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Don’t have a computer? Try the virtual computer !

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You have heard of desktops and laptops, but now two engineering students in Kerala have come up with a virtual computer that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. All it needs is an internet connection.

K Ansar and PP Ismail, final year computer science students at an engineering college in Vatakara, have set up www.bloxtr.com, the prototype of a virtual computer in which you can store all your important documents, favorite music, colorful pictures and even videos.

“The idea is that no one needs to carry a laptop or pen drive around. You can upload any files to the website and access it from any corner of the world. What you need is just an interface to access the internet,” Ansar told IANS.

nsar and Ismail are fans of Richard Stallman, the free software guru, and they are also keen on popularising the competency of open source software.
Ismail said bloxtr is just a project and doesn’t yet have the speed and features of professional applications. They are hoping for investment by corporate firms for the further development of their prototype.

According to the students, people are largely ignorant about the opportunities that open source software provides. They stumbled upon the idea of a virtual computer while mining the internet.

“We’d like to popularise the concept of the virtual computer. As far as we know such a facility does not exist. Google has Google Docs to store and edit documents or spreadsheets, while websites like ibackup.com provide the facility of creating backup data.

“The open source platform for creating a virtual computer is available on the internet. Open source platforms are available free for any kind of project,” said Ansar.

We want to make bloxtr more elaborate so that one can install software of one’s choice on the virtual computer,” he said.

“We are trying to convert this into a mobile application. When 3G services become operational in the country we think the virtual computer will really be an attractive proposition,” Ismail said.

Ismail and Ansar, along with three other classmates, have already won a project from a local software company on behalf of a Gulf-based airline to develop a system to make flight schedule information available on mobile phones.

They are also planning a project to network educational institutions. “This is a long-term project, under which we plan to provide a website from where information on students from the networked institutions can be retrieved,” said Ismail.

“If a parent wants to ascertain the score of his child he can access it directly from his home. For employers who are on the lookout for talent, this database could be a good source. We are also planning a virtual classroom. Eighty per cent of the work on this is complete,” he added.

2 Responses to “Don’t have a computer? Try the virtual computer !”

  1. Rami Says:

    The bloxtr link is not working. Also try a real competition G.ho.st the Global Hosted Operating System at http://g.ho.st its a free virtual computer with 3GB free storage

    Rami

  2. Peter22 Says:

    There are many blogs and i just found yours while doing some searches, what are the odds, thx for the info

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