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Holding out
January 15th, 2007 posted by JB under From The Admin

Two things: one, we’re still having several more weeks of crappy online access; and two, despite that, I’ve snatched up something nice: a stronger “community-building” feature.

First things first. The unbearable crappiness of our present Internet connection. When the telecom guy told me a week ago that large areas in Asia, especially those who’ve had previously enjoyed the bliss of broadband connection, are still going to live in the Dark Ages till the end of February, my knee-jerk reaction was nervous laughter. I wasn’t sure if the guy was just one of those “techies” who love to power trip at the expense of the rest of us non-uber-geeks. So I asked, “You’re joking, right?”

But he said, like one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, that he’s so serious he’s already shitting in his pants.

The other day, I realized why when I saw this update from AFP, which basically details why the repair seems to be taking too long. It also mentions some interesting facts:

1. Fiber optic cables are each merely 21 millimeters in diameter.

2. Those cables are submerged 2.5 miles deep underwater.

3. There are eight separate cable systems in waters off Taiwan, and each of those cable systems take 10 days to repair. I won’t even do the math; it’s already frustrating.

That’s why I’ve been somehow holding out. If it’s too much hassle to even make the site’s page load nicely on the browser, it’s sheer insanity to keep on pushing everybody to make its content rich. So the shining things I said here, they won’t be happening yet at least till early March.

But all these not-very-good-things notwithstanding, we’ve managed to include a little more community-building feature. What you see now on the sidebar is the MyBlogLog community for the Adamsonian. What it simply means is that now you’re no longer invisible — you can post photos, say richer things about yourself, “talk” directly to other members via its “Leave Message” feature. To quickly join, click on View Community on the sidebar, or register directly here.

For the first time, both active Adamsonian bloggers and users who simply read stuff can operate on the same level. Can you imagine this? You can engage in discussion on the blog, also on the forum, but now, you can also get to know more about those you converse with. We’ve just made things a bit more exciting. Register now and upload your photos so that everybody else can see you.

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[ # 42 ] Comment from arteako [January 15, 2007, 3:21 pm]

pasaway na mga cable yan. nauubos callcard ko kakatwag sa anak ko ende naman ako maka connect.

anyhoo, sali akong forum. teka lang hanap ako ganda picture.

oy, jb me premyo ba pag super ganda picture? bwahahahah!!!

have a good day everyone! it’s freenzin cold here in south korea so am going to try to have one =>

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