Posts tagged broadband

Etisalat Cloud Storage

April 26, 2012, 1:24 p.m. broadband , cloud

Everyone knows about Google Drive by now even though it was announced just a day ago. No one knows about Etisalat's free 25 GB data storage. Well there is a good reason for that, it doesn't really exist. Etisalat claims to give 25gb of free storageToo bad they are going to have to change their broch ...

How accurate is Speedtest.net ?

March 3, 2012, 2:22 p.m. 3.75g , broadband

Once upon a long ago, I used to swear by speedtest.net for broadband speed tests but then I discovered that their test method is not very scientific. Yesterday I aquired a new broadband connection from Etisalat and decided to do a four way speed comparision between Mobitel, Dialog, Lanka Bell and Et ...

Broadband speeds

Dec. 2, 2011, 5:51 a.m. broadband

Sri Lankan broadband speeds have always been pathetic, the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission finally recognized this and attempted to take measures to force Broadband service providers to improve their service. It's been a while since they sent out a few press releases on that subject and been ...

Installing Fedora on the Aspire One (D255)

Dec. 30, 2010, 11:59 a.m. broadband , netbook

Trying to figure out why the Aspire netbook ships with Windows 7 Starter. They could have shaved a little bit off the price by shipping it with linux, Instead of charging extra for a useless OS. They don't need to make us go through the trouble of installing linux on our own. Fortunately installing ...

Content Distribution Networks any good?

July 2, 2010, 11:14 a.m. broadband , cloud

CloudFront, built upon Amazon S3 is a useful cloud hosting solution because there are no monthly commitments. You pay for the bandwidth you use. Well you do end up paying twice for bandwidth unless you are smart enough to use proper cache control mechanisms. Even then CloudFront is probably more sui ...

Broadband speedtest

Oct. 29, 2009, 9:14 a.m. broadband

The other day, an idiot from SLT, tried to convince me that their 512kb/s ADSL line is as fast as a 2048kb/s WiMax link. You can expect people at SLT to make statements like that. Many of them probably hadn't seen a computer till they joined the company. There is a huge shortage of geeks at Telecom ...

ADSL -> WiMax -> WiMax -> ADSL

April 2, 2009, 5:15 a.m. broadband

Once upon a long ago, I was an SLT ADSL subscriber. I was not at all happy with the service and when moving house last year, decided to leave the link behind. What I opted for was a Dialog Broadband WiMax connection. Sadly getting hooked up with them turned out to be a very painfull affair. In frust ...

Submarine cables severed.

Dec. 20, 2008, 1:19 p.m. broadband

The net is crawling once again (as you can see from the stats below). For once I can't put the blame on my Internet Service Provider because a submarine cable (in fact several cables) have been cut off and traffic is being rerouted. Lankabell. My ISP usually relies on Flagtel the company that owns t ...

Broadband speeds in different parts of the world.

Dec. 15, 2008, 7:13 a.m. broadband

After having done a lot of speed tests with Sri Lankan broadband companies, I wondered  if people living in other countries have to suffer through the same problems with their ISPs as well. According to some of the comments posted on previous blog posts apparently they do. really do get the speeds a ...

Mean time between failures.

Dec. 4, 2008, 1:52 p.m. broadband

It's hard to imagine how any ISP anywhere in the world can do worse than Lanka Bell Broadband has done over the past few months. Well Lanka Bell just did! They have outdone themselves, they have jumped from one failure a week to two failures a week. The ink hasn't even dried on my post about Monday ...

Sri Lanka Broadband Speed Comparison.

Dec. 3, 2008, 5:23 a.m. broadband

The following comparisons were done at an office in Peliyagoda where they have two WiMax connections (both 2mbps) attached to the same router. In actual fact the router is a Linux Box with IPTables running and doubles as the mail server for the organization. It has three network cards on it. Maldive ...

SLT ADSL

Dec. 2, 2008, 1:34 a.m. broadband

Today, I am going to do the unthinkable and apply for an SLT ADSL connection. I was a long time ADSL user and found their services to be horrible. Their customer support is unbelievably bad, SMTP servers are frequently listed in blackhole lists and speeds very low.Being disgusted with SLT, I obtaine ...

Someone shoot me

Dec. 1, 2008, 4:20 p.m. broadband

Someone shoot me for being a Lanka Bell Broadband customer. They are offline once again. I seriously doubt if they will fix it anytime soon. Last time they took nearly 2 days to get it back online. ...

Bell WiMax Blazing Speed of 24kbps

Nov. 25, 2008, 3:21 p.m. broadband

Lanka Bell is now Blazing along at 24kbps via satellites. This is a major improvement on what we had less than 12 hours ago when Speedtest.net or any other site simply couldn't be connected to.To be fair though, The speed really isn't that slow. It feels a lot faster for things like reading emails e ...

Yet another lanka bell service outage.

Nov. 25, 2008, 12:12 p.m. broadband

A week does not pass by without Lanka Bell WiMax suffering a massive breakdown. Late last night the service went down. Different from the usual scenario where you just can't establish a PPPoE connection because the PPP server isn't responding. This time the PPP connection is up but you cannot browse ...

Fedora 10 Live Update vs Jigdo Download.

Nov. 20, 2008, 3:14 p.m. broadband , virtualization

The other day, I spoke about upgrading from Fedora 9 to 10 using YUM. The reason that I chose this approach was because I wasn't keen to watch while Azureus or Jigdo painstakingly downloaded the DVD bit by bit. The DVD contains a lot of useful software and it also contains loads of software which I ...

And More Lanka Bell Service Disruptions

Nov. 15, 2008, 2:58 a.m. broadband

Lanka Bell is really outdoing itself. The connection was dropped just after midnight (so says syslog). Fortunately I went to sleep at 11.00PM. Like most geeks the first thing I do in the morning is find out how many junk mails I have recieved overnight, couldn't do that of course because the service ...

No internet for a whole day.

Nov. 13, 2008, 7:53 a.m. broadband

Just a few minutes after I posted a message yesterday about my Lanka Bell Broadband connection dying off (and being restored). It died off again. It has remained dead all this time. I had to connect with my pathetically slow dialog 3g connection to make this post.The first thing I did today was to p ...

Lanka Bell times out again.

Nov. 12, 2008, 10:09 a.m. broadband

Lankabell broadband is going downhill. Pretty soon they will be worse than dialog broadband. Come to think of it they probably already are. DBN in recent weeks have made significant improvements to their service (more on that later). As for Lanka Bell, I was without internet access for a  few hours ...

Misdirected Packets

Nov. 6, 2008, 2:10 a.m. broadband , security

Couple of months ago, I wrote about JoPPP - Junk over PPP. That is seeing a lot of packets on my external interace that shouldn't be there. This interface is connected to my Lanka Bell Wimax antenna. They did fix the issue shortly after I reported it the last time but unfortunately it resurfaced. ...

Normal Service Restored

Oct. 31, 2008, 4:41 a.m. broadband

Well, thankfully the speed of my Lanka Bell Broad Band connection is now back to normal. I don't think I will need to switch to airtel after all.The difference between other providers and bell is that their service is pretty consistent. Both SLT and Dialog Broadband have massive slowdowns between 5- ...

When does airtel get here?

Oct. 30, 2008, 12:06 p.m. broadband

Can't wait for Airtel to start their operations. I am getting quite annoyed with Lankabell broadband. It's now 24 hours since their service went down. Then their restored it nearly 12 hours later. But the speed is only 3% of what it ought to be.So what does one do?SLT is pathetic and Dialog Broadban ...

Who pulled the handbrake?

Oct. 30, 2008, 8:41 a.m. broadband

My downlink of my lankabell broadband connection has suddenly become slower than dialup. This is the kind of speed that I used to see many many years ago when using a 56kbps dialup modem.So far their speeds have been very good. And their service far far more reliable than Dialog or SLT. But two days ...

Lanka Bell Wimax

Sept. 18, 2008, 11:18 p.m. broadband

I rarely have anything good to say about Sri Lankan ISPs. This time I do. My Lanka Bell broadband connection suffered a major slow down a little while ago. I gave it a bit of time to get back to normal but didn't seem like it would do so on it's own. So I called Lanka Bell - Specifically I called Is ...

Bell Speed Issue Fixed.

Sept. 9, 2008, 7:48 p.m. broadband

Earlier, I reported that Lanka Bell had crawled to a halt. Well, they fixed it. In fact they fixed it quite a few days ago but I didn't get around to blogging about it yet.The cause of the speed loss though is a very interesting story....... tell you more on saturday. Have an exam on Friday. Like an ...

Dialog Broadband - The Court Jester.

Sept. 1, 2008, 6:30 p.m. broadband

Dialog Telekom, once the #1 teleco in the country has been reduced to a sad state, they are now occupying the role of court jester , making mistakes at every opportunity adapting the wrong technology, hiring idiots to man their call centers and back rooms. Profits have been steadily declining and it ...

JoPPP

Aug. 28, 2008, 7:49 a.m. broadband , security , weird

We know of PPPoE and POE which are crucial to Wimax implementations that use Alvarian outdoor antennae, but have you ever heard of JoPPP? that's short for Junk over PPP, which is what is passed back and forth over the PPP link when using Lanka Bell WiMax. No wonder it's crawling ...

Lanka Bell Crawls to a halt.

Aug. 28, 2008, 7:15 a.m. broadband

Lanka Bell Wimax has been slower than Dialog but last evening it disappeared all together. Fell off the face of the earth. A connection would be established but you cannot use it, nothing can be pinged, sshed, telneted or fingered. ...

Dialog vs Lanka Bell

Aug. 8, 2008, 8:49 p.m. broadband

I am so fed up with Dialog Broadband's pathetic service that I decided to switch to Lanka Bell instead. Lanka Bell has recently announced WiMax services and already they have signed up more than 250 customers. Dialog on the other hand has less than 2000 inspite of being the first service provider to ...

Fedora 9

June 21, 2008, 12:22 a.m. broadband

Moving to a new house should be accompanied by an upgrade to the operating system. I am yet to upgrade from OS X Tiger to Leopard, but I didn't waste so much time in moving from Fedora 8 to 9.At the new house I have a Wimax connection with a 2mbps downlink and 512 up. In the three weeks I have been ...

SLT ADSL Speed test.

May 14, 2008, 9:12 a.m. broadband

Whatever said and done, Dialog 3g (or rather 3.5g) is much faster than SLT ADSL even when the 3.5 connection is limited by the bottleneck at the bluetooth connection between the mobile and the computer. ...

3g Speed Test

May 12, 2008, 11:34 a.m. broadband

Did a broadband speed test by connecting up by Nokia E51 with bluetooth to my macbook. The net connection is from Dialog Telekom. It's a tech dinosaur that boasts of a 3.5g network. ...

Dialog Telekom Still not getting it right.

March 3, 2008, 11:31 a.m. broadband

Dialog Telkom is slipping.Recently a friend, a Dialog WiMax subscriber moved house. His connection didn't follow him for more than a week. His livelihood like mine depends on been connected. So in desparation he sent an email to the Dialog CEO. With in an hour he had his antenna shifted. This just ...

Faith Restored in Dialog

Nov. 30, 2007, 10:31 a.m. broadband , quadruple play

Finally I have got my Dialog Telekom WiMax connection and I am very happy dialog customer once again. As I understand it this is the first connection given out from the Battaramulla base station. There were several issues in setting up the connection and the installation crew had to labour for two d ...

Faith (Partially) Restored in Dialog.

Nov. 15, 2007, 2:42 a.m. broadband

After my initial disappointment with dialog, things took a dramatic turn for the better. The email I sent to Dr Hans had been acted up. My faith in Dr Hans Wijayasuriya has been restored and I would once again assert that he is indeed the best CEO in the country.Dr Hans had forwarded my mail to Kav ...

WiMax and the decline of Dialog

Nov. 12, 2007, 10:03 a.m. broadband

Update 15-11-2007: please see Faith (Partialy) Restored in Dialog and Faith Restored in DialogDialog Telekom once Sri Lanka's primier Telco is now in slow and stead decline. I have commented about this before but even I didn't realise how bad things have become until I had opportunity to use their W ...

WiMax, ADSL and a Leased Line

Oct. 27, 2007, 10:21 a.m. broadband

There is a local company for whom I do an occasional bit of (free) consulting. They have obtained a Dialog WiMax connection (based on my suggestion) and now I need to set it up for them. If you call the existing network ad hoc that would be painting a too rosy picture. Some of the computers are anci ...

SLT Mail.

Nov. 19, 2006, 7:45 p.m. broadband

Sri Lanka Telecom is a poor excuse for a telecom company. One of the reasons that Sri Lankan ICT infrastructure is lagging so far behind is because SLT used to enjoy a monopoly for such a long time. Even today they have a near monopoly in certain fields. DSL is one of them.The ADSL connections provi ...

SLT listed in Spam Cop.

June 7, 2006, 11:13 p.m. anti spam , broadband

I sent someone a mail a little while ago and it was returned. The mailer daemon at the remote end said the outgoing SMTP server was listed in spamcop. That had me worried.Then I realised that the mail was actually sent through the Sri Lanka Telecom mail server rather than mine. I get DSL services fr ...

dnscache

May 7, 2006, 1:21 a.m. broadband

I had an installation of a caching name server on my computer but it disappeared sometime ago. I can't remember the exact reason might have been a hard disk crash. Here I am doing another installation, cause SLT DNS is hopeless. Before installing dnscache, you have to install daemontools and before ...

FC5 torrent

March 23, 2006, 3:09 a.m. broadband

Finally completed the download for FC5 DVD image. It took little less than 2 days. Though the upload started off very slowly, the speed gradually increased during the evening. Evening coincides with the start of the day in Europe and night time in Colombo is daytime in the US. As more people started ...