Flowers October 19, 2008

Flowers in the gardens around Frederiksborg castle, originally uploaded by Bittabola.

Flowers in the gardens around Frederiksborg castle. Hilleroed, Denmark.

Mobile telephony in Uzbekistan October 16, 2008

The research conducted by Informa Telecoms & Media last November showed that Uzbekistan has one of the cheapest mobile communication services in the World. Only in Sri Lanka and Venezuela it was cheaper to talk and SMS using a mobile network.

Time has since passed and I won’t be mistaken to say that we now have the cheapest mobile communications in the World. For example, I have a family tariff and one minute of talking costs only $0.01 a minute inside the family group and $0.02 — with others. And this is not the lowest price. It can become as low as $0.005 — that is — half a cent from the 3rd minute of talk. And SMSes cost $0.02.

It is partly because of the tough competition in the local market of mobile communications. The biggest mobile operator in Uzbekistan is MTS — a subsidiary of Russian Mobile TeleSystems, which is the biggest mobile operator in Eastern Europe. The second biggest is also a Russian company — Beeline. The third one is a subsidiary of Finnish-Swedish TeliaSonera and is called UCell.

All three companies reported that they’re going to launch 3G until the end of the year.

I think, in a few years the mobile communications will be free, and in a decade — the operators start to pay customers when they use their network ;-)

Busy October 16, 2008

I have been a little busy lately: something really important is going to happen in my life.

BTW, welcome to my new Flickr album!

Eid ul-Fitr October 1, 2008

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Hazrati Imom (Hastimom) complex in Tashkent

Today Uzbekistan celebrated two holidays — the Teachers’ day and Eid ul-Fitr.

Happy holidays!

Wi-Fi at home September 15, 2008

ZyXEL P-660HTW EE

ZyXEL P-660HTW EE

I now have a wireless connection at home and can connect to the internet also using my PSP. Very convenient. And the device is decent too: it has 4 LAN ports, .11g Wi-Fi and a nice admin’s panel. The only con of this piece of hardware is its price — it is twice as expensive as a D-Link device with comparable features.

It is ZyXEL, you know ;-)

World is a cramped place September 15, 2008

Two interesting things happened to me last week.

First, I received a mail from a (supposedly) Dutchman, who is currently staying in Tashkent, my hometown. He said he saw the Polish Catholic church in my YouTube video about Tashkent and asked how he can reach the church and see it by himself. I gave him directions, and after 2 days I received a letter of thanks :-)

Second story is more complicated. As you might know, I have a photo gallery with photos of both Uzbekistan and Denmark. So, around two years ago I received an email from a Danish woman who used to live in Uzbekistan. Now, after two years, she found me in LinkedIn and asked how I and Uzbekistan were. It turned out that she studied Russian and worked as an English teacher in Tashkent. I asked why she chose Uzbekistan to study Russian, but not the motherland of the language. She said she liked Uzbekistan more than Russia. It is nice to hear this kind of stuff.

Summer is over September 1, 2008

So, the summer is over and today is the independence day of Uzbekistan and beginning of the most important month is Islam — Ramadan.

And BTW, I am back in Uzbekistan.


Geirangerfjord, Norway

Vi ses snart August 14, 2008

Off to CPH via RIX.

Hello, Mr President! August 11, 2008

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Uzbeks and Kazakhs August 5, 2008

Uzbeks and Kazakhs have a some kind of rivalry since ancient times, which (supposedly) continues to date. This can be seen in the everyday language that we, Uzbeks, use.

For example, in Uzbek the word “Are you stupid?” can be said in many different ways, the “correct” form of it being “Jinnimisan?”. But many people, at least in Tashkent, use “Qozoqmisan?” which literally means “Are you a Kazakh?” and which is the synonym of “Jinnimisan?”

You can not feel this rivalry in daily life, but the Uzbek language still resembles the old times.

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