Tenwest Mandarin School

User profile: Greginchina

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  • RegisteredAugust 18, 2006
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  • RegisteredAugust 18, 2006

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Internet restrictions - free proxy service

Tor can be quite useful although incredibly slow.

If you have firefox however you can download an extension called Foxyproxy (not sure of the link) which lets you create rules for which pages are opened using Tor so that you dont have to slow down your whole system. Eg, in firefox you can have one tab displaying gokunming without using a proxy and another tab displaying BBC news through the tor proxy.

There are better alternatives but you have to pay for them. For the last month I've been trying out www.strongvpn.com/ - Its a little pricey but works a lot better and faster than any of the free proxies - it puts all of your internet communication (web browsers, email clients, msn, skype etc) through a virtual private network somewhere in the USA.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Express delivery in Kunming?

DHL are here too, I've used them once. The guy who comes to collect seemed pretty helpful and knowledgable and even spoke a few words of English. I managed to send a package to London within 4 working days.


EMS are ok but would only use them for within mainland China and Hong Kong. Once they leave the greater china area they have to use companies like DHL for the next stage anyway so may as well go with an international courier from the start.

Forums > Living in Kunming > internet?

i just checked out that greatwall broadband site and the top speed is 2M. I'm curious. Have you noticed if its really 2M or if like China Telecom it just says its 2M when its actually less than 512Kb? I think the 2M refers to the speed when checking sites within the Great Firewall.
I'd be really grateful if you could run one or two of the speedtests at www.dslreports.com/stest and let me know the result.


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Desktop site is looking great.

However the mobile site still doesn't work for webkit browsers such as iphone safari. I believe a lot of android phones also use webkit browsers. Text is just too small. If you could vary the font size depending on the browser that would be great. At the moment I can either view the really tiny text and strain my eyes or zoom in and have to scroll left and right to read every sentence.

Limiting the use of horn doesn't really solve the problem. drivers won't really understand why they aren't allowed to use the horn and will feel the new regulations are arbitary. they need to be taught that the horn is NOT a substitute for the brake nor is reaction a substitute for anticipation.

Basically they need to learn a totally different way of driving.

yeah, I was told once before that because that is the busiest time of the day it is preferable that neither of the 2 drivers gets it than one of them makes money instead of the other.

Of course this is nonsense as they could swap shifts at different times (before and after rush hours) on alternate days.

I hope this works. My wife told me she saw some news interviews with drivers who said that they will simply not stop at all, pretending they didn't see people, instead of stopping and then refusing a fare.

We'll see.

always amused to see the word "solicitor" used by a non-British English speaker. totally different meaning.


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