Thursday, June 16, 2011

Global Test Market PAYOFF!!!

Global test market is a pay to take survey site. Its website is here. You pay nothing. There are no fees. You just sign up and fill in several surveys. The website contacts you via e-mail if there is an available survey. Each survey gets you a specified number of points. When you reach 1000+ points, you can redeem the points. 1000 points = us$50.

I joined around 3 years ago. I haven't been too active and being a single person living in a third world country, I qualify for less surveys. Thats why it took me so long to get > 1000 points. But I eventually did so I cashed it in. It took around 1 month for the check to arrive

Here are pics of the letter and the check. 1025 points = 2030.51 pesos.

I wasnt sure if I would ever get my check. So it looks like this is a legitimate way of making a little money online.

Thanks Global test Market!!! The end

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

voice calls make my internet faster

I'm having a hard time believing this, but here goes anyway.

My ISP is PLDT DSL, plan 99 999 NGN. Its supposed to be 1mbps but I usually can go a little faster than that.

Sometimes, when it starts to rain, either the DSL will cut off or if I turn on the modem after the rain starts, the modem has difficulty connecting. The DSL light on the modem is supposed to flash then stay on but it just flashes, turns off for several seconds, then flashes again. Usually what I do is I just do something else and wait a few hours and it works again.Power cycling the modem and the wifi router does nothing.

However, once when I tried to call PLDT's hotline (tel number 172), I noted that the DSL light came on while I was talking. Later, I made a phone call to a friend while the DSL light was off due to rain and I noted that the internet was on after the call. Hmmmmm. Could there be a connection??

My telephone line is wired this way. From the PLDT box, one phone line goes to other phones in my house (with filters of course) and one phone line goes to my room where it is attached to a PLDT issued splitter/filter. All calls were made with the phone in my room.

So the next time it rained and I lost internet, I called up PLDT, tel number 172 but after the recorded greeting played, I hung up. Within a minute the internet was on. I've tried it a few times and it seems to work.

Today I tried something else. I had internet but it was a bit slow. Only 300+ kbps. I tried power cycling the modem and router. Sometimes it works but not this time. On a hunch, I tried dialing 172 again and hanging up. Within 2-3 minutes, the speed went back to normal.

Again, I have a hard time believing this. I'm not offering any guarantees. It may or may not work with you.

The end

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