January 06, 2004

Christmas Holidays

Sarah and I spent two weeks in Smithers for Christmas and New Years. It was a really good time, here are the pictures. As you can see we did some cross country skiing and got spoiled in the present department. We also got a chance to do some real Ukrainian cooking with Sarah's Baba. I just about exploded from too many cabbage rolls and peirogies (aparently the is how you spell peirogies, I always thought it was perrogies). We also learned how to play bridge, seems like it could be a fun game, very challenging. I went for a swim in frozen lake and thawed out in a sauna after. That was to recover from partying at the Driftwood Hall just outside of Smithers for New Years where they rang in the New Year by jumping a little bike over something infront of the stage.

I found out that they have wireless internet available in the Smithers/Telkwa area provided by Cybernet Communications. Telus offers ADSL in Smithers but I'm guessing that there are plenty of places that ADSL doesn't reach to not too far outside of Smithers. An interesting point about cybernet is that I think they get their Internet access from Navigata who I had never heard of before but aparently they have a deal with BC Rail that lets them use railway land for their network which gets out to the boonies in BC. The only problem I see with the cybernet wireless setup is that they actually charge you for traffic which Telus/Rogers doesn't do quite yet.

Posted by bforsyth at January 6, 2004 03:09 PM

whooshnet (cable in whistler) sure charges for traffic -- anything over 5G a month and you're paying mad coin. due to my rather large dnb/hip hop mp3 addiction, i waited until i could get ADSL instead of cable. i ran everything through a custom proxy out of curiousity the other month -- 95G downloaded. not bad.

Posted by: mike at January 6, 2004 05:06 PM

95Gigs is pretty impressive I haven't tracked how much traffic I use but I would guess it is a lot. I installed throttled to help with bittorrent downloads and network responsiveness, http://www.intrarts.com/throttled.html . I'm sure that telus will charge for traffic at somepoint.

Posted by: benf at January 6, 2004 10:18 PM

peirogies or no, your spelling is still crap. time to hook up the applespell, chump!

Posted by: r. at January 10, 2004 04:52 PM

maybe if MT had a spell checker. I'm not always using a mac you know, bish.

Posted by: bf at January 14, 2004 03:06 PM