Thursday, April 12, 2007

Back, again


What's up, dudes. I'm back again, and Tiscali are about to lose a customer.

What have I learnt in my terrible, awful time away from you? Firstly, that Tiscali are known for being rubbish, and secondly that the top of Everest is not the closest point on the Earth's surface to space.

That honour goes to Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador. Because the Earth bulges around the middle (not unlike me), the 20,000ft mountain is actually 1.5 miles closer to space than the 29,000ft Mount Everest. This quirk of our planet's rotation means that the Dead Sea (which everyone knows is the lowest point on Earth's surface) is closer to space than Mount McKinley (the highest point in North America).

It's a mad world.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Simon said...

How bizarre.

What exactly was wrong with Tiscali? I had them in Inverness and never had a problem, and it was good value.

10:55 pm  
Blogger swishfish said...

Tiscali problems:

Blindingly fast one day, as slow as dial-up the next.

Classifying iTunes as peer-to-peer sharing, and restricting bandwidth to it whenever busy. This meant that downloads, podcasts, previews etc. sometimes crawl along at slow speed.

And cutting me off from the internet for no good reason for 1-2 days at a time recently. I've checked out my computers, network, router, and phone line, and this was a definite Tiscali problem.

The value is quite good though. When I get round to switching I'll only pay a fiver more for a jump from 2mb/s to 8mb/s though.

8:02 am  

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