Category Archives: Internet

Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Internet service

A provider that had not previously offered Internet or TV or landline phone service where we live installed the infrastructure for FTTH in our huge rural subdivision.   We signed the contract for 20 Mbps service yesterday. Hopefully by the end of April they will install it in our house.

A neighbor down the street, is an Electronic Engineer for that Cell Provider. He is going to “Beta test” it, for approximately 2 weeks.  They were installing 100 Mbps service to his house, yesterday, in the afternoon. After he declares it to be solid, they will begin installing it in the houses that have signed up.

This technology uses a little box called an “HGU”.  The HGU is similar to the Modem/Router we have from the phone company for our ADSL service now.

I believe that after they install this service, that I can reconfigure our 2 WAPs (Wireless Access Points), changing from the old ADSL provider, to the new company, and if I can do that, we will have good WiFi coverage in the other areas of the house and also Ethernet service there. Our WAPs will be connected to the HGU via the existing CAT5 Ethernet cables.

The new provider cannot “Port” our old landline phone number from the old phone company, so that will be a minor PITA.

The TV service will be via Satellite, like when we had TV service from Directv Colombia. We are getting an extra “Decoder” (Set Top Box?), which at todays exchange rate will cost approximately USD $2.60 per month. That will give us TV service to 3 TV sets.

The first 2 months of service are free and the installation is free and they will give us a Tablet or Smartphone free.

We will be among the first people in this part of Colombia to have this Fiber to the Home (FTTH) technology. I understand there is another city in Colombia where some of the people have been using this service for approximately one year.

Our current ADSL service was reduced from 5 Mbps to 2 Mbps, because the phone company discovered that each TV requires approximately 8 Mbps service. They do not sell that “TV over IP” service any more…


Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 keyboards


One peripheral that we strongly recommend to you is the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 keyboard. We had used the  Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite keyboards, for approximately 16 years, on our PCs with PS/2 ports. . After she began using a  Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite keyboard, approximately sixteen (16) years ago, it completely eliminated the problems Pilar had with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Pilar had been to doctors and the possibility of surgery, which may have eliminated or exacerbated her problems, was discussed.  Our sincere thank you, to the Microsoft Engineers who designed these wonderful Ergonomic keyboards!


The Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite keyboards are PS/2 devices. At least one of ours came with a PS/2 to USB adapter cable in the carton, but when I tried to use it on my Dell Latitude E6400 (Windows 7 Professional) laptop, on a USB port, the keyboard was not recognized.  The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 is a USB device. I read a review (on CNET?) that said they had tried to use it with a PS/2 to USB adapter on a PS/2 port, but they were not able to get that to work. Update on 23 May 2015: We have four (4) of the Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite keyboards. Today I got them out of the box they were stored in. One appeared to be brand new, in a Retail box. WIthin the box was a PS/2 to USB adapter cable. I was able to get that keyboard working with my Dell Latitude E6400 laptop (Windows 7 Professional) and Melissa is now using it with her Dell Inspiron 660s micro tower, which is a Windows 7 Home box. I tried the other 3 keyboards, with the other adapter cable we have, but none of them was recognized. Probably those keyboards are an earlier version, or, the adapter cable is an earlier version.

I bought and have been using a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 for the past week and am very happy to be using it, and not the flat and thin keyboard I was using for the past 4 months. There were no instructions included in the carton for the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 keyboard, so I will look for information on the Microsoft web site and other places on the Internet, to learn how to use the capabilities it has.    This photo is an Affiliate advertising link for this keyboard.

Deployment from DesktopServer Limited

This  is where paying for DesktopServer Premium would save a lot of time, if exporting a .dev developed on the desktop, to a .com or other .tld works properly.

This site previously had 10 Static HTML pages. The deployment took me 6 or 8 hours, mostly Copy and Paste from .dev on the laptop to .com on the live server. I did all of the images manually again, to avoid any possible issues.

If I was going to work on a larger site, I would pay for  DesktopServer Premium



DesktopServer Limited cannot export

DesktopServer Limited is free and was wonderful for the development of this site on WordPress. I was able to select the Theme,  the Header, the Plugins, add pages, make changes, etc.

The development is done with a  .dev TLD and with the free version it is impossible to export with another TLD, such as .com

I have deleted the old Static HTML version of this web site from the server and I will now do online, what I did with DesktopServer Limited, which will make this task less time consuming.

After I finish this site should look the same as it does in DesktopServer Limited on my Windows 7 laptop.