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emerging (?) markets

A good article on the problems emerging markets face. Having been in Argentina only a few days ago, and having seen the latest iteration of the destruction that is happening in the country, it seems to me that the international community isn't really owning up to its part of the problem.

The World Bank and the IMF are interested in getting their money back first, and then they might consider worrying about the effects they are having on the population (but it's not entirely their fault of course, there are many other factors, such as local history, corruption, etc). In particular, Argentina should have a deal in place before November 5, because if it doesn't, and it is forced to make some payments owned to the IMF and the World Bank at that point, it would have to deplete its hard currency reserves completely to do so.

Conversely, if it doesn't pay, then the World Bank would be "bankrupt" (!) since it would have to mark the whole of Argentina's debt unpayable, which would make its credit rating fall creating a domino effect on the rest of its debt. A bad outcome either way.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on October 2, 2002 at 7:51 PM

wardriving in dublin

An interesting Wi-Fi survey of Dublin that has been making the rounds of the tech-oriented community of the city.

On the topic, I am planning on doing a bit of "warwalking" (as I don't have a car) using a Compaq iPaq PocketPC with an 802.11 card. Should be interesting.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 2, 2002 at 7:44 PM

canada and immigration

An article on the latest attempt of the Canadian government to spur immigration.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on October 2, 2002 at 3:48 PM

blogging from afar... not

Yesterday I started writing Plan B again (related entry in no comment is here), and it made me think a bit about blogging, writing, technology and when it all simply becomes too much and should be ignored.

The main reason I couldn't write while traveling was a combination of time and space: not having enough time alone to concentrate, and not have a place to sit down quietly to do it (maybe those two are strongly related).

Technology was also a small factor even if I did have some "downtime" in which to write, I would have connection problems every now and then, for example.

Still, it's interesting to me that the main reason was not technological but personal, that is, I didn't allow blogging (or anything else for that matter) to interfere with being with family and friends.

24/7 email access, anywhere, anytime? Worldwide connectivity? Sure. But it felt good to back away from that for a while.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 2, 2002 at 3:45 PM

longer range wi-fi

From CNET: Wi-Fi stretches its boundaries.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 2, 2002 at 10:54 AM

plan b -- part 2

Now that I'm back from traveling I've begun writing Plan B -- a blognovel again. Scott Rosenberg notes the appearance of the newest episode here.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on October 2, 2002 at 10:51 AM

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