Ass Internet Connection
Yuh know folks,
I am really fed-up with the quality of Internet access we
have here in Trinidad and Tobago. It has been almost 5 years
now that Internet has been available here in T&T and
throughout all that time we have not witnessed much advancement
in the technology and services available from our local
is, most of our local ISP's are not to blame. Ever Since
it's introduction, TSTT has had total control of our Internet
access in Trinidad and Tobago. Whether you solicit an Internet
connection from any of of the other providers including,
Interserv , Carib-Link, WOW.NET, Rave or Opus the fact remained
that when you accessed a website locally or overseas your
request for that website passes though your provider and
then passes through TSTT. This is because legislation has
prohibited and of the other Internet providers from sourcing
any direct Internet connection from anyone else other than
TSTT. Actually, the law prohibits the transmission of data
out of this country via any other medium other than TSTT.
This left a loophole , enabling ISP's such as Carib-Link,
Interserv and WOW.NET to setup satellite links for the purpose
of downloading data. So whereas your request for a particular
URL (Webpage) will be transmitted via a TSTT link the actual
text and graphics could be brought down via a much faster
You may think, "Hey,
that's great ! that means that Carb-Link and the like are
much faster than TSTT and the others". Well, that's
not necessarily so, the fact is that the accessing of a
webpage, an image , a mp3 file, or just about anything else
on the net requires both transmission and reception of packets.
Hence, even if you have a Carib-Link connection data packets
must still be transmitted via TSTT and this is where the
TSTT's main "pipe"
(i.e bandwidth) out onto the Internet is too dam small to
accommodate the constantly increasing number of Internet
users in this country, and despite the fact that they have
made some upgrades to it over the years TSTT has failed
to keep up with the demand. The result is a bottle neck
scenario. Imagine if you will a nuts bottle, yuh know the
ones with the long narrow neck, now imagine that your data
is a nut at the middle or bottom of that bottle. Tip the
bottle, and what happens ? .......Congestion !
TSTT has also failed to keep
pace with the technological advancements in the industry.
Services such as DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) and Cable
Modems, otherwise known as broadband Internet connections
, that offer fantastic rates of speeds and are widely available
throughout the United Stated and Europe are but mere "pipe"
dreams to us here in Trinidad. To it's credit, TSTT has
introduced ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) which,
although not as fast as DSL, does offer up to 128K of bandwidth.
The only problem is that the service is available at such
an unbelievable cost that most consumers are either unable
or unwilling to pay for it.
So, after all of this, what
do we do ? Well there isn't anything much we as consumers
can do. Our only hope is in the fact that at the end of
this year TSTT's reign comes to an end. The Telecommunications
industry will be open up to foreign competition and with
this there will be a fight for market share causing dinosaurs
like TSTT to either shape up or ship out. So be patient
my friends, all it not lost, hopefully by this time next
year we'll be able to download an mp3 in 2 minutes instead
of 2 hours !
& Politics in Trinidad & Tobago
I have been
purposely delaying writing this article because I have
had problems putting the words together. It is such a
touchy topic that I really don't know where to start,
but yet still it's a view that I have been wanting to
express for a long time.
I am a black man and quite proud of it, I have many friends
of different races. I have never considered race as an
obstacle to friendship and I never will. Racism has never
been something that I have understood, I mean, I could
never understand how you can hate someone just because
of the colour of their skin. After all ,diversity is the
spice of life isn't it ? It would be pretty boring if
we all looked the same.
about me , you can see why it angers me to see the state
to which politics has affected race relations in this
country. Never before have I seen the politics divide
this country in the way that it has before now. It has
reached such a state that I don't even discuss it in public
anymore for fear of offending someone. The last thing
I want to do is to fall out with one of my friends over
political issue, because politics is so closely interwoven
with race in this country that it's hard to tell the difference.
It seems that if you're Black, people automatically
think that you're a PNM and if you're Indian you're a
UNC. Not to mention if you're a black man and you decide
to support the UNC you're an automatic "traitor to
your race" as in the case of Winston Peters (aka
GYPSY) or vice versa in the case of Nafeesa Mohammed who
we see has been tormented by members of her own family
for choosing the PNM. It this what out country has come
to ? The land where "every creed and race finds
and equal place".
denies that our country is racially divided has been either
been away for a very long time or has been living under
a rock with their head in the sand. You can feel it everywhere
you go these days, the racial tensions , especially with
the upcoming elections drawing ever closer each day. I
personally experience it in all aspects of my life. In
work, on a day to day basis I encounter competitors who
use it to their advantage to gain business from customers
of the same race or religion. I'm my social life I have
encountered looks of scorn and dismay from members of
both races when I chose to date and Indian girl. Why must
I and people like me be subjected to this ? Is it because
I have chosen to ignore the racial lines ?
To be continued....
T&T , show them what you got ! "
Who is de
"genius" that come up with this dumb ass chant
? In the history of football chants I have never
hear of one so dumb. Ah mean, de ting doh even sound local.
De first time I heard it I couldn't believe it. I say
nah, dey must be just using that for de Carib Ad. Ah didn't
want to believe that in a country of such talented musicians
that is the best thing they could come up with.
of a sudden , ah hear that it is de official chant for
our national football team. How de hell did that happen
? Who authorize that ? Something so important you would
think that they would get people opinion on it or something,
sheeeeeesh man ! Oh, and by the way, where dey get dem
bony ass girls from to dance on de Carib Ad ? Dem girls
like de suffering from the "noassatall" disease,
and wuzz de story with that lame dance dey doing ? Wham,
dey cyah wine or what?
gosh man ! Ah tired hear that term used ! "Y2K this
, Y2K that !" It's only January 2000 and I'm already
tired of hearing the term "Y2K" ! This is gonna
be , if it isn't already, the most over used phrase this
year. Every where you go, whatever you do, you just can't
escape it !
was driving pass the corner buy the Mas Camp Pub this
afternoon and low and behold what could I see hanging
from the from roof , a twenty foot wide banner saying
"Y2K ....." something or the other. It looked
like a banner for Minshell's Carnival 2000 band, but I'm
not sure. After I saw the Y2K thing I stopped reading.
I am just at the point where I'm fed up of people trying
to capitalize on the popularity of the phrase ! If it
ain't Y2K Carnival , iz Y2K Sports Bar or Y2K Fete
or some other shit ! Ah even see a man stick a
big sticker on his old, beat up car mark "Y2K
COMPLIANT" ! Gosh people give it a
rest ! I can't take it anymore !
big joke is, I haven't heard of anyone having any serious
problems with the Y2K computer problem ! Is it that everybody
was so well prepared that we all outsmarted the bug ?
Or is it that we all made too much of a big deal about
this dam thing ! Either way, I was on of those people
who knew that nothing serious would have happened, but
ya know, deep down inside, I was kinda hoping that
something would. I must say it was a big let down
! I just kinda hoped that come Jan 1st 2000,
there might have been something major like a power outage
or the ATMs spewing out money or something ! Ya know ,
some excitement ! But , alas, nothing.
although the problem is all but gone, the phrase lives
on ! One would have hoped that it would have died with
the bug, but I guess not ! How long will we continue to
over use this dam phrase ? How many more times must
we see it on TV or in the Press or on the Net ? and ya
know we go see it even more for Carnival !
! We kill de bug, leh we kill de phrase
too nah !!!!
I can't help
but notice the abundance of cellular users in Trinidad
and Tobago these days. It seems as though everywhere you
go you see someone talkin on a cell. In the past, the
cellular phone used to be something of a luxury, phones
were out of the price range of the masses, and seeing
someone with one was something of a novelty. Today, with
the reduction in price of not only the phones but also
the service, cell users are in abundance, or one might
even say OVER abundance. The cellphone has become more
of a necessity than a luxury and it is good to see people
of all classes being able to benefit from technology.
been the primary beneficiary of the insurgence of users
onto the cellular market. After all they are the sole
provider of the service, well......at least for now anyway.
The demand has become so great that TSTT has run through
several Cell Codes including 680 (the first, and original
cell number), 678, 620, etc, and over the course of this
year we have seen the introduction of digital cellular
services which I have heard is much clearer that the older
many advantages to owning a cellphone. The most important
of which being in the unlikely event of an emergency be
it your car breaking down on the highway, or it being
stolen. I for one was glad for mine the day the alternator
belt in my car decided to give out on the highway somewhere
between Couva and San Fernando. I was able to call my
friend and mechanic Berks to come to my rescue as well
as inform the customer who I was heading by that I would
all these advancements and advantages of the cellular
phone don't we as people flaunt the dam thing
too much !!! I see way too many people walking
around with these phones practically everywhere they go.
These things are clipped onto their waist or hang around
their necks as more of a fashion statement than
anything else. I even say one girl (and I stress on GIRL
, she was still in her teens ) with one around her neck,
which matched totally with her outfit of green and red.
Surely we don't need to have these phones on our waist
all the time, do that many people really call us ? I for
one don't give out my number to just anybody. But with
the free incoming calls service being offered by TSTT
to it's digital customers until the end of the year people
have been giving out their numbers freely and with the
greatest of ease. The thing is, what if TSTT decides to
resume charging people for incoming calls, what are those
people going to do ? Are they gonna keep their phones
off so that they wont receive the abundance of calls that
they are encouraging now ? Ah well dat is their problem
But my real
grievance is with the fact that 80 percent of these people
who walk around day in and day out with cell phones on
their waist and around their neck never receive
calls on the dam phone anyway ! For most of them
its like "well everybody else has one, so why not
I ! " If anything having a phone with you
all the time makes you use it more. You find
yourself making all sorts of calls that you really don't
need to make. Calling people just for the hell of it ,
and , at the end of the month, calling 800-Cell
to say "Hey I think someone has
been using my phone " cuz ya can't believe
the BILL !!!.
for thought people !
this people, my office is directly opposite the Grand
Stand, Queens Park West, so somtimes when I stay in work
late I get to see women walking around the Savannah.
usually a plesant site, cuz I love my trini women ! But
on occasion you wonder where some of them come out from
this is not about that. This has nothing to do with the
various shapes and sizes that one sees on an afternoon.
No, this has to do with what they do while the're walking.
Once there are two or more gathered together there is
always a converstion going on.
swear , if Trinidad women could loose weight by talking,
each and every one of them would be tin like a broomstick
talk incessantly !!! Even the ones that you think are
quiet, once you get to know them, could wear off ya ear
in about an hour !!!! Now you might ask "why then
Cmad did you name this story "Savannah Strollers""
? Well, it does have something to do with the Savannah.
I saw the most hilarious sight this afternoon, two women
one short, one tall "walking" around the Savannah
together. The funny thing is that the taller one had such
a long stride that while she was talking a brisk stroll
her smaller friend had to end up taking a small jog to
keep up with her !!! And , you may ask "well what
kept the smaller one going ?" Well ........
Yes, That's right ! Ole Talk !
woman was so engrossed in de dam Ole Talk
that she didn't seem to mind jogging to keep up!!! Actually
it look like she was being lead by her head !!!
Her head was stuck out in front of he body in an attempt
to hear exactly what her taller friend
was saying !!! The whole scene was so hilarious
I had to stop and take a good LAUGH..............heheheheh
Allya Trini women is trouble yes ! Heheheheh But
ah love allya too bad !!!!
the song from the eighties :
just another manic Monday, I wish it was Sunday,
'Cause that's my funday My I-don't-have-to-runday
It's just another manic Monday "
Well it only
serves to remind me of exactly how much I hate a Monday
Morning ! Then again who really likes Monday Mornings
? Most people hate them like me !
I wanna start
a world wide crusade to get Monday changed to a public
holiday, so that it becomes part of the weekend ! I think
that If we worked from Tuesday to Friday and had Saturday,
Sunday and Monday for the weekend, the world will be a
better place ! People would be allot happier, there would
be less stress, less traffic (well on Monday at least),
But ya know,
then we would begin to hate Tuesday Mornings ! Cause Tuesday
would be the start of the week, everybody would now hate
Tuesdays, the Bangles would have to do over their song,
we'd have to change all the calendars, watches, and basically
all date/time sensitive equipment ! We could end
up having another "Y2K like" disaster !!!!!!
guess I have to think this thing through some more ! Don't
wanna send any planes crashing or anything 'cause I want
an additional day for the weekend ! Hummmmmm...............Lemme
think...... WELL we could just take Friday off !....humm
nah, same problem !.........WELL we could just add another
day to the week by shortening each day in the week !!!!.........nah
that would REALLY cause a big mess ! :)
Ah well, I'm working on it !!!!
sure you must have had this kinda manager at one point
in time. My whole arguement here is something that I have
observed over the years both with people I have worked
with and at customers of mine.
I find it
unfair that Managers normally take out their personal
problems and fustrations on the employees that they manage.
Far too often I've seen it happen where a manager of a
department or company, who maybe experiencing some personal
problem of some sort takes it out on his or her poor defenseless
He or she
will enter the office in a grumpy mood and proceed to
carry on in a mad rage, demanding unnecessary things in
unreasonable time frames, asking confusing questions and
cutting you off before you try to answer, and in general
just being a real bitch !
I ask , is
this what they teach you in Management Studies ?
I for one
did one year of a degree course in Information Systems
and Management and at no point did they teach me how to
be a BITCH !
what gives these people the right to come down on others
and terrorize an office ? Because they name "MANAGER"
I believe that being "MANAGERS" , a position
of authority and respect, they of all people should learn
to exercise some form of control and demeanor in the office
rather than take out their fustrations on innocent by-standers.
the fact that it is not always easy to leave your personal
problems at home, they do overflow into the office and
vice versa, but still people should take the time to consider
the effect of their actions on others.
much to say here, I HATE THEM !
these people are the scum of the earth. They pollute our
air with the a thick black smoke from their filthy diesel
engine filters and traverse our roads in a manner that
reminds one of circuit racing at Wallerfield.
absolutely no consideration for people other than themselves,
and seem to think that because they are on the road whole
day , THEY OWN IT ! Think about it folks , how much of
your life do you spend cussing out taxi drivers, for either
bad driving you or choking you with smoke
or just stopping anywhere they dam well please.
If you add it up I'm sure it's quite allot.
are responsible for the frustration and annoyance of hundreds
of people on a daily basis ! I for one see it everyday
and I PISSES ME OFF !
say we gang up together and KICK THEIR ROYAL ASSES !!!!
......and then charge them $3.00 for
Who Frequent "de Level"
If I have to explain to you what "de Level"
is , then you need not read this article. Sheeesh ! :)
Man, ah go
tell ya, I just like to lime in de Level on a Friday (occasionally)
for de music. But I does see brudders go in there to tackle
women and that is de worst thing ya could possibly
I sorry for
those who disagree, but de level is de worst place to
pick up women. Women in there does feel that they is the
best thing on earth ! and some dam ugly women too ! Dem
wanna play dey cosing on ya and cutting real style and
shit !! :)
I like to
go and observe how dey does brace man after man
and ketch real kicks. Even de big mampees and dem does
be bracing men ! :)
is that on an average night in de Level there are much
more men than women. Women know this , so they cut real
style and ben and screw and in the end they end up going
home alone like dam fools ! :) Sheeeesh it's so stupid.
Also , on a whole sistas have too much attitude ah Phnom
which I believe originates from trying to emulate the
lifestyles of sistas in the states. Ah men with songs
like "BILLS , BILLS, BILLS" and "NO SCRUBS"
, what do you expect !
that is another grievance by itself, lookout for that
ex-fatima boy I have experience with snobby convent girls.
I used to date one , and I'll tell you right now, it was
hell ! We used to be fighting all the time, ask
Ftaz he would tell ya ! I don't wanna
go into details bout that but if you people really wanna
know I'll write about it in the That's
reason why I'm so pissed about this again is because today
I saw one, a schoolgirl , driving her parents car with
all her prissy little friends, in West Moorings. She and
they were obviously on summer holidays and just came from
liming in the Mall.
know the traffic light by Mc Donalds where the little
kids sell fruits to people who stop at the light ?
Well I say them there today. So everybody stops at the
light right and the little kid gets up (he looked like
about 7 or 8) and approaches all the cars and trys to
sell his goods. The first couple of cars he approaches
, people signal no thanks or whatever in a polite way.
So he approaches the car with the girl and she gestures
such a snobby kinda "getaway getaway " kinda
wave at him as if to say "don't come around me"
for which it seems she gets a laugh from one of the other
members of the car.
I know that
she is a convent girl, saw her in uniform before. Now
I'm not saying that all convent girls are like this, but
allot of them are. Prissy and Snobby. It's a shame that
these people come out like this, thinking that the world
revolves around them and no one else matters. I felt sorry
for the little fell when I saw that, but he didn't seem
to mind. It's like he was accustomed ................being
in that neighborhood and all .