Who knew that Unix was also the name of a bicycle company? Not me, at least until I went on a recent field trip to Zambia and Malawi, where I found owners busily hacking their Unix bicycles. The purpose of the trip was to examine how cellular technology was affecting life in rural Africa and also how people treat other forms of technology. By "hacking," I mean that owners were converting their bicycles for purposes that the original designers had not intended. One particular owner constructed a carrier made from a steel-reinforcing rod that he has tested up to…
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