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15 thoughts on “Friday – 8 Jul 2011

  1. OK, the ants problem first. My husband picked up about 3 ant traps at the dollar store to take to the Philippines. That’s where we were for 5 weeks, JJ. More on this later. I was amazed at how well they work!!!

    They’re round tin cans about 2.5″ in diameter with evenly-space holes at the sides. You place them on the surface where the ants are either crawling in single file or running around rioting. I stood around watching for a couple of minutes but it was like watching paint drying so I gave up. But next time I looked, they were gone! I have to find out how they work.

    Now for wi-fi or wireless fidelity, they’rre slick. And very easy to hook up to your modem or whatever you’re using. I think the more people using that particular router, the less bandwidth each one gets, thus the more people on it, the slower it gets. The free wi-fi at Manila international advises a max of ten users. Although the instruction tells you to place it in an open centra location, the one I have at home [a Linksys, too!] is in a closed room to keep the cats out. I have no problem using a laptop anywhere in the house.

    About laptops, I never travel without one. Specially since the major airports are now providing free wireless access. For about 3 years I used the little touchpad to navigate until the light came one; I’ve used a mouse since. The power adapter that comes with it can be used with 220V or 110V.

    1. Great, where’s the closest Dollar Store to me? Oops! I think it is in like LA.
      Okay so I don’t have wi-fi and I know it means ‘wireless fidelity’ now.
      Yeah I think that when I get to the US, I’ll be buying a laptop, and will double check the power adapter, just in case.

      1. The ant traps, JJ, are also sold at Robinson’s in Tac. We bought some more there so you don’t have to cross the pond to get them. 🙂

        1. Cool. We will be going to Robinson’s in early November.
          I just informed Lita and she is tired of the ants, so we definitely will be looking for those.
          We’ve also got a recipe for some homemade ant/bug killer that has been tested and works well.

  2. Like Scott we have a linsky router and very easy to hookup
    as i am not to savy with these computers.scott has a good idea useing router as a way to make some income.I think a tourist would rather use your wifi than go to a internet cafe in calbayog,i have used them and they are crowded.the
    computers in the PI are about 30% or more than in the USA in fact almost any electronic devise is like that.You cant buy one of the old heavy TV here anymore in fact you cant evan give them away,they still sell them in the PI and the flat screen TV are much more expensive than here.but then you have to deal with the 110 to 220 volt thing.

    1. Thanks for the input Wayne. With both of y’all endorsing that Linsky router, I’ll have to look into it at least. I wonder how many other computer can hook up to it at one time? I told you, I don’t know anything about router, never used one. There’s your answer on the price of computers in the Philippines Scott, about 30% more. I was thinking about changing my whole computer and just getting a new one that uses 220, but never mind now. I don’t even remember what we paid for our TV, but it’s a 40′ flat screen (I think). Some details I don’t care about. Lita said she wanted that TV and it was better priced than most of the others around, so we got it.

      1. John at my brothers place in alaska there were three of us useing laptops at the same time,he has the same router that scott and i were talking about.

        1. Well I’ll check, but I doubt if it would be worth the trouble around here because I just found out that the Ciriaco does have wi-fi.

  3. We have a linsky’s router, i just checked they start about 20 bucks on amazon. easy to use. plug it in a usb port. click your wi-fi button on your laptop enter password and your off. Idea for you. if you password protect it and your router is close to lolykat. you can sell the password to customers who have laptops and would like to use wi-fi. Just like starbucks here. I have no idea how many internet cafes you have in your area or if the locals even own computers. But if you pay 20 for a router, a buck or two for a sign. and over the next year 21 “tourists” or what ever happen by and want to check there email. it just paid for its self lol.

    1. Well in this immediate area I don’t believe there are any Internet Cafes, but there are plenty of them downtown. The going price is P30 (.71) per hour. I guess if I could get someone to show me, I could do that. Few people that I know here have computers. Quite a few know how to operate them, they just can’t afford them. Actually one of my nephews has been wanting to open an Internet Cafe here for awhile now. None of us can afford that yet, but your idea could work, when I figure it out. I’m sure with the largest hotel on the island right across the street with all kinds of foreigners visiting there, someone is going to need wi-fi. Router would be close to LolyKat, but through a concrete wall. Something to consider, but I’d have to buy a laptop first I guess. Heck I don’t even know what wi-fi stands for.

      1. I dont know either, “wireless-something” i guess. the signal will go through walls easily. or even get a long enough coax and play the router in a different location from the main computer. Signals pretty strong also. heck charge P40 for an all day password. Make some extra cash, AND you can sit under a tree and blog lol

  4. Question. What are the prices like on computers and such there. You keep mentioning not being able to use the computer becuase of lack of a fan. I plan on having a base computer, hook up a router to it. So that way i can take a laptop outside in the shade or where ever using wi-fi. Just a thought.

    1. I haven’t checked into the price of any computer here yet. I hope that the place you get your house will have some nice shade and a cool breeze, mine doesn’t, not really.
      We do have the patio area, but there are usually a lot of people around there. In LolyKat I could use the fan in there, but customers would interrupt me often. I’ve often though about having a laptop to travel with, but I’ve never owned one and I’m not sure I’d even know how to hook it up to a router anyway. Of course a laptop would come in handy during the brown outs as long as I didn’t need the Internet, because that goes out too during brown outs at the main office.

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