Testing my Technology

Thanks to those who confirmed that they could see my last post. I knew that it had been successful because I could see it for myself. However, I do appreciate everyone’s response.

I had a technically challenging day today after buying a new satellite phone. My old one, which has been very useful on many of my trips, is now so ancient that its best purpose now is almost as a boat anchor. My new one not only allows me to make calls, but also to send emails and connect to some social media. It will be an essential piece of equipment for any emergency contact.

This new phone actually operates as a Wi-Fi hotspot (connected to Iridium’s satellite network) so I can now use my iPhone to connect to the world from wherever I am. All worked well today with the phone in terms of a voice connection but I had a real problem with its data connection. The settings that they had given me to connect to Telstra’s satellite internet connection were incorrect so I had to get some help from the Satellite Store’s technical people to sort it outs . In the meantime, I had to set up my blog to accept posts by email. On a satellite phone, you simply cannot browse the Web and use the dedicated app that allows me to create my blog posts.

I’m using this post as another test. I want to see how images upload to my blog site. This photo is of my young grandson, Orin. He is growing up quickly and is now almost 15 months old. He seems to be very happy with painting at his day care centre. We are looking forward to seeing him again when we visit him in Perth in April.

The connection speed is very slow and data needs to be heavily compressed. A small image takes many minutes to upload and the charges are by the minute of connection time. I need to do some more work to see if it is feasible.

All this probably sounds straightforward but today stretched my technical knowledge a little.


Bruce is a keen traveller and photographer. This web site describes his travel and family interests

One thought on “Testing my Technology”

  1. What beautiful little boy – no longer and s you say growing up rapidly. All tyhe best with technical learning curve.

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