Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cuenca Techno

Have computer problems in Cuenca?  If you need a fix to get online just walk around the Parque Calderon area downtown and soon you’ll bump into a computer repair shop or a cell phone retail outlet.

 If you feel the heebie-jeebies because you’ve missed an injection of Facebook---saunter down Mariscal Sucre--- you’ll soon find a WiFi connection at a restaurant or coffee house. Don’t think for a minute that Cuenca is not part of the internet world with its technical minutiae and the same types of savvy tech heads found in North America.
Inside Milenium Shopping Center
Last week I had computer and cell phone issues I would not have had in California. It’s true. These have tried my patience---the ones peculiar to a country where internet infrastructural development is behind that in the U.S.A or Europe or Australia.  I also had technical issues I would have had to deal with anywhere.

It is a supposition, but since the technical stage of growth in Ecuador forces people to deal with more glitches, I think this probably raises the technical smarts of the average computer user.

One obvious fact of the matter is that no lack of computer talent and business exists in Cuenca.
I feel less foreign because of it. The clerk at the cell phone store shares with a focused interest in solving the technical problem.

Last week the most personally disturbing element was lack of smooth functioning and affordable cell phone access to people in the San Francisco Bay Area. The complications causing the disturbing feelings were largely due to the cell phone service provider rather than any cause germane to Ecuador. But it’s complicated business to align computer and cellular phone systems between Ecuador and the United States,  for any of the providers.

My experience with computer technology has gone way up while here in Cuenca configuring networks and making adjustments so I can get past expired pages.

Last Friday I purchased a Samsung Galaxy S II smart phone from D’ Talles Joyeria. The sale was conducted in a composed manner. And after the sale, owner Pablo Toral told the employee who sold the phone to walk me to a place where bi-lingual speakers offer cell phone plans and activate phones. I'll be at the store Monday to walk on over there with him.

Here I am writing in a coffee shop about computers, and while at it I see this lady across the street selling head gear indigenous to Ecuador at least a thousand years before the arrival of Spain.