, his old XT model he assembled.
That was 19 years ago and makes me feel very old. It's so wonderful to see how much this technology has evolved since then and over that period I was able to make a living out of designing websites and building programmes to suite companies I worked for over the years. I also was able to set up the Banaban.com website back in those early days to help broadcast the Banaban story and history to the world.
During that period my brother donated the first computer that went to Rabi High School in 1995 and we both hoped back then that we would be able to share this medium with the Banaban students. Unfortunately the new computer we left at the school was not utilised fully and our hopes were dashed.
What is so exicting now is to see just how far our Banaban community has come in a VERY short time. For years I had to type up Ken's emails and messages for him and now since the introduction of Banaban Voice and Skype I can't get him off the computer. He has even bubuti my laptop as his own.
Also good to see the various age groups who are contributing to this website and other Banaban sites that are now operating. With the current rate the community is embracing this technology I hope that more and more of our families back on Rabi will be able to join us.
So I would like to encourage all Banaban Voice members to help your non-computer family members to learn this COCONET technology and maybe try and get them set up with a computer back home. While laptops are more expensive they are a much safer and more reliable option on Rabi where power surges and spikes from petrol generators can blow up a hard drive in the blink of an eye.
Maybe Biara can also investigate some good options with small solar panels to recharge comptuer batteries. I know the new solar system at the high school kindly donated by fellow BANABAN VOICE member - Rob Edwards has been a great success.
My own mum, Annie Bridges who many of you already know, is 84 years old and has her own laptop. She has been a bit slow to learn but know since seeing our Banaban family members talking to each other on Skype with live video streaming over a webcam, she now wants her own web camera so she can stay in touch with her Banaban family and friends overseas.
So really it just goes to show that this technology is for all ages and opens a new world of communication for all.
So happy COCONET web sufing...