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Now Using Google Chrome Full Time - And Digging It!

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The more I use Google's new Chrome web browser, the more I like it. There's no doubt it's a whole lot faster loading pages than Internet Explorer or Firefox, and the pages are literally snapping to the monitor with my new (grin) 6 mb synchronous broadband Internet connection from (sorry, can't say yet.) There are a few things in life that make me genuinely happy - like my daughter's smile, warm chocolate chip cookies, and cold beer -- having a relatively fast and stable Internet connection is right up there. My first modem was a 2400 baud dial-up and I clearly remember having to wait hours for one photo to download, but that was before www and browsers when the "web" was all text. Anyway, another technological leapfrog completed, and I thought you might like to know the new Chrome browser actually does kick butt - check out these speed tests... Now, you'll have to excuse me while I go mainline some streaming video.

Copyright 2008 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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Gremlins in the Browser Software...

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Very weird stuff. If you remember I'm in the process of firing Cable Onda and switching to a new (kick-ass) service for Internet access. Once all of the bugs are worked out I'll be singing the praises of my new provider, but they've asked me to hold off for the time being. In any case - here's what I ran into. My new synchronous broadband connection is running at 6 MB both upload and download, whereas with Cable Onda I had 1 MB download and 512 upload. I noticed that when using my preferred browser (Firefox) the upload wouldn't go above 1.5 MB with the new connection. Both IE and Chrome don't have that problem, and I can recreate the issue running the three different browsers side-by-side and hitting the Atlanta GA. server via speedtest.net to compare. Strange. There must be something in the way Firefox handles the TCP/IP or something. Has anyone else run into a similar problem? No matter, really. I've now switched to Chrome and I'm happily playing around with my lightening fast (for Panama standards) broadband connection. It's going to be a lot of fun telling Cable Onda to take their modem stuff it...

Copyright 2008 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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Cable Onda - You're Fired!

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - As Popeye used to say, "I’ve had all I can stand. I can’t stands no more." When I came into my office this morning, I was thinking to myself "great, getting in nice and early, I'll have a chance to get caught up with some stuff that I wasn't able to get done this week..." But lo and behold, when I tried to start working I saw that the modem provided by Cable Onda which feeds me Internet service was dead. Well, the power light was on, and the "down-link signal" light was lit, but the "up-link signal" light was flashing and I couldn't do anything. Of course in my infinite wisdom I purchased the all-in-one plan with these guys, meaning that since this box was apparently out, then my office phones were out as well and I was forced to call their customer service line via my cell phone. I make a long story short (the longer version is down below if you care to read it) I basically fired these guys and went out to buy a Wipet box. Now, I'm happy... (more)

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Rebtel Liberates Puerto Rico, Panama, Malta

Internet & TechnologySTOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Rebtel, the people's global communications company, today added Puerto Rico, Panama and Malta to its worldwide family of now 50 countries where citizens can use their mobile phones to speak with their loved ones abroad for no more than cost of calling around the corner. "El pueblo unido, jamas sera vencido," proclaimed Hjalmar Winbladh, Rebtel CEO and outspoken champion of consumers around the world. "Stop being a patsy for operator and calling card thugs. Put an end to their rip-off tactics and tariffs today. Join the Rebtel family and start calling abroad for just pennies per minute." Here are just a couple of examples of Rebtel's low-cost rates any time, any day of the week: -- Puerto Rico to any phone anywhere in the U.S. - $0.015 per minute. -- Panama to Columbia - $0.029 per minute to landlines; $0.095 per minute to mobiles. -- Malta to the U.K. - $0.019 per minute to landlines; $0.18 per minute to mobiles. (more)
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Encuentra24.com's Third Anniversary Celebration

Internet & TechnologyPanama City, Panama (PRWEB) October 12, 2008 -- Swiss Panama Group, Corp. celebrates its 3rd anniversary as the premier online business classifieds portal in Panama. Encuentra24.com ® launched live for its thousands of users on 10th of October 2005. The Web based company attributes is local business success to their great timing during Panama's Real Estate Booming economy and to delivering a user friendly interface ideal for the local market. Each new visitor saw the advantages and potential of Encuentra24.com® classifieds then quickly begun posting thousands of for sale and/or for rent listings online. Encuentra24 only became the leading real estate listings classifieds in Panama and Costa Rica, thanks to the confidence of the thousands users we welcome daily our mission from day one has been to provide a stable classifies portal for the latin-american emerging market One out of five Panama registered Internet users, visit Encuentra24.com at least once a month. We have been very successful in the Panamanian market and plan to repeat this strategy in Costa Rica, and other Latin-American countries Encuentra24.com offered advertisers a fast, modern and reliable online platform, a definite step up from the old fashioned compact newspaper classifieds listings. Back in 2005, Panama did not website available to promote business transactions online. Today Central American countries like Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua amongst others can post local classifieds ads and real estate listings directly. (more)
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Panamanian government aims for universal internet access by 2012

Internet & Technologytelegeography.com - BNamericas is reporting that the Panamanian government has guaranteed internet access for all citizens by 2012. Panama's innovation minister Gaspar Tarte announced the plans during the signing of the bill that requires all telecommunications firms to set aside 1% of earnings for connectivity projects in the country. It is understood that upgrades to existing internet infrastructure and the building of subsidized internet centres aimed at low-income residents are among the likely schemes that may be funded by the money raised. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, broadband subscriber figures in Panama were estimated at 119,300 at the end of 2007, representing a penetration of 3.6%.
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IDB approves US$19.7 million loan to Panama for technology transformation program

Internet & TechnologyRevistaFator.com.br - The Inter-American Development Bank today announced the approval of a US$19.7 million loan to Panama to support the first phase of a multiphase program for technological transformation. The purpose of the program is to boost Panama’s capacity for research, development and innovation in economic sectors that are key to growth. Financing will be provided for three components to promote innovation, research and human capital capacity-building in science and technology, and the institutional capacity of the national innovation system to coordinate and implement science, technology and innovation policy. The program activities will include support for technological innovation projects in businesses and universities, studies to identify problems that can be solved through research and development, and financing for R&D projects in businesses, universities and research centers. (more)
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President of Panama and Head of Microsoft Research Address

Internet & Technology The FINANCIAL -- Microsoft Research on May 14 kicked off its fourth annual Latin American Academic Summit, where the Panamanian President Martín Torrijos Espino welcomed nearly 300 academic, government and industry research leaders from 18 Latin American countries to the City of Knowledge research park. The attendees were brought together by Microsoft Research to discuss how scientific research and development can stimulate social, economic and scientific progress throughout the Latin American region. Rick Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft Research, delivered the keynote address, and Gonzalo Rivas, chief of the Division of Science and Technology at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), provided comments. (more)
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MartinTorrijos Speaks Before Regional Leaders at Microsoft Ecomonic Forum in Miami

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Martín Torrijos said technology is an ambitious tool to fight poverty and to elevate the living conditions of citizens, but governments have to exchange ideas and successful experiences in the field of social sciences and concentrate less on the differences between nations. This Friday in Miami while speaking to governmental and business leaders attending the economic forum organized by the Microsoft Corporation, Torrijos shared the positive results the application of technology in governmental management has meant for Panama to benefit the population, specially to most vulnerable and poor. "I can say that Panama not only exhibits important economic achievements, but in social improvements as well. To formula is simple; to take the most modern services to the most remote areas," he said. He pointed out that in the last three years the economic growth in Panama has been impressive, averaging 9% growth and obtaining an 11.2% growth rate in 2007, the highest in Latin America and one of the highest in the world. In addition he emphasized how unemployment in Panama has dropped during those same three years from 11.8% to 6.4%. "My country accepts the challenge of the innovation in global competition, and invites Microsoft and other corporations to support to Panama, Latin America and the Caribbean, in shortening the breach of knowledge generations", he concluded.

Copyright 2008 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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Sercom Panama - Telecommunications, IT, and VOIP Solutions

Internet & Technology Sercom is a licensed Panamanian telecommunications company that provides IT services and support throughout Latin America. We have operated in Central America for nearly 20 years and specialize in providing reliable, cost effective support, hardware, and services for international corporations. We also have a variety of products designed for individuals or organizations operating in remote or austere locations. By integrating the latest in technology with reliable connectivity, we extend the telecommunications infrastructure of the US and Europe to your location. So whether you are in a 40 story office building in downtown Panama City or on an observation platform in a Honduran jungle, we will make sure you stay connected to the rest of the world. (more)
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