According to all the latest reports, there was no truth in any of the earlier reports.
The last few days, my Internet speed has been very unpredictable. Read that as often lousy.
I just tried to stream some music and there wasn’t enough speed to even do that and songs don’t take up much time to download.
I had an Apple update today and started it. It said 3.4 MB/sec. I thought WOW. That is great. 5 seconds later it changed to 69 KB /sec.
I don’t know if the problem is all over or just in my neighborhood, but I don’t like it. If it slows down too much, I may have to do some work.
Last month (I know I am behind), I stopped into Gelateria Italiana following the US Embassy warden lunch at Hotel Panamonte.
You will find Gelateria Italiana a block west from the Bistro Restaurant. This is the place that is now providing ice cream for Delicia Italiana in David. If you like ice-cream and are in Boquete, you have to try this place. It isn’t cheap, but it is high quality.
I stuck with a cup of vanilla. There are a few more flavors in Boquete than in David, but the ones in David rotate, so I guess they all get there.
Also, I had a reader contact me and tell me that Gelato Pacifico has its equipment working again in Chiriquí Mall. That means there are two good ice-cream places in David. Haven’t been there after getting the email, but will soon.
I have looked for a good lawnmower service shop several times. I had one, but got the feeling I was being over charged and asked at Rodelag where they would recommend. They directed me to Multiservicios Díaz, which is close to Rodelag.
I have used them now for two items and I like the people that run it. They are nice friendly people and my equipment came back running well. Here is a Google Map. Their number is on the photo. If you stop in, tell them that you learned about them on Chiriquí Chatter.
Youthful indiscretions should be enjoyed by people of all ages.
I just finished listening to the Edward Snowden conference in SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Whether you think Edward is a hero or a traitor, the information provided in this YouTube video is important and may open eyes to the the security risks that exist today. Because of Edward’s release of information, there is a much higher interest in communication security now than there was before.
I have spent time in several posts talking about security, when connecting to the Internet. Primarily this has been related to WiFi connectivity. Both connectivity to your router in your house and the connectivity when away from home should use the highest of encryption between your PC and the router.
One small item that was mentioned was that connectivity at local WiFi locations like McDonald’s had improved their security. Well maybe that is true in the US, but in Panama, the typical McDonald’s, or other local provider still allows an unsecured connection. Don’t use them or at minimum understand the risk. Furthermore, it would be good if you asked to talk to the manager of the locations and asked whey they were not requiring a WAP secure sign on to connect to the internet.
Most likely they will have no idea what you are talking about, but the more annoying questions they receive, the more likely it may force them to change.
Why should you care. Do yourself a favor and read up on identity theft. If you are interesting in a couple of my previous posts. Post 1. Post 2. There are others. but these may get you started on worrying about your own communications security
Edward Snowden may or may not have realized how he would turn the world upside down. He may not even have realized how much he would turn his own world upside down. None the less, he did open the eyes of many people that had fallen asleep.
I have mentioned that we have had several projects going on and that I get tired just watching them. I thought I would take a photo of one of the projects. The builder of this house had created a carport over the driveway, but as was many of his efforts, it was less than acceptable.
In a rain, if you drove under the covered area, you would still get soaked when you got out of the car. The new car port will be a little lower, wider and extended toward the street. You can see the original carport and the outline of the new. The concrete beams are just getting ready to be poured/
I think it will make a big improvement on the looks of the house.
You can’t see the right side of the house, but it has had a new two car garage with an electric garage door. I consider that another large improvement to the house. Besides providing a secure area for the cars, it will also provide some much needed storage for garden tools, mower, etc.
The photo was taken by one of my security cameras that faces the front street.
I was requested to post the following.
This second floor apartment is across the street from San Martin Church in Terronal.. The rent is $500 per month not including electricity. For more information contact 6486-3289.
The apartment photo album follows.
There’s only so much I can do for Earth Day, but at the very least, I’ll turn off my Christmas lights for a few minutes.