Cuba: Yahoo!, Stay Home

The Web's advance onto the island has the Communists rattled

Strolling down halls decorated with portraits of Che Guevara, Damian Barcaz proudly shows off the classrooms at the Palace of Computing youth club in Havana. The club's assistant director points to a room of 7-year-olds: Around 10 vintage PCs--machines from the early 1980s with a 286 chip--huddle 19 kids, learning MS-DOS. Other classrooms are equipped with refurbished 386s and 486s. Then there are the handful of brand-new Pentiums that are the center's crown jewels.

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