For many Americans, the idea of traveling to Hanoi brings a certain level of
mystique. Our media exposure to Hanoi has been primarily press corps
following politicians such as John McCain, or via the occasional human
interest story that pops through via an international cable channel such as
Current TV. But for most Americans our memories and images of Hanoi are from
the war, whether it is a photo of Jane Fonda gracing an anti-aircraft weapon,
or the prisoners of war being released from custody.
Or maybe Vietnam has simply fallen off the charts as an area of interest,
while the world focuses on other areas considered more important such as
Afghanistan and Iraq.
Citizen journalists may serve an important function in locations such as
Hanoi. With an estimated population of nearly 6.3 million, Hanoi is far from
a small town, and estimates are the city is growing at abo... (more)
Nobody can foresee events such as natural disasters. They happen, are often
tragic, and history records the event as a snapshot in time. Sometimes that
history is based on well-documented photos, videos, and personal
observations, and sometimes it is recorded as reality determined by persons
or governments with an agenda different than presenting empirical truth.
The government in Egypt recently tried disrupting communications by
temporarily stopping Internet and phone access, as well as attempting (in
some cases violently) to restrict or limit access to demonstrations by
The news started hitting California early Saturday morning with an SMS alarm
on my mobile phone – a major earthquake struck Chile, and there was a
potential of tsunami activity in California and Hawaii (as well as the rest
of the Pacific). First stop – CNN. The news source was right on the story,
with real time information flowing into the newsroom from, not on-scene
journalists, but through Twitter and Facebook updates.
Another SMS message hits the phone letting me know there was a Twitter list
at #hitsunami, and the discussion would include all the most current news
related to... (more)
Business travelers worldwide fight a constant battle of connectivity. Can I
call Home? Can I “Skype” with my family? Do I have adequate Internet
During recent business trips to Chisinau, Moldova, I have had the pleasure of
working in a country with excellent, if not superior, Internet access within
hotels, parks, Internet cafes, and really any other location within the
capital city you would like to “jack in” to the Internet.
As I watch my Slingbox connecting to Channel 2 Evening News in Los Angeles, I
am enjoying anywhere between 500Kbps and 900Kbps throughput, more t... (more)
We first met Ana Chirita while surveying ICT companies in Moldova for a
national cloud computing project. As Executive Director of the Moldovan
Association of Private ICT Companies, Ana provided introductions to local
companies, industry background, and aggressive follow-on support to our
project. As an advocate and evangelist for her community, Ana plays an
important role in developing Moldova’s ICT industry. You can listen to
the entire interview on audio here.
John Savageau: This morning we have Ms. Ana Chirita who is the Executive
Director of the Moldovan Association of P... (more)
Moldova has a lot of entrepreneurs. As you walk along the streets in
Chisinau, the capital city, you constantly pass signs advertising software
development companies, data centers, and computer sales. As citizens of a
“developing” country, young people know they need to work smarter,
harder, and more creatively to compete with not only each other, but also
others countries in Europe and the world.
Grigore Raileanu is one of those aggressive young people. And an
entrepreneur with a successful company named Remsys. In fact, you may not
even know Remsys is a Moldovan company, p... (more)