Archive for February, 2011

Update on my quest for a fairer Telstra/Bigpond wireless plan

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Hi all just thought I would give an update on my quest for a fairer deal for wireless home users.

I know I was going to end my quest for better value for wireless users but it is very hard to do when every month you are shaped while those on a wired connection continue to have full speed all of the time.

There was a planned telephone conference between Rebekah, Anthea and myself just over a week ago but due to my own illness that had to be cancelled.  In the end An email communication commenced with my specific questions being asked which have all been asked before on these comment pages, though for those not up to speed they were (in summary);

  1. Why is wireless limited to only 12GB? Could there be an increase in shaping speed?
  2. Why can mobile wireless get 12GB data packs for $69 when I have t pay $89 for home wireless?
  3. Why are there no bundling options available for wireless users
  4. Tower upgrades, not only are we on a low 12GB quota but our local tower is still limited to 3.6mbps, when will it be upgraded. (more…)

Dealing with my illness

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Before reading this article please note that it does deal with some real personal issues and does come across quite negative to start with, that is not the purpose of the article, its purpose is to allow me to be more aware of and be more open about my own health issues to help me better understand them. This is an accurate (as I can write it) account of how I feel most of the time. I would also like to acknowledge that there are others out there far worse off than me, however this is my story and my blog.

Dealing with an ongoing illness is not always easy, but it is something many like myself have to do and live with each and every day.  As a sufferer of a chronic pancreatic illness I know what it is like to have a good and a really bad day.  It is not just dealing with the daily pain and discomfort, but the way in which the illness can place limits on what you want to do that can really be a measure of how you feel and see things.  In addition to the pain there is often the feeling of uneasiness, floating and the shakes caused by always being ill and also the medication that is taken. (more…)


Joomla 1.6, time to reflect, or is there?

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Joomla 1.6 PageJanuary 10 2011 saw the release of the much anticipated release of Joomla 1.6.  Like many other Joomla users world wide I too was eager to get a hold of 1.6 and give it a whirl.  With a reported 2.7% of the worlds web sites supposedly using Joomla, the 1.6 release had the hopes of a significant amount of people to take their web site to the next level.

I installed Joomla 1.6 as a fresh test site and had a play with the new features and began to get familiar with the new layouts, templates, categories, menus and user system.  It was nice, it had a better interface and from what I could tell it seemed quicker and sleeker than the 1.5 version.  Of course this was a fresh install with no added extensions but it still had the new feel to it that was a draw card.