I’ve heard complaints that DST, one of the Brunei mobile telcos, rip people off with regards to charging for data. Let’s see if that’s true.
So I compared Brunei’s cellular data from DST and Progresif Cellular to different telcos in 4 countries
And I’ve come up with this spreadsheet.
On a cursory glance, it seems that
- UK has pretty good prices in all data tiers
- we have one of the worst excess data charges
- DST pricing isn’t that great when data usage is under 5GB
- with plans using more than 5GB of data (and especially > 10GB data), DST is actually very good so long as you stay within the quota amount
Hope to do more in-depth look soon
The Telbru eSpeed/High-Speed Broadband (HSBB) Internet rates have arrived and price wise they are going in a good direction, quota wise not so much, but here are the facts that you need to know.
- Base monthly rates have been reduced
- Some plans have quotas
- If you exceed the quota you will get throttled but you pay no extra (you will still have an Internet connection, just slower speeds)
- Throttled speeds are “about 20% of the subscribed plan package”
- Extra quota top-ups can be purchased if you exceed your quota which will restore your speed
- Price caps are only for those who purchase multiple extra quota top-ups
- At the switch over, you will get the same speed but at the new reduced monthly price (and quota’s if applicable)
How to check your data usage
Notifications can be sent to you via your preferred communication channel (e-mail/text message) when you have used 50%, 80% and 100% of your quota volume
Read more on Telbru’s site
- Is the data metering real time?
- Are both uploads and downloads counted?
- Best effort Internet: which sounds very similar to the eSpeed problems on yesteryear
My bandwidth at home cannot even reach 1Mbps, is there a rebate?
There will be no rebate given on your rental charge or quota. Our broadband service is best effort service. If your average broadband speed is low (approximately one megabit per second or less) we do not recommend you to purchase higher bandwidth or quota packages.
So iOS 8 has been released and it shows Android how to do things properly in terms of advanced notifications as well as the sharing menu
iOS 8 advanced notifications allow you to respond right in the notification itself
On Android you may some extra actions (there was none in the messaging app a.k.a Hangouts), but taking a reply action on an email bumps you into the Gmail app itself to reply
Android has had sharing capabilities for ages (possibly since the first public Android release) however it is not consistent and seems to exists in at least 4 different variations.
1) Sharing in the Android Photos app (1st party application from Google): grid of large icons
2) Android sharing in Skitch (3rd party application): a quick touch to share with the last application and going to the “See all” option expands the list and adds extra items to the bottom of an existing list
3) Android sharing in QuickPic (3rd party app). Selecting “More…” shows a whole new menu that has no correlation with the initial shortcut share menu
4) Android sharing in Chrome (1st party app from Google): another 1 touch quick share with last app but otherwise a full alphabetical list of share intents.
iOS 8 sharing: consistent look and ability to order sharing activities (order seems different based on app, i.e. Safari vs Photos, but at least the order is configurable)
As an Android fan, it really bugs me that Android has had a lot of functionality but never seem to fully polish things up and strengthens the argument where Apple doesn’t necessarily innovate with new features but implement features in more usable forms.
Thanks to Tru-Synergy for hosting Brunei Geek Meet #4 and thanks for all those who attended! It was a much better turn out than I expected and hope for more meetups to come!
Open Source Involvements: Experience in working on the OpenMRS CPM open source project
- People Management is essential
- there is a need to manage expectations
- High barriers of entry => great killer of enthusiasm
- Reproducible developer environments
- Project Management: list of things to work on
- It takes time
- commit 4 – 8 meetups to see where you can contribute
- nothing is too small
- Places to contribute
- OpenHatch is a non-profit dedicated to matching prospective free software contributors with communities, tools, and education. openhatch.org
- CodeTriage: receive a different open issue in your inbox every day. codetriage.com
Testing: TDD, BDD, WTH?
- TDD: Test Driven Development (Red, Green, Refactor)
- Write test (watch test fail in test suite: Red)
- Write code (to make test pass: Green
- BDD: Behaviour Driven Development
- Focuses on clear understanding of software behavior from stakeholders
- Focuses on why code should be created: thinking “from the outside in”
- Given [initial context]
- when [event occurs]
- then [ensure some outcomes]
- Unit Tests
- Testing core unit of works
- Isolated: no interaction with other systems (e.g. databases, web services)
- Integration Tests
- Test the integration between 2 different “units” / systems (e.g. your core system and the database / web service)
- Database interaction: test database or in-memory databses (H2 / SQLite)
- Functional Tests
(Note: Due to conflicting schedules we had to postpone to 12th September from the initial date of 9th)
As I’ll be in the country this coming week, I’ve scheduled a long over due Brunei Geek Meet and hope to share my experiences working on an Open Source project namely the OpenMRS CPM that is hosted weekly by ThoughtWorks.
We’re happy to have Tru Synergy hosting our meetup and hope to see any interested developers / project managers / tech enthusiasts there! The event is free and you can RSVP here.
Agenda: 7pm – 830pm
- 7:00 – 7:10: Intro
- 7:10 – 7:40: Talk #1: Open Source Involvements: Experiences from the Trenches of an Open Source Project
- 7:40 – 8:10: Talk #2: Testing: TDD BDD WTH?
- 8:10 – 8:30: Discussions
- 8:30 onwards: Discussions at the bar! (I mean some coffee place)
Open Source Involvements: Experiences from the Trenches of an Open Source Project
Tim will share his experience working on an OpenMRS module for the pass 8 months and discuss ways to get open source projects off the ground, what to expect and how to contribute to them. We can also discuss community projects for Brunei
Testing: TDD BDD WTH?
Testing is a key part in the development life cycle and can provide assurance that your code is doing what it is meant to do. We’ll explore some basics of testing referencing the OpenMRS module in the first talk
RSVP for the Brunei Geek Meet Tuesday 9th September: 7pm – 830pm
Hope to see you there!
After the last post, I gave Google yet another call and found out that there have been similar issues: getting a confirmation on the website but no emails nor courier. They set things up yet again and thankfully the courier finally came to pick up the goods on Tuesday (they came on Monday but we were out for a company lunch, and didn’t even ring my number).
So after 3 weeks, 2 emails and about 5 calls, I have finally managed to get a replacement Nexus 4 and returned my old one. That totally felt much harder than it sounds (more reason to buy from physical brick and mortar stores?)
P.S. Recorded the hold music and found out that it is “The Lighthouse and The Whaler-Untitled (This Is an Adventure)” – listen on YouTube thanks to Shazam (at first I though it couldn’t find it due to the name having “Untitled” in the name…
So after the last post, I followed up with an email to Google Support and this time there was a response within 30 minutes, with the RMA details as below (full email). Hurrah!
2 days later I got my replacement device. Double hurrah! Backed up and restored data to the new device and on to returning the old device
Packing the device on Friday 29th and re-reading these directions, I realised that I didn’t get any confirmation email nor shipping labels. Cue a another call to Google support and Google Support lady (first one I’ve spoke to, previous 2/3 calls have all been guys) says that they don’t email shipping labels to Australia and that the courier man should have it.
Courier man never came yesterday, so retried requesting another return request today and got a “Collection for given RMA Number has already been requested”. So yet another Google Support call….