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Internet access from Guyana

5/25/2005 12:33:00 AM, posted by anand

BBC news reports about this guy who is in the middle of nowhere (the nearest town is three hours away in the dry season, or about three days away in the wet), living in Guyana has full blown broadband internet access.

Now he wants to use Skype and talk to other Skype users around the world, except for one small problem. He hasnt figured out where to get the microphone and speakers

And using internet telephony program Skype, DeFreitas will soon be able to chat with other Skype users around the world - just as soon as he figures out where to get a microphone and speakers from.

Which highlights a major problem for the adventurer-nerd type. The internet brings a vast array of goods and services within reach, but how do you actually get your hands on them?

To use an internet telephony service to call regular telephone numbers, or to order most stuff online, you need to have a credit card. The trouble is that when you live in the jungle, you tend not to use - or even have - plastic. Which means if you live in Amazonia, you probably can't use Amazon.
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