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Tigre Delta

Armed with her new camera, we decided to take a trip to El Tigre Delta, a little upriver from Buenos Aires yesterday.  It’s a beautiful place, a long way from our daily lifestyles.  Hope was expressed that we could spend our summer holidays there this year.

DSC00379.jpgDSC00469.jpgThe Petrol Station

The google map thingy below shows where it is.


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Coppermine vs Gallery

The time came (yesterday) for me to update my Coppermine photo gallery install.  It’s probably been 2 years since I installed it, and no doubt there are many impressive upgrade options that I’m missing.  Well, look I did, and none could I find.  I updated to the latest stable, and essentially everything looks exactly the same to me.

So I had a look around for other similar software.  And thanks to an ILUG post from the few months ago, I found Gallery.  This is a considerable step up from Coppermine, and it’s a lot easier to install/set-up.

Until I can find a nice way of redirecting from Coppermine to Gallery, I’m going to keep both sites running.

My Coppermine Photo Gallery

My Gallery2 Photo Gallery

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How not to run a gsm provider

Personal LogoLiving as I now do in Buenos Aires, I decided it was time for me to get an argentinian mobile. Off down to the shop with me to buy the cheapest prepay mobile they have (costing me a whopping €40), from what I believe is the largest mobile phone operator in the country: Personal Telecom Argentina. In fact this happened many months ago, and since then I’ve been marvelling at just how pathetic a mobile phone operator can be.

  • You can’t send text outside the country. This is not a limitation with my phone package or anything of that sort. It appears that other (read “Irish”) operators simply ignore any sms from Personal. Possibly because of their complete disregard of any gsm standard?
  • If you send a text to a Personal phone from another provider, you will get a successful delivery report immediately, regardless of whether the text was delivered or not.
  • If you send a text from a Personal phone, you will never get a delivery report. I’ve never seen an exception.
  • They seem to have no concept of a time zone. Their gsm servers believe they are in GMT, so any communication with the outside world is off by 3 hours. In short this means that
    • Texts from the outside world appear to have been sent three hours previous
    • Texts to the outside world, if such a thing were possible, would appear to be from three hours in the future
    • If you have a phone that is aware of timezones (most modern phones are), then every time you wander into a Personal coverage area, your time will be set wrong by 3 hours.

There’s lots of other interesting stuff too, some of it bordering on hilarity. For example, my girlfriend and I recently travelled to Ireland (for my sister’s wedding), and, while there, my girlfriend received some texts from home (her phone is also a Personal offering). Each text arrived 100 or so times! We had to turn off the phone at night coz it was so annoying (we could disable any sounds, but we couldn’t stop it’s lights flashing).

Anyway, that’s it. It seems that the argentinians don’t know or care that this is pathetic. There are other mobile phone operators in this country (who, from my limited experience, do a far better job), so I expect market forces will eventually resolve these issues.

In the meantime I should of course complain, but my meagre few words of Spanish would hardly handle the assault … so I blog it :)

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