RM700,000 for Broadband!

30 05 2010

While we are all complaining that broadband service charges in Malaysia are one of the most expensive in the region, this pensioner in Great Britain had a shock of her life when she asked British Telecom (BT) to quote her for providing internet broadband connection to her house. here is an excerpt from an article I read on Yahoo.

BT this week sank to a new low this week when it quoted a Welsh pensioner £150,000 to install broadband in her rural home near Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

When she received the quote, the pensioner, Beverley McCartney, could have been forgiven for thinking that instead of helping her to join the information super-highway, BT was planning on building an actual highway to her home.

BT attempted to justify the charges, telling the BBC that “in very rare cases, additional charges need to be applied because of an exceptional amount of work required to the network in order to provide service”. It added that there it was working hard to find solutions for the “relatively few” areas of Wales still unable to access broadband.

Needless to say, Mrs McCartney – who stressed she did not live in the wilderness, or on top of a mountain – will not be taking BT up on their kind offer to fund £8,000 of the bill if she met the rest of the costs.

For the full article, just click here.

£150,000 translates to just over RM700,000 at today’s exchange rate! So our internet service providers are not too bad in comparison.  The complexity of  terms and their misuse, allows internet providers to market their product easily. My colleague had just recently subscribed to a wireless internet service package called 6G (don’t confuse yourself with 3G). At first he said he was getting superfast download speeds until sometime at the end of the month when his internet connection slowed down to a crawl. he asked me why this was the case. To his horror, I told him that his service provider neglected to tell him that the package he signed up for allows him to download only 6 Gigabytes of data at the advertised connection speeds. After the limit is exceeded his speed would be “throttled” down to a mere fraction of what he signed up for until the next month.

So before you sign up for any new package, ask all the pertinent questions and make sure the area where you live is guaranteed coverage otherwise the services might default to a lower speed that what you signed up for.

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Tailstrike!

24 05 2010

For an aviator, the transition of his aircraft from ground to air and visa versa can be one of the most stressful times in the whole flight. There are so many things to do and look out for in a span of a short time. One small mistake can mean the loss of the aircraft and all onboard. Some, like the pilot of this unfortunate aircraft will make that mistake that he or she (and all onboard) will be able to walk away from.

A “tailstrike” is an where an aircraft’s tail hits the ground while attemping the transit from ground to air. It happens when the pilot flying applies too much elevator causing the aircraft to over rotate. This spectacular picture of a United Airlines 747-400 tailstrike was taken by a Sydney airport staffer who happened to be indulging in his hobby, taking pictures of aircraft. You’d have to be extremely lucky tobe at the correct palce and time to have taken such a photo. This is what makes this picture so spectacular.

The aircraft, a 747-400 registratered  N128UA was taking off enroute back to San Francisco when this incident occured. The pilot of the aircraft levelled off at 8000 ft and dumped fuel over the Tasman Sea before returning to Sydney airport. After temporary repairs were made, the aircraft took off 4 days later for Busan, Korea on the 11th of May for permanent repairs.

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Little Cute Drummer Boy

17 05 2010

A few days ago I posted a blog about a very talented pianist in the United States Of America. And today I am amazed of the talents found in my own backyard. I found this on the net today. This young boy is hardly out of his diapers, much less toilet trained! I give to you Howard Wong. Apparently this video was shot in a shopping mall somewhere in Penang! Check out how he drops one of his drumstick at 2.30 minutes and manages to great save witha cheeky smile.

I just love all his facial expressions. What showmanship and he’s only 3 years old. Yup, that’s right, Howard is only THREE. A real pro in the making. Let’s just hope the politicians and so called ‘do gooders’ keep their hands off of him.





Paparazzi

13 05 2010

Greyson Micheal Chance’s tribute to Lady Gaga on the Piano. This boy has definitely got talent and a beautiful voice to suit. At forst I thought he was just doing a piano rendition of “Paparazzi” until I heard that baritone voice. Very few people his age has a voice that deep.

Great performance huh?





Saved by his ears

6 05 2010

Could your ears hold you up?  Well apparently, one boy’s ears stood up rather well for him and saved his life! And itt’s not often that an organ of yours does so. I mean how many of us could honestly say, “My little pinky saved my life’ ?

When his grandfather left Ming Ming sleeping alone at home while he went on a short errand, the 6 year old boy woke up and somehow fell out the window of his apartment. But a metal grill, commonly seen attached to the outside  of apartments in China (and Hong Kong where I used to work), arrested his fall. Ming Ming’s head was literally an ear too wide to make it through the metal grills protecting the window of the aprtment. Otherwise he would have fallen to a certain death.

I’ll bet that most of those who read this would try pushing up on thier ears to test thier strengh! Don’t be shy, I did it. hahahaha!