There’s a challenge I would like to pose to telecommunication experts: how would you conquer the problem of slow, if not frequently absent, internet connection–inside the rooms of buildings surrounded by taller structures?
In short, how would you construct or create a machine that sends signals through whatever defenses natural or man-made, such as buildings fencing other buildings?
And I won’t consider the counsel of moving out to another signal-conducive place, for then this doesn’t allow the invention to take place. In short, I am interested in a machine that works its signals in–to where you are: in a room of a building surrounded by other buildings…
English: USSR stamp dedicated to Albert Einstein Русский: Почтовая марка СССР, посвящённая Альберту Эйнштейну (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For months now, I have wasted precious time sitting in front of my laptop to send articles over to the net—both for my students (to assist them in their lessons), and for the general reader or researcher (who may find something useful from the write-ups).
My router has mostly three blue eyes, two of them quite stable; but the middle one goes crazily blinking—dreaming of a universe without internet connection, and successfully getting it, mind you: the non-connection.
I know this small piece of sharing would elicit some fun—but I remembered that way back in 1988, I encouraged my engineering students then in Cebu City, Philippines, to go invent a book that they could read in the dark…and, thus, solve in part the problem of not being able to read anything during nagging power outages.
I was very slow to realize—only, in fact, last June 28, 2012— that my book-that-can-be-read-in-the-dark has at long last arrived in the form of Kindle e-book readers, among other things…after 20 plus years!
But my prayer is: it wouldn’t take that long for some telecommunication genius out there to solve the problem of a crazily blinking router that dreams of Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity, and, thus, forgets that I am still waiting and waiting, and my router not waking up to find how desperately I have remained world-wide-web incommunicado.