East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Keeper of the winds

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AeolusAccording to Greek mythology, Aeolus was “the keeper of the winds” – is in this role that Odysseus meets him in the Odyssey.
The bit about being the god of the winds came later – originally Aeolus was just a guy with a job, keeper of the winds.

Now, the Italian version of the keeper of the winds’ name, Eolo, is also the name of a company that provides radio-based web connectivity in those areas of the Italian peninsula where the 21st century has yet to come: the deepest caves where the troglodytes dwell, the most forbidding high reaches in the Alps where the mysterious barbegazi roam, and the Belbo Valley in Astigianistan, home of the bumpkins.

Five days ago we signed a contract with Eolo, and today a cheerful and skilled technician climbed on our roof and installed a small dish receiver, and suddenly we jumped from 80 Kbs per second to 20 Mbs per second.
Just like jumping from 1992 to 2010 in a single mighty leap.

So now here I am, suddenly with the full power of the web at my fingertips – or something equally emphatic.
I am planning a few online activities – like running demo games of my settings, or do online courses.
But the best, and simplest way in which this will change my working days is the fact that now web searches, map-checking and photo-referencing will take a few minutes and not a couple of hours.
I’ll have more time for myself.
Or more time to write.

It’s going to be fun.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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