One week in Saigon


Hard to believe it has been one week since I last posted.  The last week has a lot of meaning for me.

The US Marine Corp‘s birthday was on Nov. 10th followed by Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11th) and the day I entered Marine Corps boot camp (Nov. 13th).  Do not forget, I was discharged on Oct. 21st a couple weeks before.  This year a lot of memories of the Corps came back.  I think it was primary spurred by my return to the weight room.  I want to get in the same physical condition as I was in the Marines.  My 30 minutes – 2 hour per day workouts are showing some results, I have lost about  6 kilos (13 pounds) in the last 3 weeks.  I got another 8 kilos (18 pounds) to go and I think I will reach it in about two months.

The drama with EVN still continues.  Last Thursday they came to my house, unannounced and turned off my electricity.  They did not even ring my bell before.  The bill for the last two months, even the one in question, was paid but EVN refused to send somebody out to turn it back on at my house.  They wanted some “coffee” money to turn it back on.  This is one of the most corrupt companies in Vietnam and I plan to continue to fight them.  A consumer protection agency will help me, a friend will set up an appointment for me.

Facebook is blocked again by both Viettel and FPT.  You can still view Facebook with VNPT and the mobile phone carriers.  This is a huge response to this by the Vietnamese Internet users, they are passing around DNSs to get past the newly dubbed “Great Firewall of Vietnam”.  OpenDNS will become popular with Internet users in Vietnam in the next coming weeks.  Twitter, and some fear, LinkedIn, may be next.

Lastly, some of you may be surprised, I am using Windows again.  I fell in love with Windows 7 last Saturday.  It is amazing.  It is one of the best Desktop Experiences I have had in a long time.  Microsoft listened to their customers.  Even Linux users, such as myself, like it.  If Microsoft plays it’s cards right, Windows 7 will be a “Linux Desktop Killer”.  One question I would like answered, though, is how much open source code went into Windows 7.  I suspect a lot. 🙂

Well, time for my evening workout now…


  1. It’s nice to see a Linux user praise Windows 7. I’d look forward to a post about Windows 7. Not that I’m going to change to Windows anytime soon though 😉

  2. Kevin,
    Semper Fi. Nice of you to remember Veterans Day. Hope your goals are achieved with your heavy workouts. Here it is work as usual. Take Care!!

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