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Happiness Is A Server Level Spam Filter...

Internet & Technology By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The other day I was talking to a friend and he was discussing the problems he was having in Panama with regards to his business, paying someone to manage computer issues for him, and other general computer stuff. The discussion came around to email servers and spam filtering software. I've got it good. Since www.panama-guide.com is hosted on a dedicated server, I also have a dedicated email server with excellent spam filtering software installed at the server level. Over the past couple of days I've finally gotten around to playing with it, and have taken the time to create a whole string of rules and filters to zap incoming spam directly into the waste bin. Now, you can send me spam exactly once, because as soon as I get it and recognize it as spam, I'm adding the filters so that I'll never see it again. Ever. Ah, life is good when you've got your own dedicated server. And, it doesn't take much to make a geek happy...

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Panamanian company gets contract for free Internet

Internet & TechnologyBy Luis M. Blanco for the Panama America - Liberty Technology Corp. won the contract for the installation and maintenance for the next five years of the international network to access the internet, solicited by the Panamanian government to begin its installation within the first 100 days of their administration, a source within the Presidency of the Republic confirmed to Panama America. Bids were received on 28 August and were ranked according to three criteria; coverage, speed of installation, and the robustness of the network provider, not the price offered, as explained by Rafael Perez, coordinator of communications policy of the state. Liberty won with an implementation cost of $6.9 million and a monthly recurring cost of $ 310,000 for a total of $ 25.5 million. Fidanque Brothers and Sons offered an implementation cost of $1,155,000 and a recurring cost of $158,500 ($10.6 million), while Cable & Wireless, Panama, proposed a $5 million cost of implementation and $400,000 in monthly recurring costs for the first year, and a table for the following, but this has not been included in the order published. According to the source, according to a consideration of the established weighted parameters, Liberty scored 89 points, Cable & Wireless 84 and Fidanque 78 points.
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Free Online Computer Monitor Screen Cleaner

Internet & Technology By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I'm glad my mom sent me this free online computer screen cleaner. You know what a pain in the ass it is to clean your computer screen sometimes. I mean, here in Panama City there's so much dust and pollution in the air, and the screen generates a positive charge so the dust is attracted to it, so every little piece of dust or lint gets stuck on the screen. Anyway, this is going to come in real handy...

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Telecommunications Security Law Passes First Debate

Internet & Technology By: Kathyria Caicedo for Telemetro Reporta - The Governance Committee of the National Assembly approved in the first debate the draft bill for Law 28, telecommunications security, which will now pass to the full Assembly for approval in the second and third debate before becoming law. The draft bill was approved almost in its entirety, except for an article that included a requirement to keep a log and register of missed calls. The Deputies decided to require telephone companies to only make records of those calls that are actually connected. Act 28 obligates telecommunications companies that operate fixed and mobile services to collect and retain data from their users, as well as other provisions. The Government and Justice Minister, Jose Raul Mulino, who introduced this bill was present throughout the discussion, which has been quite controversial.
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Fiber Optic Cable Break Causes Collapse Of All .pa Websites Nationwide

Internet & TechnologyBy Elizabeth Garrido A. for La Prensa - A break in the fiber optic cables that communicate with NIC Panama - the entity responsible for maintaining all registration records for websites with the .pa extension - to the Internet is what was causing all of these websites to be offline. This information was confirmed to La Prensa by the administrator of NIC Panama, Edna Jaén, who added that the break occurred yesterday, Sunday, and immediately they alerted Cable & Wireless in Panama to repair the damage. Jaen added, however, the problem is that there was another breakage in the cables of Global Crossing that are also being repaired. Due to the inability of NIC Panama to communicate with the Internet, all of the web sites that have the .pa extension "are down nationwide" said Jaen. Faced with this situation NIC Panama is using "secondary" connections to provide service at least to international customers, but intermittently. Still all of the web sites that use the .pa at a national level are affected, which is why no one can access the websites of the Government of Panama, including the Presidency of the Republic, the University of Panama, and Panama Compra. Employees of Cable and Wireless are working to repair the fiber optic cables in order to restore service, but it is unknown when the problem will be completely resolved.
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Solid3.com - Web Design In Panama

Internet & Technology Solid3.com is an European new-design company based in Panama (Central America) offering web, mobile and e-marketing services to commercial and private clients from around the world. We are committed to offering a solid product and promise the highest level of quality and customer service. Through the satisfaction of our clients, we plan to continue our excellent reputation. As the Internet and mobile industry continues to serve as the world's largest marketplace, it is our mission to stay ahead of the curve and offer our clients best-in-class solutions from start to finish. We have experience to provide you with unmatched quality of new media design and development services, skillfully created to your particular demands. If you heard about it or have seen it, we are ready to deliver. If you haven't - we will create it for you. Our primary objective is to build long-lasting relationships with our clients and partners - relationships built on trust, professional approach and enjoying what we do. One of the core philosophies at Solid3.com is to keep it simple. Our processes are designed to address your needs and satisfaction to your requirements. We use powerful technological and marketing solutions to provide you with unmatched performance for the best value around. Our personal attention to detail and our availability when needed are two things that keep our customers coming back. Your identity becomes a reflection of more than just a product but a reflection of your company. It is not easy building a strong visual web or mobile presence, especially when you're already busy. Lucky for you, that's what we do every day, all day long. (Click here to read the full article.)
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Proposed Wire Tapping Law Has Supporters and Detractors

Internet & Technology La Prensa - There will be no wiretaps of a political nature. This, according to Panama's Minister of Government and Justice José Mulino and Panama's Secretary of Security José Almengor, in discussing the bill approved by the Executive Cabinet to track telephone user data - both fixed and cellular - as well as Internet service providers. "Get rid of the ghosts that we are supposedly chasing politicians. This is for the prosecution of crime. If the country wants tighter security, then they should trust that we are doing the right thing," said Mulino. Almengor, meanwhile, noted they would not be tapping the telephones of anyone who is not related in "some kind of illegal activity." But Miguel A. Bernal said the measure violates the privacy of citizens. Panama's Solicitor General Ana Matilde Gomez indicated she was in favor of the initiative, although she still has not seen the details of the proposal. She said she understood the intent was to "extend or improve the regulation of technological tools" are used by organized crime, which often have better or greater access to technology than those used by the police, justice, and law enforcement authorities. (See Comments)
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Panama's Government Would Regulate Internet and Cell Phone Use

Internet & Technology By Ereida Prieto-Barreiro for the Panama America - Cellular phone calls, the use of email and access to the Internet will no longer be private. The government believes these activities are of "public and social interest" and they intend to regulate. Draft Law 019-09 will be discussed today during the meeting of the Executive Cabinet for approval and subsequent delivery to the National Assembly, states that "concession companies in mobile telephony, fixed communications networks and the like, which provide service in the national territory or from it are required to keep a record of data from their customers." The information will be used by the Public Ministry if necessary and so far the document does not mention the National Security Council as one of the entities that could access the information, but it also does not prohibit it. The information would be provided to the authorities and would include the identification and location of the user who contracts these services en any of the before mentioned modalities. The paper which the Panama America had access to states in Article 3 that the company should register the date, time, and duration of the communication established by their customers, be it mobile or fixed networks. With regards to Internet access or the use of email, the company should register the "date and time of the connection," the description of the service of Internet access, and the moment the user disconnects. Surveillance - Missed calls will no longer be registered only in the recipient's phone, but they will also be registered by the telephone company. Article 5 says "fruitless" calls should be registered in what is being called "data retention" so that they can be delivered if they should be requested by judicial investigators or the courts. The data recorded and held will serve to "trace and identify the source of a communication." This identification will be realized from the number that originates the communication to all of its recipients, because they will make a record of all diversions or transfers of calls. A source close to the presidency said the measure will be taken to prevent "terrorist acts" against the population in general or the President of the Republic. Also the source said the law would regulate the purchase of prepaid calling cards to prevent "money laundering" as well as the chips in the telephones that are not in the databases of the telephone companies in order to identify their owners. Obligation - The companies providing the services will be required to keep the information for 18 months, however that time frame could be extended up to 42 months. The time limits will be adjusted by the authorities for the purposes of detection, investigation and prosecution of crimes.
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Well, It's About Damn Time (McAfee Finally Gets A Clue)

Internet & TechnologyBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - For about the last six months I've been getting sporadic email from readers telling me the McAfee Site Advisor service was saying there was some kind of a problem or exploit on Panama-Guide.com. I started writing to these guys, complaining, asking for more information, asking them what the problem was so I could correct it, etc. I wrote several times and they never got back to me. Over the last two days I "ratcheted up" my noise level, threatening them with legal action if they continued to ignore me, etc. Today they finally heard me and I just received an email saying "Dear Don Winner, Thank you for taking the time to inquire about the SiteAdvisor web safety analysis of your website. We apologize any inconvenience this has caused. SiteAdvisor senior engineers have cleared this domain for a green Web safety rating switch. Thanks again for your interest. Sincerely, Patricia McAfee SiteAdvisor." Well, golly, thanks folks. You painted my site "red" for no apparent reason, ignored my repeated requests for information or assistance, and didn't respond until I started going ballistic. Gee, thanks for removing the (bogus) warning that never should have been there in the friggin' first place. Awful nice of ya'...

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Now You Can Follow Panama Guide on Twitter

Internet & Technology By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - For all of you who are accustomed to using new technology to keep abreast of what's happening in the world, you can now follow Panama Guide on Twitter. I have established several real-time information feeds to stream into the Panama Guide Twitter page, of course all in English and all real-time. For example several news sources are streaming there such as Reuters and AP, as well as email postings to the Americans in Panama Yahoo group. So, in short, if you're following us on Twitter via your cell phone or mobile device, you will be instantly alerted to anything newsworthy happening in or about Panama, just so long as it gets picked up by a major wire service such as Reuters or AP, me here at Panama Guide, or the 4,000+ members of the Americans in Panama Yahoo group. In short, if you're dialed in you'll have a clue. Tweet, tweet. This is a pretty cool convergence of technology. Just as long as cow's don't fly we should be fine. (@Panama_Guide).

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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