What A Day!

Actually, the events I worked on today, started yesterday evening. In working with my camera vender in China to get the configuration the way I want it, I lost the Internet and was only able to communicate by using my cell phone as a hotspot.

While I was working on that, my Mac Mini decided to die. I went to bed with several problems and unable to solve them by myself.

In today.s world, when you don’t have internet, you are really limited to research problem solutions.

This morning I was able to diagnose that Cable Onda had cut off my service. By connecting directly to the Cable Onda modem and not my router, I could see a message that said I had not paid my bill. I knew that wasn’t true, but at least I knew why I had no internet.

Fixing the Mac Mini took second position. This morning, again using my iPhone to give me access to the Internet, I pulled up all receipts I had for Cable Onda. I went to El Rey for assistance, but they said it would be a minimum of one day and probably not before Friday, before they could help me. I was convinced it was a problem between MultiPago in El Rey and Cable Onda.

I decided it would be better to go to Cable Onda and if they had not received a payment, I would pay it and get a refund when I found the guilty party.

What I found at Cable Onda can only make you laugh. What Cable Onda said was that El Rey collected one penny too little and Cable Onda said they have many problems receiving payments from El Rey.

That is what Cable Onda said, but when I look at my charge on their system, I paid what their bill said. Nonetheless I gave them a penny and my internet was turned back on. It is not worth it to me to find the real problem for a penny, but it is worth cutting off service to a customer who is never paying for a penny by Cable Onda.

Anyway, one problem down.

On to the Mac Mini problem. I took my Mini to PanaFoto to see if they would ship it to Panama or had a better idea for getting it operational again. I spoke with Carlos Arauz and who had worked in Panama City for Apple for 5 years. He said he could diagnose the problem if I left it with him.

He called an hour ago and said the hard drive was failing (what I had thought was the problem). I have authorized him to replace it. He said I should get it back in a day or so. If I get it back in two days and is operating well again, I will b a happy camper.

Working to get my camera system the way I want it will take some time. I am working with a technician in China and with the hour difference, his day is my night. Basically, I have a functioning system, just not the way I want it.

Koki already doesn’t like the system. While I was working on it, I could see Koki on the terrace. I could not believe my eyes. As I watched, she decided to go to a rug I had drying in the sun and pee on it. I brought her in replayed the video and told her I had the goods on her.

Don’t think my talk helped.

Oh well, I started out with three problems (two large and one small) and it looks like I have them back under control or getting under control. I can live with the third and am learning things in the progress. Always good to have a little mental exercise.

9 thoughts on “What A Day!

  1. Had the same problem this month. I paid the bill amount as stated by Cable Onda at el rey – no internet – , only to find out they wanted 40 cents more.

  2. Any chance that Koki peed on the Mac Mini? I’m thinking she wants more attention and decided to handle the problem her way. 🙂

  3. No need to be sorry. I do like it her, but Panama certainly isn’t without it problems. Everyone has different tastes and needs.To say that I advocate living here is pretty misleading. I always say a person should live here a minimum of 6 months before really working.Many like it and many don’t. And what is this “yours” stuff?

  4. Hi Don Ray: Can you PLEASE SEND AN E MAIL TO CABLE ONDA AND HELP ALL OF US IN NEED? Would appreciate a response to THEIR REPLY on your blog. Please tell them to get off their dead ass and see who at El Rey’s is creating these problems, OR, THEM? There is NO ORGANIZATION in Panama. Thank you.

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