Carnival’s future, reflected in brass

Above:Sound engineer Robin Foster (left) discusses loading logistics with Etienne Charles on Carnival Monday afternoon as the band prepares to leave its assembly point. Photo by Mark Lyndersay. BitDepth#1083 for March 07, 2017 Two moments stood out for me on Carnival Monday afternoon as Etienne Charles’ band prepared to start their working day.  There was […]

ISOC releases report on Caribbean Internet

The Internet Society has released a report on Caribbean Internet use, Unleashing the Internet in the Caribbean: Removing barriers to connectivity and stimulating better access in the region. According to ISOC, “this study identifies solutions that promote continued development of the Internet in the Caribbean, specifically with respect to infrastructure and access services, and provides […]

A tabanca of potential

Above: Legendary masquerader Charles Peace makes his final appearance on the Savannah stage. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay. BitDepth#1082 for February 28, 2017 The technician leaned conspiratorially across the counter at Marty Forscher’s repair store.  “Were you deployed to Afghanistan?” Um. What?  It turned out that the only other times they had taken apart cameras in […]

Contemplating Carnival copyright

Above: Stageside crowd control on Carnival Tuesday evening in 1993 as Peter Minshall’s Donkey Derby crosses the Queen’s Park Savannah stage. Photo by Mark Lyndersay. BitDepth#1081 for February 21, 2017 Copyright is a legal conceit designed to manage the exploitation of intellectual property. It posits, in its simplest form, that a unique creation can be […]

Sit on it and spin around

Above: The Steelcase Leap chair. Photo courtesy Steelcase. BitDepth#1080 for February 14, 2017 My adventures with chairs go back three decades to my doctor’s warning – after suffering excruciating back pain –  that I had two compressed vertebrae in my lower spine. I could either be more careful about the furniture I graced with my […]

Angelo’s absence

Above: Angelo Bissessarsingh flips through his newly published book in January, 2016. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay. BitDepth#1079 for February 07, 2017 Angelo Bissessarsingh is gone. For much of last week that long expected news, sharpened to a keen edge by a life’s clock that ticked down relentlessly, rocketed through Facebook, the online platform that gave […]

Getting to there from here

Above: Jeetandra Khadan’s IADB report: Are Oil and Gas smothering the Private Sector in Trinidad and Tobago? BitDepth#1078 for January 31, 2017 The conversation in economic circles is increasingly about diversification. Two weeks ago, the Ministry of Planning in association with the IADB launched an intitative aimed at stimulating the growth of local services. It […]

bmobile introduces WiFi for Maxi Taxis

Above: Maxi Taxi Operators at City Gate were excited about getting WiFi for customers, seen here with this bmobile representative. Photo courtesy bmobile. More than 300,000 Maxi Taxi commuters stand to benefit from free unlimited Wi-Fi internet through a new initiative launched by the Association of Maxi Taxis of Trinidad and T0bago (AMTTT) in collaboration with bmobile. […]

Going global with T&T services

Above: At the Global Services Promotion launch, Internet strategist Bevil Wooding, Barbados project awardee Peter Edey, Dr Terrence Farrell and Carolina Gonzales-Velosa, Labour Market and Social Security Specialist, IADB respond to audience questions. Photo by Mark Lyndersay.  BitDepth#1077 for January 24, 2017 There were a lot of words spoken at the “initiation” of the Global […]

CCN introduces App building service

Above: John Outridge of Novo Media explains the new service at Friday’s launch. Photo courtesy the Trinidad Express. The Trinidad Express reports on parent company CCN’s new venture partnership with Novo Media to deliver smartphone apps with minimal coding. “It is something that there is a serious market for in Trinidad and Tobago,” said Novo […]

Huawei toasts success at CES

Above: Journalists examine Huawei’s new line of smartphones for 2017 as a special event at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Mark Lyndersay. BitDepth#1075 for July 10, 2017 On Friday, Huawei, the Chinese technology company that made its first big splash in smartphone products just five years ago, proved to have outgrown shyness […]