• Episode 7: When international travels and household disasters strike

    From Digital Man@VERT to TechDorks on Fri Oct 2 04:43:11 2015
    Stephen and I return from an extended break, longer than anticipated, to discuss our travels and travails during our absence. We hope you enjoy, or at least don't hate it... too much: http://techdorks.net/episodes/techdorks-2015-10-02-ep7.mp3

    digital man

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  • From Nightfox@VERT to Digital Man on Sun Oct 4 14:56:22 2015
    Re: Episode 7: When international travels and household disasters strike
    By: Digital Man to TechDorks on Fri Oct 02 2015 04:43:11

    Stephen and I return from an extended break, longer than anticipated, to discuss our travels and travails during our absence. We hope you enjoy, or at least don't hate it... too much: http://techdorks.net/episodes/techdorks-2015-10-02-ep7.mp3

    Interesting to hear about your travels. China is one country I haven't been to (yet), and it has been a while since I've been in Canada other than for a layover at an airport (usually YVR in Vancouver, B.C.).

    Nightfox

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  • From Digital Man@VERT to Nightfox on Sun Oct 4 19:01:35 2015
    Re: Episode 7: When international travels and household disasters strike
    By: Nightfox to Digital Man on Sun Oct 04 2015 02:56 pm

    Re: Episode 7: When international travels and household disasters strike
    By: Digital Man to TechDorks on Fri Oct 02 2015 04:43:11

    Stephen and I return from an extended break, longer than anticipated, to discuss our travels and travails during our absence. We hope you enjoy, or at least don't hate it... too much: http://techdorks.net/episodes/techdorks-2015-10-02-ep7.mp3

    Interesting to hear about your travels. China is one country I haven't been to (yet), and it has been a while since I've been in Canada other than for a layover at an airport (usually YVR in Vancouver, B.C.).

    Cool. It's nice that work can take me to places I probably wouldn't go on my own. And for China, you need a visa (I'm not sure how that works for tourists). The long flights and car rides suck, and I'm not really a fan of being away from home and the family, but there is a positive side to it for sure.

    digital man

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  • From Nightfox@VERT to Digital Man on Mon Oct 5 07:48:13 2015
    Re: Episode 7: When international travels and household disasters strike
    By: Digital Man to Nightfox on Sun Oct 04 2015 19:01:35

    Cool. It's nice that work can take me to places I probably wouldn't go on my own. And for China, you need a visa (I'm not sure how that works for tourists). The long flights and car rides suck, and I'm not really a fan of being away from home and the family, but there is a positive side to it for sure.

    Yeah, traveling has its plusses and minuses. It definitely can be hard to be away from family; I'm not a big fan of long plane rides myself (mainly because I tend not to be able to sleep on an airplane).
    I have a tourist visa for Brazil, which was fairly easy to get, but the ease
    of getting one probably depends on the country. I was able to apply for & receive the Brazil visa by mail, but from what I've heard, some countries want you to visit their nearest consulate in the US in person to apply/interview for a visa.

    Nightfox

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  • From Poindexter Fortran@VERT to Nightfox on Mon Oct 5 09:14:59 2015
    Re: Episode 7: When international travels and household disasters strike
    By: Nightfox to Digital Man on Sun Oct 04 2015 02:56 pm

    Interesting to hear about your travels. China is one country I haven't been to (yet), and it has been a while since I've been in Canada other than for a layover at an airport (usually YVR in Vancouver, B.C.).

    2600 magazine has a column called "The Telecom Informer"; the author spent the past 2 or so years in China building wireless infrastructures. Interesting to see how telecom evolves nowadays -- instead of running copper wires, they've jumped straight to wireless.

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  • From Mro@VERT to Poindexter Fortran on Mon Oct 5 16:14:52 2015
    Re: Episode 7: When international travels and household disasters strike
    By: Poindexter Fortran to Nightfox on Mon Oct 05 2015 09:14 am

    2600 magazine has a column called "The Telecom Informer"; the author spent the past 2 or so years in China building wireless infrastructures. Interesting to see how telecom evolves nowadays -- instead of running
    copper wires, they've jumped straight to wireless.


    yeah, but wireless is slower than wired.

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  • From Digital Man@VERT to Nightfox on Mon Oct 5 15:55:36 2015
    Re: Episode 7: When international travels and household disasters strike
    By: Nightfox to Digital Man on Mon Oct 05 2015 07:48 am

    Re: Episode 7: When international travels and household disasters strike
    By: Digital Man to Nightfox on Sun Oct 04 2015 19:01:35

    Cool. It's nice that work can take me to places I probably wouldn't go on my own. And for China, you need a visa (I'm not sure how that works for tourists). The long flights and car rides suck, and I'm not really a fan of being away from home and the family, but there is a positive side to it for sure.

    Yeah, traveling has its plusses and minuses. It definitely can be hard to be away from family; I'm not a big fan of long plane rides myself (mainly because I tend not to be able to sleep on an airplane).

    Me too. I made the mistake of a taking a sleeping pill during the return flight of my previous trip to China and all that did was turn my failure to fall and remain asleep into a torture exercise. That's the biggest difference (to me) for first and business class: you can actually fall and stay asleep.

    I have a tourist visa for Brazil, which was fairly easy to get, but the ease of getting one probably depends on the country. I was able to apply for & receive the Brazil visa by mail, but from what I've heard, some countries want you to visit their nearest consulate in the US in person to apply/interview for a visa.

    In my case, the Chinese company I was visiting sponsored the visa and my employer paid a travel/visa agent to file all the paper work and such. I imagine getting a visa for Cuba, Russia, or Syria, might be more difficult. :-)

    digital man

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  • From Deuce@VERT to Mro on Mon Oct 5 15:49:42 2015
    Re: Episode 7: When international travels and household disasters strike
    By: Mro to Poindexter Fortran on Mon Oct 05 2015 04:14 pm

    yeah, but wireless is slower than wired.

    Except when it's not.

    Copper phone lines have a signal bandwidth of about 3kHz. Pretty much all wireless technology has a lot more (802.11b has 22MHz of signal bandwidth).

    Generalizations like "wireless is slower than wired" are simply stupid.

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  • From Deuce@VERT to Digital Man on Mon Oct 5 17:17:35 2015
    Re: Episode 7: When international travels and household disasters strike
    By: Digital Man to Nightfox on Mon Oct 05 2015 03:55 pm

    I imagine getting a visa for Cuba, Russia, or Syria, might be more difficult.

    For us Canadians, a visa to visit Cuba is pretty simple to get. It used to be fairly simple for an American to get one too (don't know about current law), the issue is returning to the USA, not going to Cuba.

    I expect similar for Syria, but different for Russia.

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  • From Nightfox@VERT to Digital Man on Mon Oct 5 19:51:25 2015
    Re: Episode 7: When international travels and household disasters strike
    By: Digital Man to Nightfox on Mon Oct 05 2015 15:55:36

    In my case, the Chinese company I was visiting sponsored the visa and my employer paid a travel/visa agent to file all the paper work and such. I

    Yeah, I imagine it would be easier when you have a company sponsoring you.

    imagine getting a visa for Cuba, Russia, or Syria, might be more difficult. :-)

    :) I've heard the US government has been working on relaxing its relations with Cuba, so it might be easier to visit Cuba in the near future.

    Nightfox

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  • From Mro@VERT to Nightfox on Mon Oct 5 22:37:38 2015
    Re: Episode 7: When international travels and household disasters strike
    By: Nightfox to Digital Man on Mon Oct 05 2015 07:51 pm


    :) I've heard the US government has been working on relaxing its relations with Cuba, so it might be easier to visit Cuba in the near future.


    yeah but cuba isnt all it's cracked up to be.

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