Posted by: Odzangba | February 10, 2007

My trip to Winneba

The semester officially ended Saturday with a gruelling exam that left me contemplating serious bodily harm to the lecturer. 🙂 So I decided to take a few days off and just chill. My sister has been hounding me all through the semester to visit her at Winneba so I decided it’d be the perfect getaway. This morning, I jumped into a car and here I am in Winneba. This place is really cool. The peace and quiet here is simply great. I haven’t been out the entire day; spent it in bed with the first Lord Of The Rings volume: The Felowship Of The Ring… this is how life is supposed to be. 🙂

I’m blogging from the house ‘cos she (my sister) bought one of these mobile internet office packages (this one runs on the kasapa cdma network). The annoying thing is it comes with drivers and special software for *only* windows (why am I not surprised?). That’s very inconsiderate of the service providers cause not everybody in Ghana uses windows. The Mac user base is beginning to flex its muscles and the an increasing number of Ghanaians notably sysadmins and IT professionals are using linux whenever they can. But that is not the worst. Here are snips of the terms and conditions:

>Mobile2i Pay-As-You-Go data sessions may be used with wireless devices for Internet browsing, Email (including Document & Photo Attachment upload/downloads), and Corporate intranet access.

That’s it? That’s all I’m *allowed* to do? I’m paying good money (or at least my sister is) for this service. They charged ø2,000,000.00 for the starter kit and ø30/kb thereafter! Who uses only email these days anyway? Unbelievable…

>Mobile2i Pay-As-You-Go Internet services may not be used:
>(i) For uploading, downloading or streaming of movies, music files or games,
>(ii) With server devices or with host computer applications, including, but not limited to, Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, Voice over IP (VolP), automated machine-to-machine connections, or peer-to-peer (P2P)file sharing
>(iii) As a substitute or backup for private lines or dedicated data connections.
I’m too shocked to comment…

>The Mobile2i Mobile internet service may not be used for Internet Cafe operations or any type of “Pay to Use” business models.)
>We reserve right to limit throughput or amount of data transferred, deny or terminate service, without notice, to anyone we believe is using Mobile2i in any manner prohibited above or whose usage adversely impacts our network or service levels.
>NetAfrique Dot Com Ltd reserves the right to protect its network and that of its service providers from any harm, which may impact our users. We also reserve the right to terminate service upon expiration of any Customer Agreement term.
Just look at the arrogance of these people…

I think the way these guys treat their customers is criminal. They should be lined up shot, but that’s just me. 🙂 Anyway, since I’ve finished cleaning all the latest virus-infected files on this box (860 according to McAfee), I’ll just reboot and go back to the safe haven of kubuntu. It’s unfortunate I couldn’t get this thing to work with linux. The application software installs just fine under wine but it has problems detecting the usb modem thereafter… sigh. But it’s been a good day and I’m looking forward to exploring Winneba tomorrow.

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