Slow Speed

By Bryan • china, food, life, nanjing, personal • 6 Nov 2004

I’ve almost got all my photos from last weekend resized, optimized and embedded into my webpage. I was hoping to have them up tonight, but it would seem that my high speed ADSL connection, isn’t really as high speed as I would have hoped. I’d say it is about the same speed as dial up…except I can have it on all the time and not pay anything. I’m pretty sure it shouldn’t be this slow. I’ve tried a number of things…dropping my firewalls, trying different proxies, downloading Maxthon and FireFox webbrowsers…nothing seems to increase the speed. Any ideas from my more computer inclined friends?

So, it is taking a very long time to upload.

There is this Mexican place across from NNU that I’ve had my eye on ever since I arrived. I figure I need satisfy the craving for western food every two weeks, so after I had wrapped things up in the office on Friday, I bounced across the street. As soon as I had the front door opened for me and my jacket and bag collected and saw that the entire staff was wearing suits, I knew this dinner was going to cost me.

It was expensive, but not as much as I thought when I walked through the door. The food was so-so…but who was I kidding…decent Mexican food in China? Maybe I’m being to harsh…the enchiladas I had tasted like any other enchilada’s that I’ve had in the past. It was the serving size…Earl sized…if you know what I mean. And I didn’t get a big bottle of beer, just the small 355 er’. I think that is what irked me the most.

Anyways, the Assistant Manager chatted to me for about 10 minutes while I waited for my food. That’s never happened to me in a restaurant before. I was actually a little uncomfortable. He was trying to get me to stick around for a bit longer. Apparently a Latin dance group was performing later that night, and there was going to be a barbeque out on the patio, dancing, beer, more beer, music…you know, typical party stuff. For a second I actually considered sticking around…it looked like it could have been pretty fun. But then my common sense broke through “Dammit Bryan, what are you? An idiot? Do you have any idea what it would cost you to stay…even for an hour?” Luckily, the place was starting to get a bit busy, and the manager was required else where. I have a really hard time saying no to people, and I’m sure I probably would have got suckered into something.

Cooper, I’m sure if you were with me, you would have made me stay and I would have spent my entire month’s salary runnin’ kamikaze for you.

I ended up buying something from one of the vendors on the way home.

In the little space I had in my luggage, I stored away a few classics that I have been meaning to read for a long time. Nobody ever reads classics unless they are an english major, or unless they have to. I fall into the latter category. I think my english book store oppotunities are slim here, so I thought this would be the ideal opportunity to read works that I otherwise wouldn’t even consider. So I brought along two. The Last of the Mochicans…which I finished on the plane and in the first 2 days I was here and War and Peace, which I dived into several nights ago. I tried reading this once before and got about half way before I grew frustrated with the 500 or so Russian names that I couldn’t pronounce. I’m going to finish it this time. Unlike LOTM, this one is an easy and very interesting read…just can’t let the names and size intimidate you!

You are now all encouraged to call me a loser…I deserve it for that last paragraph.

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3 Responses

  1. Mike

    It all depends on how much bandwidth they allot you. In Noth America, with companies like Bell, you would typically get 1.5Mega bits per second of bandwidth or 3Mbps. However, companies like Net Zero offer “high speed” at 512kbps.

    Basically, cost and infrastructure are the two limiting factors in how much bandwidth companies offer. Noth American customers can buy lots of bandwidth because we lots of fibre optics going almost everywhere now. It is entirely possible that China doesn’t have enough fibre optics in place to offer the customers lots of bandwidth.

    Also, the more fibre optics in place, the cheaper companies can offer more bandwidth(laws of supply and demand).

    On the other hand, because it is free, they may have just decided not to allocate you a lot of bandwidth. It is entirely possible that you may only be allocated 256kbps or even 128kbps.

  2. Mike

    That last paragraph was the last straw. The People’s Military Dictatorship is immediately widrawing all support for your war on the Cockroaches. Our troops can be used better elsewhere, such as beating up on the Empire of Hart.

  3. Bryan

    Thanx Mike,

    I did a speed test last night, and I clocked in a 11kbps……yeah.

    Anyways, it appears to be running faster this morning, so I tried another test…467kbps. I guess it depends on the time of the day…who knows.

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