Tag Archives: Technology

The Big Three

When it comes to technology, the big three are Apple, Google, and Microsoft. While IBM is still huge, if you ask most people, it will not be the first technology company they think of.

Google just had a large conference in California called Google IO 2017. A while back Microsoft had their show and next month Apple will have their developer’s conference.

I watched both Microsoft’s and Google’s events and will watch Apple’s next month (June 5th).

I thought I would share my thoughts about what I see happening.

First, lets consider the genetics of the three companies. Continue reading The Big Three

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.

Continue reading What’s Up With Cable Onda Day 3

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.

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.

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

The Music Lives On

For several months now i have been consumed by a project that I hope is in the home stretch.

Today I took a break. I mentioned in the previous post that the migration to Android and away from Apple has opened up some challenges.

It reminded me that I missed being able to use Apple TV to play all the music CDs that I have on my MacBook Pro. I used to use the Apple TV and it would play all my music across my house network through my stereo.

When I moved to Amazon Fire Devices, I lost that ability. The last post made me wonder what would happen to all my music. I decided to move it so it is accessible to all my Android devices including my Pixel phone and home network.

To do that, I created a desktop folder and named it Music. I then browsed my Apple laptop and found the folder where Apple stored all my CDs and drug the music files to the Music desktop folder.

I then created a folder, called Music, on my Android Drive. Android Drive is the equivalent of Apples’s iCloud storage.

Next I drug Desktop Music folder to the Android Drive.

Voila!

Now I have all my music avail to all my Android devices.

The music lives on.

Once You Drink The Poison

Several years ago I left the Microsoft family and moved to Apple. It all began because I could not get my Windows PC to sync with my Windows phone ( a Samsung phone using a Windows OS) for contacts.

I moved to Apple iPhone, Apple MacBook, Apple iPad, etc. I drank all the Kool-Aid. The world was a happy place.

However, Apple has changed since the death of Steve Jobs. It has narrowed its focus with the MacBook pro and I consider the new MacBooks to be aimed at artists and away from the general use and the prices are more out of sight.

Recent Window’s Laptops have shown much more innovation. Continue reading Once You Drink The Poison

Pixel and Me – 1 Month + later.

I have been using my Google Pixel for over a month now. With each day, I appreciate it more. It is the only brand, in the Android fleet, that truly competes with the Apple iPhone. Yes, Sony and Samsung have premium devices that are great phones, but they lack one thing. That is direct, immediate support from Google with the OS.

I think Google rushed the phone to market a little early and that is the reason it is missing the waterproofing that it gets knocked for. I’m not bothered by not having it. There is the the lack of waterproofing, but I like the build and finish.

If there is a downside to the Android OS, it is that it is a more open operating system than Apple’s IOS and you can truly tailor your device to your personality. By being able to tailor it, you can also install some software that isn’t safe, if you don’t know what you are doing. If you install software that doesn’t come from Google’s Play Store, you cant be sure if you are loading a valid copy or not.

I think Android is plenty usable without tailoring, but there is that flexibility. If you only download software from Google Play Store, then the apps should be as safe as apps from Apple’s App store.

Another caution to mention is that there are so many Android phone brands out there and they are not all equally supported. In today’s world a properly maintained computer has a chance of keeping bad things out. Make no mistake, today’s smart phones are computers and you need to pay attention to security.

Back to my experience with my Google Pixel. Continue reading Pixel and Me – 1 Month + later.

Moving to Panama – Technology Cons

This is the second post on technology’s role for people moving to Panama.

In this post I will focus on some of the dangers that technology poses for those that are new to using technology.

Passwords

Let’s start with the most obvious. The technology I am talking about requires the Internet to be useful. Connecting to the Internet will require an email address and an email account requires a password.

This is the first point of failure for most people. They don’t realize how important it is to have a hardened secure password. I have written several posts that cover the password subject and won’t cover the topic in detail here. A search on this blog for “passwords” will bring up old posts.

I will summarize what I have previously written as follows. All sites and emails requiring a password should have unique passwords. If you are using the same password for multiple things, you are already in danger. Continue reading Moving to Panama – Technology Cons

Moving to Panama – Some Technology Pros

The largest amount of people moving to Panama are part of the senior citizen population. As I have mentioned on multiple occasions, I believe to live safely and to enjoy the move to Panama, a modicum of technology will be required.

However, we are living in the most dangerous time to be a novice with technology. There in is the dilemma. You can’t get by without it and yet you are going to have to learn things that can be a little complex with a brain that is slowing down.

I am going to break this topic into to parts. This part will be the Pro part of technology and tomorrow’s post will cover the Con portion.

Technology Benefits – When moving to a foreign country.

My feeling is that the majority of people moving to Panama are individuals or couples. A smaller amount are families with children. That means that the people moving here have most of their friends and family back in their country of origin. Continue reading Moving to Panama – Some Technology Pros