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Sketchy Characters

December 15th, 2007

The Internet connection in this country, Costa Rica, works slower than mold. There are days I will come up to work on the computer and poof! No Internet in the morning. Again in the afternoon, and on and on.

The Internet, I believe will – and is – changing the world. Living in a developing country and creating a viable income could really only be possible with the Internet. Democracy will grow much faster than mold through the Internet. Voices will connect, and no one can fight the power of souls connecting.

But the sketchy characters will continue to try. Instead of fiberglass lines, we’ve got cable and phone company monopolies. Thus back to our problem in Costa Rica. There’s too many people and not enough lanes of traffic. Sound familiar? The Internet takes planning and thought. It’s sketchy characters that benefit from a quick, short term buck that leave us all clicking that mouse with no results.

I’ve learned it can be a very good thing to be without Internet – our new life addiction. Many of us run to it like we used to dash to the answering machine the moment we walked in the door. Yet listening to a few messages wasn’t quite as time consuming as hours and hours and hours of Internet surfing.

Paradise has it’s bumps; bruises and blemishes. And when I get frustrated and want to scream at the computer, I grab a shot of morning sunshine or watch the stellar moon and listen to the palm trees rustle in the wind and connect on another level.


6 Responses to “Sketchy Characters”

  1. gringojoel on December 22, 2007 10:05 am

    I know what you mean. I own a small hotel in Samara. We have suffered with slow internet and continuous disconnects but we finally got Acelera installed and now even have wireless internet for our guests.
    I think Costa Rica just keeps getting better and better.
    If they would just beef up the police forcees and put the bad guys in prison I would say there is no better place for an ex-pat to live.

  2. Susan on December 22, 2007 5:37 pm

    And for an ex-pat with little kids, I find the ol’US life blended with Costa Rica makes some fabulous people!

  3. wanj on January 30, 2008 8:33 pm

    Reading this little piece made me long for those simple things in life that the computer has taken from us.
    Thank you!

    Now, being that I’m very business minded, why aren’t there more Wifi spots there that charge for faster connections? Or are there?

  4. Susan on February 1, 2008 10:35 am

    Yes. WiFi at Cafe’s have saved me. I also can upload with pretty much consistent success large files at cafes. Although it’s more ideal to stay at home snuggled up in my office, I at least know here in the city, I can get a good connection somewhere. It’s where a laptop becomes almost, I hate to say this, essential. I’m not sure about charging. I’ve just used what’s available and been satisfied.

  5. wanj on February 3, 2008 9:18 pm

    Thank you Susan!
    Would people be willing to pay to stay in their house and get fast connections at the comfort of their homes?

  6. susan on February 4, 2008 2:30 pm

    I know people who do. It’s not cheap and they still have to stay on top of the servers. For me depends on the price. Maybe when the service is equal to the price of all the espressos I buy!

    For more rural people, if in their budget they might. DHL now has a waiting list of like 2 or 3 years, which is not fast but possibly a more reliable server than cable.

    Where O Where is our fiberopticts?

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