Sometimes I wish my conscience was unconscious.

What’s Up With Cable Onda Day 3

Note – Contracted speed is 20 Mpbs,

I have been away from the house all morning and have just tried to use the Internet and found it lacking.

Maybe all problems are not solved.

3:51PM –

7:42 PM – I have placed another trouble call for whatever that is worth. This is the last post on the subject until I have hd a couple days of contracted speeds. May not happen for a while.

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What’s Up With Cable Onda Day 2

Note – Contracted speed is 20 Mpbs,

Looks like nothing has changed in the Internet status. I guess I am going to have to put in a trouble call.

Speed test at 5:10 AM

Speed test at 6:30 – Better, but not what it should be.

Second test.

6:45 –

As a side note, I tried to place a trouble report. I called and was told to press 2 for English, which I did, Press 1 for residential, which I did, and press 2 for technical support.

After waiting a couple minutes, I was connected to a technician who answered in Spanish. Spanish would have been fine, but I said I thought this was supposed to be an English line. I was told uno momento and placed on hold and then disconnected. This is Panama.

I just placed a second call and was immediately connected to an English speaking young lady. She took my client # and checked the status. She came back and said that there is a known problem in the David area and technicians are working on the problem and hope to have the problem solved in the next few hours. Her English was very good and she was very professional.

7:10 –

7:39 – Wow. I could use more of this.

8:00 – Yawn –

9:18 – Not showing much progress. http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6304547045

10:54 –

I have checked the speed several times over the afternoon and this is the latest test. It appears that CO has resolved their problem.

Never underestimate my ability to fall short of expectations

What’s Up Cable Onda?

What is down is CO’s performance. Over the last week or so I have noticed unpredictable performance. It will be down in the 3 Mpbs range and the next day when I check, I may find it back at 20Mpbs.

Not loving it at 7:13PM.

Test at 8:09 PM.

Test at 8:48 PM.

Test at 9:15 PM –

Test at 9:45 PM –

Cable Onda is the premier provider if Internet in Panama. If you are moving here and planning on working on the Internet, don’t expect perfection. I am going to bed. Have a good night.

How many different places do you look for something before you decide it’s lost?
Men – 2
Women – 1,768

Ya Gotta Luv The Rainy Season

For me, this is the best time of year in Panama. I love the rainy season. The last few days have had consistent rain and the days have been wonderful.

Luckily the rainy season is longer than the dry season. Lilliam and I get all of our running around done in the morning and have the rest of the day to enjoy the freshness that comes with the rain.

Not that the rainy season doesn’t have its problems. Depending on where you live, it can be a little extreme. I know some bike riders that prefer the dry season. Also, there is always a danger of problems caused by the rain. Sometimes roads become closed, bridges may disappear, there may be landslides, and rivers can overrun their normal boundaries.

When I lived in Boquete, I used to keep a dehumidifier running in the closets to lower the mold problem. I had to pitch all of my VHS tapes and threw out many leather products until I understood the prevention.

Now in David, I don’t have those problems. I can swim in the mornings and watch the rain in the afternoons and my closets don’t require a dehumidifier. It just doesn’t get better than this.

As a side note, I want to thank all the email writers that have written to see if I am OK or if I am planning on closing the blog. My plans are to continue the blog, but I have more than I can keep up with at the moment.

I also am having a problem with my eyes that will require laser surgery and the appropriate machine is not available in Panama to perform the surgery, so it will have to be postponed.

The problem my be seen in my posts because it is more difficult to check my writing and missing letters or misspelled words are easily missed.

I will try to keep the one liners going, but available time will dictate how much I post.

It looks like it is going to be a beautiful day. Go out and enjoy it.

The only thing worse than asking an introvert to elaborate is asking an extrovert to elaborate…

Security Now

When I have time, I enjoy watching the podcast of Security Now on  You Tube. If you are concerned about technology security, this is a good investment of 2 hours a week.

As the world has changed, computers and technology are in every part of our lives. There is almost nothing that you touch or use that is not affected by technology.

I truly do not believe you can move to a foreign country without having a Smart Phone.

I am amazed how often I use Google Maps to find some office or place of interest in David or Chiriquí.

You have to be connected. Not only do you need a phone to call offices or people, but you need them to keep up with your friends and family back in your country of origin. Continue reading Security Now