#1 2012-12-09 16:55:47

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I have the best internet connection! Anywhere.

In case you were wondering where I disappeared to these past 3 months.  I will leave it to you to guess what country I'm in. I'll give you hint: It's been in the news a LOT lately.

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#2 2012-12-09 17:54:27

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Re: I have the best internet connection! Anywhere.

You could try TCP Optimizer to solve those latency problems. What's your internet connection? A 56 kbit/s line? tongue

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#3 2012-12-09 21:05:06

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Sloop wrote:

In case you were wondering where I disappeared to these past 3 months.  I will leave it to you to guess what country I'm in. I'll give you hint: It's been in the news a LOT lately.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5rzxavs62spfr … .55.19.png

Perhaps, there is a problem with Internet connection in Zimbabwe or whence you came...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsNaR6FRuO0

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Oh, is this Sandy's outcome on the infrastructure?

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#4 2012-12-09 23:28:43

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Re: I have the best internet connection! Anywhere.

you went to gaza?

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#5 2012-12-10 00:51:36

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At least gaza got internet better than this..
I have 4 mega speed and ping sucks

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#6 2012-12-10 01:13:11

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LOL me2

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#7 2012-12-10 05:05:08

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North Pole!?!?

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#8 2012-12-10 05:48:36

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Re: I have the best internet connection! Anywhere.

I live in Washington state so Sandy wasn't over there.  But I've been in Egypt for the last 3 months. I think the biggest problem is just the ISP.  I've been volunteering at a school here and this is as good as their internet connection gets. There's not much I can do about it.

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#9 2012-12-10 05:56:36

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Sloop wrote:

I live in Washington state so Sandy wasn't over there.  But I've been in Egypt for the last 3 months. I think the biggest problem is just the ISP.  I've been volunteering at a school here and this is as good as their internet connection gets. There's not much I can do about it.

Lame.

North Pole would have been more interesting.

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#10 2012-12-10 06:51:42

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Sloop wrote:

I live in Washington state so Sandy wasn't over there.  But I've been in Egypt for the last 3 months. I think the biggest problem is just the ISP.  I've been volunteering at a school here and this is as good as their internet connection gets. There's not much I can do about it.

Could you write an article about this?

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#11 2012-12-10 07:10:12

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At least gaza got internet better than this..
I have 4 mega speed and ping sucks

4 Mbit/s is too low nowadays but I also have some problem with my Internet connection: limited bandwidth and expensive fares by the ISP. For example, I have fiber cable to the building and Ethernet connection to my home PC from the router but my ISP is limiting 100 Mbit/s to 40 Mbit/s and I am paying about 18 Euro per month. For example, how much does it cost in Westbank, Israel?

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#12 2012-12-10 07:58:46

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Could you write an article about this?

Write an article about what??

Sunshine wrote:

Lame.

North Pole would have been more interesting.

Yeah, next time I head up there I'll let you know wink

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#13 2012-12-10 08:08:20

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nämeless wrote:

Could you write an article about this?

Write an article about what??

About your trip to Egypt as a volunteer.

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#14 2012-12-10 10:30:28

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The highest speed in west bank is 8 mega......
IN Israel about 60 mega i guess its cheap
But westbank... i pay 149 shekls per month nearly about 29 euros for 4 mega speed

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#15 2012-12-10 11:26:51

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I can get 80 Mbit/s Internet connection only in 2013. Fuck my ISP, it makes me think that I live in Banana Republic. sad

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#16 2012-12-10 12:06:33

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lol by internet seems like croatia is better standard than russia tongue but its not...

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#17 2012-12-10 12:14:18

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lol by internet seems like croatia is better standard than russia tongue but its not...

Sorry, what?

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#18 2012-12-10 13:51:06

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Sloop wrote:
nämeless wrote:

Could you write an article about this?

Write an article about what??

About your trip to Egypt as a volunteer.

Sure, I could.  For what?


There are two internet lines that come into the school here and their combined total is 1 Mbit/s lol

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#19 2012-12-10 13:55:07

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Re: I have the best internet connection! Anywhere.

you all loosers, I pay ~0.08 euro per day for 4 Mb/s
and I able switch to 40 Mb just like this, paying ~0.25 for a day, Im not have to pay for whole mounth anyway.
also i can stop using internet and the paying while this period will not be count
I have here maybe 10 anykind ISPs, or even more, they call constantly and takes offers on and on, and when i ask where they did get my number, never do get an answer..

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#20 2012-12-10 13:59:41

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Sloop wrote:

Write an article about what??

About your trip to Egypt as a volunteer.

Sure, I could.  For what?

For me and for the others. I guess, as the matter to be involved for free of charge and only for a good cause, it deserves to be appreciated.

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#21 2012-12-10 14:12:11

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you all loosers, I pay ~0.08 euro per day for 4 Mb/s

4 Mb/s is about 32 Mbit/s and about 2.4 Euro per month. Don't make me laugh.

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#22 2012-12-10 14:14:07

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joint wrote:

you all loosers, I pay ~0.08 euro per day for 4 Mb/s

4 Mb/s is about 32 Mbit/s and about 2.4 Euro per month. Don't make me laugh.

4Mb/s is about 4Mbit/s tongue

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#23 2012-12-10 14:14:31

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joint wrote:

you all loosers, I pay ~0.08 euro per day for 4 Mb/s
and I able switch to 40 Mb just like this, paying ~0.25 for a day, Im not have to pay for whole mounth anyway.
also i can stop using internet and the paying while this period will not be count
I have here maybe 10 anykind ISPs, or even more, they call constantly and takes offers on and on, and when i ask where they did get my number, never do get an answer..

ah that free market competition, you must love it tongue

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#24 2012-12-10 14:19:36

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nämeless wrote:
joint wrote:

you all loosers, I pay ~0.08 euro per day for 4 Mb/s

4 Mb/s is about 32 Mbit/s and about 2.4 Euro per month. Don't make me laugh.

4Mb/s is about 4Mbit/s tongue

A special "jointish" measure of amount of information. smile

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#25 2012-12-10 14:23:11

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ah that free market competition, you must love it tongue

I do )))
nameless, big B=bytes; b=bits

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#26 2012-12-10 16:30:27

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Probably, I was wrong. Everybody is wrong cause there is no official and generally accepted standard for these measures of amount of information. I will try to explain:

Mega = 1000 * 1000 = 10^6;
Megabyte = 10^6 Bytes;

Binary:

Megabyte = 1024 * 1024 = 2^20 = 1048576 Bytes;

Linux, for example, using MiB (sounds like Mebibyte) to prevent a mistake.

Mebibyte = 1024 Kibibytes. smile

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#27 2012-12-10 16:57:54

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thanks for the explanation, nameless wink
a joke: what diffrent between the beginner IT-man and the "finished"?
the beginner think that 1 kB its 1000 bytes, and the finished think that 1 km its 1024 meters xD

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#28 2012-12-10 18:25:11

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For me and for the others. I guess, as the matter to be involved for free of charge and only for a good cause, it deserves to be appreciated.

I thought you were asking something else.  Ok, here it goes:

My university (Walla Walla University) sends 50-100 students out each year all around the world as volunteers.  I decided that I wanted to do this for a year.  This spring I decided to go to Egypt to work at an English school (Nile Union Academy) just outside of Cairo.  I am here with 13 other Americans (2 from my school) and a number of local Egyptian staff.  This school depends on volunteer teachers each year to function.

The students spend 5 years at this high school. The first year focuses mostly on learning English.  After graduation, some of the students travel to other countries to continue their education: USA, Philippines, Lebanon, Australia, etc.

After arranging everything over the summer I left for Egypt the end of August.  School started the first of September and gets out in early June.  I am teaching several math classes to the first and second year students.  This is definitely interesting because many of them didn’t speak any English when the first arrived and I didn’t speak any Arabic.  I have mostly been focusing on basic math concepts because they don’t seem to have much of a foundation in math yet.

The school is on about 30 acres of land.  The rest of the land that isn’t used for the buildings is farmed.  I am working with the farm manager and helping to supervise students.  This too has proved to be a difficult task.  Many of the students have no work ethic and the farm manager is a very stubborn guy.  In the States I have lived on an orchard for the past 12 years.  My father trained me well in areas of hard work and perseverance.  I have also learned a lot about farming.  Here in Egypt I have tried to pass some of this knowledge on to the farm here.  I’m still working but I feel like we are using farming techniques for the 18th century.   

Sometimes I feel like my brain is wasting away because I don’t have anything to study.  I am studying mechanical engineering and taking a year off makes me miss studying (only a little bit though).  If I don’t learn anything else here it is definitely teaching me patience, self-control, and perseverance.  I am also building some great friendships with the students and staff members here.  It will be sad to leave them all in June as I may never see many of them again. 

Although I have visited many countries around the world I have never lived long term in another country besides the US.  It is definitely a new experience.  Every day is an adventure.  I miss the efficiency of transportation in the US.  It takes a few hours just to travel 20 km here.  I am also amazed by the amount of trash everywhere.  There is no such thing as a garbage collecting service here.  Just throw it out in the streets and push it into piles and burn it when it gets to be too big.  On the campus we make a distinct effort to keep the place clean and trash free.  It is a very nice relief to come from outside the campus through the gate inside.  The air is much cleaner and it is a nice quiet atmosphere.

A few weeks ago, shortly after the president made his announcement that he had the ultimate decision in everything, a friend and I were down in Heliopolis near the presidential palace.  Besides seeing a number of military everything seemed normal.  I hadn’t been back to the area until Sunday.  We were getting our visas renewed and on the way back we drove past the palace.  Given everything that was in the news about it I figured it would look pretty crazy.  Nope, I couldn’t even tell that anything had happened.  There were no tanks, no barb wire, just some graffiti on the walls.  They must have worked pretty fast to clean the place up.  The school is about an hour from Heliopolis.  It used to be away from the city but towns have sprung up around it.  It is located in a poor town called Gabal Asfar.  I have never felt unsafe out here and the people don’t bother to waste their time protesting here.

Well, that’s about all I have to say right now.  I’m sure that by the time I leave I will have many more stories and experiences to keep with me for a lifetime.

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#29 2012-12-10 20:28:29

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nice experience smile
keep it up and goodluck with the trash tongue

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#30 2012-12-11 06:37:29

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I totally agree with Denny, very nice experience. The only thing I didn't understand is who was in charge of your security? Nowadays, Egypt pretends to be a democracy State but I know there are some areas in Egypt where the people know nothing about humanity, human right principles and tolerance because of their radical Islamic points of view.

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