Monthly Archives: May 2007

Back On UBUNTU Feisty 7.04

I made the decision to go back to the latest version of UBUNTU (Feisty). To get the LTS Version to perform as well as Feisty was just going to take too much time. While I can live without my scanner until the UBUNTU support team solves their problem with XSane, I can’t live without my printer and that by itself was too much.

So I made the move back and will just let the rough edge drag for a while. Today I got a little bit of appreciation for what Thomas Edison went through. He was asked how he kept going after having so many failures trying to make the first electric light. He shrugged it off by saying they were not failures because he learned many things that wouldn’t work.

Lost Comments Today

I had some comments today that I lost. I was reviewing my spam and there were several valid comments related to the new visa. I marked them as non spam and then hit the wrong button and they got deleted as spam.

If you left a comment and it didn’t get posted, do it again and I will try not to make the same mistake again.

One Step Forward

Well I am sort of up on UBUNTU 6.06. This is sort of a “One step forward and 3 steps back”. I am up with all of the files I had on the previous UBUNTO version so that part is good. Now I have to go through all the hassle of getting FireFox to have the appropriate plug-ins, getting my contact list edited again in Evolution, and I still have to verify that the printer works and that the scanner does indeed work on this version.

I am determined to make this work, but it is going to require a fair amount of work.

As an update,
I have proved that the scanner now works. The other thing I have proved is that the printer no longer works! Grrrrrrr!

Support bacteria. They’re the only culture some people have.

Preparing to Install The LTS UBUNTU

After spending a few days studying what to do to get my scanner operational, I have decided that the simplest plan is to install the Long Term Support version of UBUNTU. I have researched the version and the documentation says that my scanner is supported.

At the present I am downloading UBUNTU version 6.06. When the download is complete, I will save the files I have added or modified to my external hard drive and install the LTS version of UBUNTU.

After the install is complete, I will copy the files back and I should have a fully operational system. It sounds simple.

El Marquez Watch Repair

Several times since I have been here in David, I have needed to have a battery replaced. The best and most reasonable store I have found has been El Marquez.

I have always been treated honestly and fairly and the service has been very quick. If he can’t do the job, he will tell where you can find the service. He also works on wall clocks of the old pendulum style. Here is a photo showing what can be serviced.

Here is another photo that shows that the El Marquez shop is directly across the street from Banco General. If you drop in this shop, tell Marquez that you heard about him from Chiriquí Chatter.

Thoughts on The New Panama Tourist Visa

I have had a little more time to think about the new Tourist Visa changes since yesterday and now that my initial shock has passed, I am trying to look at it objectively. The Panama Guide has an interview with Lic. Tomas Garcia Tobar, the National Sub Director of Panama’s Department of Immigration regarding the recent change in requirements for tourist visas. It presents a better understanding of what the intent for the change is.

If you step back and think about it, the term Tourist Visa, pretty well says what the visaś purpose is. The new change allows a person to obtain a 30 day visa and then that person may extend it once for a maximum of 60 more days for a maximum time in Panama of 90 days. Whether the extension is 30 or 60 is determined by Panama on a case by case situation.

I, for one, think that 30 days time in a country is ample time for most tourists. Certainly 90 days should accommodate everyone. If a person expects to spend a large percentage of their life in Panama, then there should be no reason that they should not apply for one of the other visa programs. Continue reading Thoughts on The New Panama Tourist Visa

Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

30 Day´s For Tourist Visa

A Chiriquí Chatter reader sent me the following link. If you are using the standard Tourist Visa to stay in Panama this is important to you. If you don´t read Spanish you may want to use the Google translation tools to read this.

Panama has changed Article 36 of Law 15 and the duration and limits of the Tourist Visa have changed. It basically says that the new tourist visa is valid for only 30 days and may be extended once for a total of 60 days.

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