Friday, June 24, 2016

Exercises in Futility

Britain has beaten America in the race to vote against their own best interests and destroy their country.  However America will catch up in November.  Old white guys get one last kick at the can and are making sure it is a good one.  Frankly my dear (Don't call me Frankly) I don't give a damn about either one other than it is one step closer to throwing Ukraine and the rest of Eastern Europe under the Russian bus.

To keep my mind off of serious things, I have engaged in a series of make work projects.  My sock drawer doesn't take much time so I organized my music, see previous post.  And fight with my new smart phone whenever the spirit moves me. With PC in one hand and phone in the other, I Google "how do I . . ." on the PC and then try it on the phone. Finally got Skype to work on my phone and Viber on my PC. And downloaded a few useful apps.  My credit union has an android app but signing in has proved a problem.

I moved all my phone numbers from my old phone to my new phone via the SIM card.  If I had more than one number under a name, it broke them all into individual contacts, then duplicated some of them for Viber.  So instead of 75 names I have 300.  And will have to hand sort which will be even more work than if I had manually copied them in the first place.

Up to now, Tanya and I have been using wireless dial-up modems on each of our computers but performance has been mixed, with top download speeds of maybe 2 mbps.  Andrei just bought a Huawei EC5321 3G mobile WiFi transceiver and router with speeds of up to 14 mbps and brought it out to our place to try.  Worked like a dream.  I was downloading a movie at 4.4 mbps, unheard of in our location with our technology.  So I bought one, picked it up today.  About $100 CAD. Stuck it in the window and connected both mobile phones and both laptops.  Mobile phones worked wonderfully well. Laptops not so much.  S.L.O.W.  Packed it up and took it back to the Intertelekom dealer at Mir, along with my computer.

No idea what the problem was or what she did but 45 minutes later I was on my way home.  Worked as advertised.  Tanya and I both used our computers at the same time, everything loaded and downloaded faster than usual. I think we have moved our internet technology another step forward.

Not bad for a country where 15 years ago in rural areas it took four hours of trying and retrying to connect to a dial up modem on a land line and any file over 350 KB would not download before the connection was lost.




10 comments:

  1. Hurray for fast connections! Despite the extra time for the round trip to Mir, it'll be worth it. And with such fast access time, you'll spend much more time surfing the web so you shouldn't need any more make-work projects. Win-win. ;-)

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    1. 5:00 am and I am at it already. The girl at Mir was knowledgeable, courteous and thorough. She was also young, cute, stacked and wore a t-shirt that said "I don't know what I want but I want it BAD". Sometimes it is nice being almost 70. One can admire the scenery without thinking about real estate taxes.

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    2. LOL! Nothing wrong with window-shopping as long as you don't go in.

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    3. That is the one. I like to look but at my age I can no longer remember why

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  2. if I've said it once I've said it a dozen times(at least)....
    we're fucked

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    1. I hear Texas wants out of the union. Good idea. And send the rest of the confederate states with it. You might have to move though.

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    2. I feel the same as you. I would just like to get this next few months over with as there is nothing I can do to effect outcomes. Brexit: you can't underestimate the ignorance of the general population - the same goes here in the US, except double.
      Jackiesue can come to Maine - but it is a matter of degree.
      the Ol'Buzzard

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    3. Brexit was about immigration, racism and xenophobia. November will be the same.

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  3. Lately I have been having a feeling in the pit of my stomach at the prospect of impending doom in November. Your technology sounds exciting. The more rural areas of our state are also slow to see high-speed internet access, but the areas of higher population aren't able to see their problem, and have been slow to authorize funding for upgrades.

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    1. It ain't over till the fat lady sings.
      I understand that internet is slow and expensive in USA. So much for "free market" competition.

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