According to an online English dictionary, ‘depression’ refers to the condition of feeling sad or despondent. Psychologically it leads to reduction in activity or force. In economic, however, there is a way to express a period of drastic decline: Great Depression.

It took all my fully-charged battery cellphone to read a feature article (8 web pages), written by contributing writer Sara Corbett for The New York Times. The news headline itself tells the story: Can the Cellphone Help End Global Poverty? The writer traveled to Africa with Jan Chipchase, a human-behavior researcher for Nokia, a Finnish multinational communications corporation. One of the main points in the story is that Jan Chipchase, as part of his work, has been traveling to many parts of the world, mostly poor countries, to obtain facts and fictions about mobile phone users (and future users). He also runs a Weblog called Future Perfect. And what I like reading about it is how it looks into the tool and its technology making impact to large rural parts of the world.

Let’s take a look at Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s largest capital city, where businesses and politics take place. In recent years it’s the hub of communications of the nation. Landlines service is not as much popular as its counterpart mobile phone services. When you’re on a Phnom Penh street, chance is you can easily find a phone booth to make local call. The role of mobile phone here is: it at least creates job for unskilled people.

I’m also inclined in how low-cost technology can effectively help people in rural areas, where electricity among other things still insufficient. And more importantly, income generation is probably the final say in how people decide to buy and get introduced to new things.

Here is an overview of communications in Cambodia. It looks back the history of how communication system evolves and the latest trend.

I’m not in much of mode reading any novel, so I turned my attention to taste other stuff. I try to understand something in a book dedicated to Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman, which I received from a Jorge Machado, who works for a library in Stanford University. It was in exchange with some digital photographs I took last year in Kampong Cham province. Meanwhile I also find latest world news good read, even I have to read them on the tiny screen. Some articles about Cambodia’s real estates and global inflation grab my attention. At the World Economic Forum in the Swiss, George Soros, a Hungarian-born American financial speculator and philanthropist, said that “it would be “very difficult” to avoid recession in both the US and the UK.” In another article in the International Herald Tribune, the reporter wrote the news headline: ‘Soros sounds the alarm again on world economy’. The billionaire investor also claimed lately that the boom in commodities is still in a “growth phase” despite the fact that prices for oil, wheat, rice, and gold have risen to records in 2008.

What’s else have I been reading recently? Of course, some nerdy stuff: