Planning for 2015

While 2014 has been a great year with many memories, I am starting to think about how to make 2015 even better.

I have started talking to Lilliam about taking one of the European River Cruises. Lilliam and I have been on several ocean cruises, but the river cruises appear to be a totally different experience.

Plus it looks like a very good way to see some of Europe without having to pack your bags and change hotels every couple of days.

I thought as part of my research, I would poll my Chiriquí Chatter reader and ask if any of you have been on a river cruise would share your experiences and provide recommendations.

There are so many places to choose from.

If you have never heard about river cruises, here is a list of some of the YouTube videos from several companies.

Cable Onda Speed Tests December 20

Following are tests made on December 20. HERE are the tests made on December 19.

It would be interesting if any Cable and Wireless users in the Chiriquí area would report their performance from

I have made several calls lately using Magic Jack and the other end could not hear me , but I could hear them. I think that would correspond to the less than normal upload time.

8:10 AM

11:05 AM


3:30 PM

6:30 PM

11:50 PM

Happy Birthday Lilliam

Today is Lilliam’s birthday. She is the one thing that makes me happy to get up each day. Always smiling. Always wanting to help someone else. Always putting others first.

A beauty to look at and an inspiration to be around.

Happy birthday Lilliam. Thank you for sharing your life with me.

My Daughter’s Cause

I am very proud of my daughter. She has taken up the cause of two abused children that live in her community.

She finally got tired of the misinformation that was being spread by another site that was trying to overturn the conviction of a child molester.

She started a fund to help the molested boys have a good Christmas and offset the expenses that the families have gone through during the trial and the continued harassment caused the other website.

She also presented more information on her blog related to the case. She has several case related posts and THIS THE FIRST.

Cable Onda Speed Tests on December 19

I had thought I had been have Cable Onda problems for several weeks, but I never took the time to sit down and test it. The IDrive installation forced me to take a look and I see that I am not getting what I pay for.

My upload speed is the one that really needs help. Following are several test from this morning. I tried talking to Cable Onda yesterday and they could only say everything looked fine on their end.

As a side note, the phone attendant requested I send the speed tests to along with my customer #. I sent them the URL of this post. I think she said they would respond in 48 hours.

I will add tests throughout the day.

Test at 7:00 AM.

Test at 7:08 AM.

Test at 7:12 AM.

Test at 7:40 AM.

Test at 9:04 AM.

Test at 10:00 AM.

Ping test at 10:20AM. I decided to run a Ping test to check for data loss and line quality. Continue reading

IDrive First Impressions.

Yesterday, I posted that I was taking advantage of an IDrive Promotion. Well my initial impressions are not good.

This is strictly based on the amount of time it is taking to upload data. At the current rate, to upload 180GB of data is going to take months.

I have not determined why the upload rate is so slow, but if I can’t get the rate to increase, then the experiment has failed.

My experience with DropBox has been much different, which is why I thought this was worth a try, but until I find a reason for the extremely low upload speed, my recommendation is forget it, at least if you are living in Panama.

UPDATE: I have been testing my Cable Onda Speed and it is far below what it should be. That being the case, until I resolve that issue, I need to hold off on the IDrive evaluation. I should have 5Mb’s down and 1 Mb/s up.

UPDATE:The down load speed is close to normal now. The upload speed is better, but not satisfactory.

My 5:45 PM speed test. Cable Onda is definitely causing me problems.