Monthly Archives: June 2013

Burglary Alert in Alto Boquete

I received the following from The Alto al Crimen Team

“There are two kinds of people who sleep well at night – the ignorant and the prepared.”

Saturday morning we received a report of a burglary in Alto Boquete that took place on Thursday afternoon. The house sitter made a trip to town and when she came back, her laptop, camera and other valuables were taken. She provided unconfirmed reports of two more burglaries in that area this week.

If you live in the Alto Boquete area you are vulnerable to crime at this time due to the construction activity.  If you would like a personal home risk factor evaluation, please contact us at
For the whole story about these crimes and how to protect yourself, please see our Crime Update on the Alto al Crimen web site.
The Alto al Crimen Team – Boquete

Some things are better left unsaid. Now if only I could determine which things.

Free Quilt Exhibit at Boquete Library

I received a request to post the following:

Volcan Quilters exhibit at the Boquete Library opens on Friday, July 5th with a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception from 4-7 pm. Come see the beautiful quilts, wall hangings, purses and other items made by women in the community of Volcan. Lots of the items displayed will be for sale.

Volcan Quilters is a nonprofit group of expats that teach quilting to local women as a means of providing income for their families. During the last 3 years, we have taught over 250 women ranging in age from 16 to 90.

The exhibit will be on display at the library throughout the month of July.

Why I Write About Technology

I realize I write many posts related to technology. Every time I do, I receive comments and emails that tell me that many readers tune out when they see one of these posts.

So why do I do it? Well, for one thing, technology has always been a large part of my life, both as a hobby and as a profession. However, a bigger reason is that if you are a person moving from the US or Europe or any first world country and have most of your family ties back in your country of origin, then you will have to become more familiar with technology than had you not moved.

Even though I realize you have to be a little conversant with technology or you would not be reading this blog, and even though I have written similar posts in the past, I will do one more.


As you can see from the recent posts, on Proof Of Life, the mail system in Panama is not very dependable. Most people use a Mail Forwarding Company to receive normal mail and packages. Not cheap, but dependable. I currently use Multiservicios International De Chiriquí.

Most of these types of services are similar. None are perfect, but if you find one you like, switching will rarely be worth the trouble.

For the amount of mail I get from the US, this has been the cheapest I have found.

To satisfy a Proof of Life address, I am now using a PO Box in David. I will use it only for Taxes and Social Security. I also will not count on it being 100% dependable. I am still waiting for my first letter from the US which was sent a month ago. Next week I will chat with the management. I hope they don’t go postal. Continue reading Why I Write About Technology

For Rent or Sale in Hills of Santa Cruz – David

I received a request to post the following:

For Rent or for sale in David – Chiriqui
Hills of Santa Cruz 2nd stage
Dining room
Large kitchen
2 Rooms
2 Bathrooms
Indoor laundry
600 m2
Rent $300 / sale $70,000
Close to the city centre and the terronal
Information 69117314


Se Alquila o Vende casa en David- Chiriqui
Colinas de Santa Cruz 2da Etapa
Cocina amplia
2 Habitaciones
2 Baños
Lavanderia techada
600 mt2
Alquiler $300 / Venta $70.000
Cerca al terronal y centro de la ciudad
Información 69117314

Volcan Town Meeting Wednesday, July 10th at 10:00 AM at Mana’s Restaurant

I received a request to post the following.

Greetings Everyone:

Town Meeting: Wednesday, July 10th at 10:00 am. at Mana’s Restaurant in Volcan

Enjoy breakfast or lunch at Mana’s!

There will be 3 great speakers at Town Meeting in Volcan concerning two topics: What are the best Latin American countries to have a residence in?
Which service is the safest e-mail service, such as yahoo, gmail, or aol, and how to protect your privacy with some simple and easy suggestions.
The first speaker moved his family from Panama to Uruguay, four years ago .NOW he has moved the family from Uruguay back to Panama due to the
inflated currency of Uruguay and the USA making the cost of living too high and tight to live on his pension. In general, the crime rate in Uruguay, has escalated rapidly and the buying power of a fixed income has decreased. Consequently, it was necessary to return to Panama. Both speakers have lived
in other South American countries over the last 10 years.

The second speaker lived in Belize for over 30 years and traveled extensively throughout all Central America. The two speakers have information to share with you and are equipped to answer your questions.

Some of the subjects covered are ;

Inflation and cost of living
Currency controls and banking
Roads, telephone, Internet
Fishing, hunting, boating, hiking,
English fluency
Night life and restaurants
Quality of housing and pricing
Cars and public transportation
Foreign residency

The speakers do not have all the answers but what they do not know they can refer you to sources of information.

Our final computer expert will begin with a very brief introduction of a few easy and simple methods to increase computer and Internet safety which virtually eliminates the most frequent
problems of real people. To increase safety we will be using methods generally ignored and not taught.

We are not protected from the Feds invading your telephone conversations or Internet email until the Supreme Court declares the Patriot Act unconstitutional under the First and Fourth amendment.
Snowden made us all aware of this recently.

The internet went down and I had to spend time with the family.

They seem like good people.

Moving Away From Google

For a long time I have been dissatisfied with Google as a company. Too many reasons to enumerate. It started when I was using Linux and I did not like Google’s lack of sharing with the Linux community.

Then when they came out with their own Linux branded Android, I vowed to never use it.

As a result, I have now moved all of my PCs over to BING for my search engine of choice. IPad, iPhone and PCs no longer use Google.

Oddly enough, I like the BING home page better than the Google home page I had been using.

I wish I could get away from Gmail, but unfortunately, I have too many to change them all. I never like the Hotmail domain name and that is what moved me to Gmail. Now that Microsoft has changed to, I may consider migrating away from Gmail.

I have also removed the Chrome browser from my PCs. If I need another browser than Safari (my default browser), I will use Firefox or Opera.

I guess my biggest problem with Google is that they are an information company and not a product company. They track all information flow and know more about everyone than anyone in the world. Their products are designed around gathering information from their users.

No More.

This is my protest for today. No more Google. USE BING!