About A Perfect PC (APPC)
APPC was formed in January 1998, at first as a registered business name for Non Volatile Technologies Pty Ltd(NVTech), when acting as a vendor of Information and Communications Technology services. Later it became a proprietary limited company in its own right. The formation of APPC satisfied a number of needs:
- Firstly, (and importantly) it provided a much needed income stream.
- Next, it allowed me to learn all I possibly could about the realities of supporting small to medium sized businesses. This was invaluable experience because, before that time, I had been a very senior manager in a number of large companies where money and resources, particularly manpower, were usually in ample supply. Supporting small businesses is a bruising experience. You are dealing with people who are spending their own money and that makes them particularly thrifty (some would say "stingy!" with their spending). Add to that the habit computers have of failing at just the time they are most needed and you have an unhappy and stressed customer before you have even set foot inside their premises.
- Lastly, it allowed me to thoroughly investigate the practicality of using the products of the Open Source Software movement on the businesses I was supporting. To understand why I was so keen on doing that click here
Like NVTech, at the core of APPC, is the wish to pursue projects that will make a positive contribution to the world's environment. Most would agree that over-population and a lack of access to quality, secular education contributes to many of the world's environmental and societal problems. These scourges often go hand in hand. They give rise to cultural norms and societal systems that are not based on meritocracy but instead on nepotism which, in turn, prevent afflicted countries from making the most of their "human capital". Lack of access to education, inequality of the sexes and the absence of justice are the touch-paper for the discontent and social unrest seen in many African countries and the Middle East.
The use of technology as a means of providing education and equal opportunities, in all matters, to less fortunate nations is seen as being key to averting looming environmental, social and economic disasters.
Open Source Software, cost-affordable mobile hardware and the availability of low cost Internet services are key enablers in the quest to accelerate the societal advancement of developing nations. It goes without saying, these resources play a vital role in developed societies as well yet, particularly over the last 25 years, there has been a general failure, especially on the part of Government and larger businesses, to take full advantage of the benefits small, distributed, mobile systems, coupled with the adoption of Open Source Software, have to offer.