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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Technology in Trinidad [again]

So, today was supposedly my Comptia A+ Certification Operating Systems Technology Exam at SBCS. When i arrived, though, i received a call stating that the online system [that i was supposed to use to sit my exam] was down.

Now, I don't know if the problem lay on SBCS's side or Comptia's, I am not insinuating that SBCS's is at fault, nor am i complaining about their quality of service [the staff at the testing center were actually quite pleasant, helpful and apologetic with regards to the situation].

I'm just awing at the irony of the situation: "I'm going to 'write' an exam on how to fix computers, and the system that I'm going to write the exam on is down."

For all i know it could have been a pebkac error! I was very much tempted to jump in, troubleshoot, fix the damn thing for myself, and do my exam...but i thought it wont be my place...and i may be escorted off the campus.

Monday, November 27, 2006

will work for bandwidth

Well. My modem is intermittently working, with static on the line and fluctuating bandwidth with a range of a whopping 28.8 kbps to the astonishing speeds of 6.2 kbps!

Believe me i've tried to get DSL, but due to my location, the quality would be significantly degraded.

You know those t-shirts that say "will work for bandwidth" - i feel exactly like that. Anyone out there hiring?

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Satellite Speed Internet [sounds yummy]

"The town of Rindge, N.H., is just 70 miles from Boston, but to telephone and cable companies it might as well be at the end of the earth. Many of the towns 5,500 residents cannot get broadband Internet access from the providers in the area, Verizon and Pine Tree Cable, even though communities nearby have had the service for years." - [With a Dish, Broadband Goes Rural by Ken Belson]

I don’t want to say that I live in the bush, but, I live in the bush. I guess I should stop bickering, now that I see: this country is not the only one that suffers the woes of technology inaccessibility and broadband starvation [yes, this has become the 8th Plague of Revelation]. But at least other countries with the same plight are trying, with solutions like broadband satellite and broadband over power line, to get connected.

I see, in some way, we are getting there, with companies like LISA, Greendot, and TSTT [EVDO], who are starting to offer wireless broadband solutions. But these solutions, as helpful as they may be, are still limited in this country due to the landscape [mountains hinder communication - physically, not metaphorically].

We’re expanding, but not fast enough. Broadband companies have to up their game, or they may be left behind by those major satellite companies, like Wild Blue.