You would think in 2003 that the Internet would be fast and reliable. Not so much where I live in Sri Lanka. The major and only wired provider Sri Lanka Telecom’s (SLT) ADSL is unusable as I write this.
Around the end of the month the SLT ADSL line starts to suffer. Usually when I change packages it seems to be fine for a few months then my connection seems to drop off constantly.
When I complain 2 guys show up and fiddle with the weather battered and corroded switch-box outside and make it work for a few more weeks.
I gave up a while ago. I’ve been using a Etisalat data dongle as a backup and it seems to be the only option that I have today.
Somebody has to say it. Being a professional in Sri Lanka is hard work. Most of the time you have to deal with people who don’t know what they are doing.
Without ranting on let me lay down a few cases and try to offer some advice (even though it might not be my job to do so).
The A6 from Kurunegala to Dambulla is not so great. There are trains of 5 ton sand trucks (I’m guessing) going to Trinco or Jaffna and back. I like Dambulla but I seriously didn’t enjoy driving up and down on this stretch.
Its getting a bit difficult to work with these power cuts. 3 hours in the middle of the day kills a lot of productivity. This is why I got a Macbook (35 watts) instead of a iMac (300 watts).
Working with less resources and being offline maybe a good thing as well. Makes you focus on what really matters.
Indi is asking: What kind of taxi do you usually take?
I think he is building some kind of social app for taxis. At the moment on his poll meter taxies are winning. Here is what I think about that.
I voted for meter taxies too. Its the obvious choice there. If you call for a car or van from a cab company you have to wait, they have to figure out where you are and you have to wait a bit more.
And when the car or van comes its usually in crap condition. The cab companies have ‘packaged’ out plans these days so if you don’t fall into a plan you pay more for less.
Meter tuks are almost everywhere now. So its the obvious choice. You don’t have to haggle on price and you get a decent service. You see what you are spending and there is no magic thug pricing when you reach your destination.
When you are in an unknown place if you had a choice between a meter tuk and a non-metered tuk I would bet you would take the metered one. That’s because even if you don’t know the guy the meter levels out the unknown.
My bet is meters will become the normal because its better.