The Hi-tech Hand Crank


This attempt to bring the Internet to Laosian villages via wireless networks, low-wattage computers, and hand-crank generators is one of the Web?s hot stories right now. It?s the brainchild of Bay Area genius Lee Felsenstein, whose organization needs money to get the system in place before the monsoon season. Will people be as generous with him as they were with another Web charity hit, the New York chic chick who raised more than enough Internet donations to pay off her towering Bloomies bills? I'll let you know…