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I was shocked by results. My UK and Algarve friends quoted me prices that were on expensive side. Some of quotes that came in from around world were one tenth of these prices. I chose a programmer in Pakistan that had good reviews from this bulletin board. I must say that I have never had such a pleasant experience working with a programmer before. His work was excellent, he was polite, enthusiastic and did not ask for payment until job was completely up and running and my client was satisfied. His product was delivered to me as an attachment to an email in seconds, once he finished job.
My point? If you want a taste of what globalization is all about, just visit Internet. Information from around world is practically free, and services that can be delivered electronically can be purchased from excellent worldwide sources at a fraction of local price.
Is this good or bad? Your opinion does not really matter because it is already here and upon us.
George McKee writes a twice-monthly, computer and Internet related article in the Algarve Resident, a newspaper for the English speaking residents of the Algarve region of Portugal. He also operates, with his business partner, www.grafica-link.com, a web hosting and design firm in southern Portugal. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at his little corner of the website http://www.grafica-link.com/bytedoctor.htm