Computer News - In Brief


- Four students from Makerere University in Uganda are to represent East African universities in this year's Microsoft Imagine Challenge Cup world finals to be held in France next month.

- An observatory of information and communication technologies (ICT) will be "shortly" set up, announced the new Algerian Post and Information and communication Technologies (ICT) Minister Hamid Bessalah in Algiers. The observatory, which aims to contribute to building the information society, will have a website for in order to access all the reliable and real-time information.

- Rwanda’s National Post Office will soon upgrade its mail delivery service by extending the Virtual Private Network (VNP), a facility that connects the headquarters to all postal agencies all over the country.

- Participants in the international symposium on " Information and Communication Technologies in education," held on June 26-27 in the northern suburb of Gammarth, adopted the "Declaration of Tunis for the use of ICTs in education," stressing the commitment of the French-speaking community to build-up the knowledge society.

- Netgear trumpeted the release of the WGR614L, hardware the company is calling the “first open source router”. The new router supports both Tomato and DD-WRT firmware which makes it possible for users to hack the router to meet their own needs. To date Tomato and DD-WRT have been unofficially used on Netgear as well as other routers.