Friday, October 29, 2004

Internet Radio

I like listening to local radio to get my ear in...But since I got ADSL I've been listening to a lot of radio on the Internet...I'm using Winamp and listening to Virgin radio...I was surprised at the outstanding sound quality...Sounds as good as FM to me!

Found that my much missed show from many years ago: 'The Friday Rock Show' with Tommy Vance - which used to be on Radio 1 or 2 in the UK Friday nights is now on Virgin Radio, Friday nights! And it still Rocks!

Another good reason to get ADSL!

Thursday, October 28, 2004

X-rays and scans in France

It's all a little different in France. When you have an X-ray, magnetic scan or blood test it's YOU that collects and keeps the scans and results! Whereas in England the NHS is battling the never ending problem of storage and retrieval of patient information, here they just give it to the patient.

A little like NASA spending millions developing a pen that will write in Space. The Russians just used pencils!!!!

The health system in France ROCKS! Average waiting times in A&E of minutes rather than hours!

I love it here!

My trapped nerve in my neck is now better and I'm firing on all 8 cylinders again :) Though I guess that means I'll not have to go back for any more scans for a while...with all those lovely nurses in Pontivy :(


Rollout of ADSL in France

Yes it's true! ADSL is being rolled out rapidly throughout France. There is now some sort of timetable in place for the rollout of ADSL in France with the largest towns and communes getting the service before the smaller ones.

I used to use Tiscali for my Dial Up Internet Connection...when ADSL arrived in my commune I was going to stick with Tiscali because their deal of 30 Euros per month included free calls throughout France!!!! Sadly they told me they wouldn't be able to provide ADSL to anyone in my Commune until sometime in 2005.....perhaps France Telecom are being a little over protective of their sister company Wanadoo? I think so...The only ISP I could sign up with was Wanadoo...

To find out if your telephone line is already compatible with ADSL click: ADSL FRANCE LINE CHECK or you can call one of the two following phone numbers: Personal Lines: 1014 - Business Lines: 1016

Have fun!Jules