Technology


Belize launches Caribbean’s latest Internet Exchange Point 1

Originally posted on Caricom The Belize Public Utilities Commission announced that Belize’s first Internet exchange point, named BIXP, was successfully launched in Belize City on April 27 at the campus of the University of Belize. The launch was the culmination of unprecedented collaboration between Belizean Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the highly competitive local telecommunication sector. The Belize Public Utilities Commission, the national regulator, facilitated the process, with support from regional and international agencies. An Internet exchange point is a piece of physical infrastructure through which ISPs exchange traffic between their networks. Many ISPs in the Caribbean pass the data […]


Belize was to get an Education Network but?

Back in 2011 there was some movement apparently made to get a Network setup that would improve the Education sector in Belize. Partnered with CKLN, the UB was to hold meetings and plan a road to get us “up to speed” in the technology area that is much-needed in Belize. That was early 2011, and we are now already at mid 2013.  As of today, no one has heard anything about this planned Network setup.  We have made several inquiries, all over and no one seems to know anything about it. What a shame that today, after Belize has incurred […]


Quality Education: English, Math, and Science! 4

By Gustavo A. Ramirez, Guidance Counselor / Education Consultant The recent 2013 PSE low proficiency scores bombshell has provided the local media in Belize with some hot news items for the country to follow for a few newscasts; it has also provided a few juicy and eye-catching headlines for online and hard copy local newspapers. Teachers are using this attention-grabbing bombshell to try to win the public to their side, and at the same time publicize their unfair working conditions, including salaries. Even the public finally seems interested in demanding a good Education for our children! Still, no one seems […]


Ready or Not, Here We Are! 4

By Gustavo A. Ramirez, Guidance Counselor / Education Consultant June is a month for Graduations, annual rites of passage and new beginnings for students in Belize and throughout the world. Young teenagers complete Primary/Elementary School (Standard 6) while older teenagers graduate from Secondary (High School), and adults graduate from Tertiary (Sixth Form or University).  Most of the students who graduate from Primary (Standard 6) typically will head straight into a High School or Technical School, if their families can afford to pay for it, while students who leave or graduate from High School will enter the workforce, the military, or […]


TECHNOLOGY TO THE RESCUE! 7

By Gustavo A. Ramirez, Guidance Counselor / Education Consultant Some people may consider it as pathetic, even disgusting perhaps, that today’s super-advanced mobile technology has surpassed and replaced everyday human interaction. Raging over the internet this month is a picture of Albert Einstein, with a caption next to his picture, “Has this day arrived?” The controversial saying that some people attribute to Einstein, although it has not been proven, is one wherein he predicts that technology would surpass humanity and eventually create a generation of idiots. The fact is that today’s advanced technology is no longer science fiction, as it […]


Be safe online

This is a quick walk-through on how to be safe when you are online. This is not a definitive list nor does it guarantee of safety; you are responsible for what you do online, where you browse and what you click on while you’re there. Keep in mind that everyone does things differently and have their own opinions on how to do things. If someone tells you different, it does not make them wrong or right nor does it make us right or wrong. Just keep in mind to use common sense when online; if you have to second guess […]


FBI plans social network map alert mash-up application

The FBI is seeking to develop an early-warning system based on material “scraped” from social networks. It says the application should provide information about possible domestic and global threats superimposed onto maps “using mash-up technology”. The bureau has asked contractors to suggest possible solutions including the estimated cost. Privacy campaigners say they are concerned that the move could have implications for free speech. The FBI’s Strategic Information and Operations Center (SOIC) posted its “Social Media Application” market research request onto the web on 19 January, and it was subsequently flagged up by New Scientist magazine. The document says: “Social media […]


Twitter refines technology to have ability to censor tweets in individual countries

We know this could be a good thing, but like every good thing; there is always the dark side to it and we tend to point those out. This is an awesome tool for Governments that want to manipulate people and do as they please. Government uses it’s power to determine what they think is right and wrong and what is best for you and as such can dictate what you read, listen to and see online. Think Censorship isn’t real or that it isn’t going to happen? Think again! Slowly they are brainwashing and molding our mental capacity to […]


RIM may allow remote admin for non-BlackBerrys

RIM is mulling the prospects of a management tool that would control devices and services beyond the BlackBerry, vice president Pete Devenyi said in an interview following a Boston business event. He hinted that the company’s remote administration might extend not just to other phones but to those not using BlackBerry services. Although not stating it by name, he hinted strongly to AllThingsD that it would be a reaction to companies like JPMorgan allowing Android and iPhone use for those who wanted to use something other than a BlackBerry, even if they had to pay for it themselves. “BlackBerry is […]


Bloom Box Energy Machine Unveiled

What is an Energy Server? Built with our patented solid oxide fuel cell technology, Bloom’s Energy Server™ is a new class of distributed power generator, producing clean, reliable, affordable electricity at the customer site. Fuel cells are devices that convert fuel into electricity through a clean electro-chemical process rather than dirty combustion. They are like batteries except that they always run. Our particular type of fuel cell technology is different than legacy “hydrogen” fuel cells in three main ways: Low cost materials – our cells use a common sand-like powder instead of precious metals like platinum or corrosive materials like […]


Sprint U300 Wireless

If you have one of these modems or are planning on getting one, you may want to read this page. The Sprint 3G/4G USB Modem U300, manufactured by Franklin Wireless (Franklin Wireless FW300DOWMX) is a sleek, easy-to-use data card which connects to a standard USB port. The device was priced at $149.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement, after a $50 mail-in-rebate. The Sprint Connection Manager recognizes and connects to the fastest connection available.