Monthly Archives: July 2014

Dropped My VPN for UNLOCATOR

Yesterday I canceled my WITopia VPN renewal in favor of UNLOCATOR. Today, I received an email from WITopia providing me the reasons for continuing my VPN service.

Here is the content of that email.


I just wanted you to know that your account will not be charged again when your service expires on August 19th.

There are many reasons to use a VPN. I believe just about anyone who uses the Internet can benefit from a VPN.

You may want to use a VPN if:

1.You want to protect your data over the internet
2. You wish to encrypt VOIP traffic (internet voice calls)
3. You use the Internet on public networks, where other users on the same network can tap into your connection.
4. You don’t want search engines such as Google, Bing, etc. storing your every Internet search – forever
5. You wish you navigate the Internet anonymously and privately.
6. You don’t want your ISP monitoring and logging your internet activity – including every webpage you visit.
7. You wish to protect yourself from identity theft.

Just a few things to consider before discontinuing use of the VPN entirely.

Thanks for trying us out.


First let me say that my service with WITopia was stellar and their reasons are worth considering. My primary reason for using WITopia and UNLOCATOR is to be able to utilize NetFlix and other US services that are blocked in Panama. UNLOCATOR satisfies those needs with less speed degradation than a VPN.

Still the issues listed in in WITopia’s email are worth talking about. Continue reading Dropped My VPN for UNLOCATOR

Of course men can multitask, we read on the toilet.

There is a certain freedom in having nothing left to lose.

Chiriquí Chatter Host Outage

Over the last several days, CC has suffered several periods of down time. As soon as I realize that the site is not up, I submit a trouble ticket. I also post a notification o the CC Status Site to indicate that I am aware of an outage and am working on fixing it.

This morning, when I got up CC was down and my monitor site showed that it had been down for 4 hours at the time I submitted a trouble ticket.

The CC Status site is designed to show the last 24 hours of operation and also acknowledge that the site is down if I am aware of it.

The total outage for July 19 was about 19 hours.

He who feels that he is too small to make a difference has never been bitten by a mosquito.


As can be seen from the lack of posts, I continue to stay busy.

Most of my time has been related to the stroke victim. I have made multiple trips to his apartment during his therapy sessions. I have had to make multiple trips to purchase medical supplies, food and cleaning items.

I talked to Banco Banistmo several times this week and the latest was this morning. I believe they now have all the documentation they have asked for in addition to the POA that was provided to allow me to pay the victim’s bills with his money. I was told that I should receive an answer next week.

Of course I was told that last week and then was asked to provide more documents this week. The big hurdle is that to withdraw moment from an account, you have to have your signature on the account. The normal procedure is for the owner of the account and the additional person must go to the bank at the same time to provide signatures.

Obviously this is not possible in this case since the victim is confined to bed and his signature hand is the one affected by the stroke. This was the reason the POA was provided with a fingerprint as opposed to a signature.

I will see what next week brings. Continue reading Isolated

The larger the lake of knowledge the longer the shore of wonder.

Happiness is like a butterfly, which when pursued is just beyond your grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly may alight upon you. (Hawthorne)

The best way to get back on your feet — miss a car payment.

I believe we should all pay our tax bill with a smile. I tried — but they wanted cash.