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This is what readers wrote in to say about DO's third issue:


From : Jabir Al Balushi
Sent : December 2005
To : Digital Oman
Subject : De-regulate

I was pleased to read Eyhab Al Hajj’s article on telco deregulation and the merits of opening up the sector to more competition and less regulation. In fact, with the entry of Nawras, the creation of Oman Mobile and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and new fixed line and ISP operators coming into the market it’s apparent that the government is for liberalization and market driven sectors. This is an excellent move. “Deregulation” the mantra of the ’90s. Does it work? It would appear so.

Jabir Al Balushi

Toys on the Net

From : John Pointon
Sent : December 2005
To : Digital Oman
Subject : Toys on the Net

On a lighter note and in connection to Jamal al Asmi’s column on IT toys, I’ve recently discovered a gadget website that is excellent. It has a great selection of products that I haven’t seen in Muscat’s shops. The prices are very reasonable and all of the goods are clearly priced and accompanied with fantastic quality photos of each product. I’ve also discovered that if you type in the discount code; IWANTDISCOUNT, it gives you 10% off your order... isn’t the Internet marvellous?

John Pointon

e-Learn, e-Learn, e-Learn

From : Saada Al Rashdi
Sent : December 2005
To : Digital Oman
Subject : e-Learn, e-Learn, e-Learn

It was great to see how much space was given over to e-Learning in issue 3 of DO – the stories from Nizwa, SQU, Somerset, Jordan and from Sultan Al Habsi of PEIE were all very informative.

From the articles published there was a lot of discussion about anytime-anyplace learning, learning objectives and pushing the need for e-Learning in areas such as Oman’s manufacturing sector, but where is the discussion about learning styles, performance improvement, or global implications? What about e-Learning using mobile devices, coaching online, or experience and flow? And even when we hear about 24/7 learning, why isn’t anyone talking about how hard it is to find time to learn... and what are learning objects and learning standards exactly? Let’s answer these questions. In fact, let’s have even more space given over to e-Learning in DO 2006.

Saada Al Rashdi

More & More Paper

From : Musallam Al Hudafi
Sent : December 2005
To : Digital Oman
Subject : More & More Paper

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the series of paperless office articles written by Mohammed Al Ghassani. He raises some important issues. Indeed, over the past 30 years, many have proclaimed the imminent arrival of the paperless office. Yet even the Internet which allows almost any computer to read and display another computer's documents, has increased the amount of printing done in offices and homes. In fact, recent statistics suggest that the use of e-email in an organization causes an average 40% increase in paper consumption. As Al Ghassani points out, these are issues that need to be tackled. If DO readers are interested in learning more about office management, I thoroughly recommend they read The Myth of the Paperless Office by Abigail J. Sellen and Richard H. R. Harper.

Musallam Al Hudafi