At CDG delayed 30 minutes for a 22:30 arrival at Tegel which has a 23:00 curfew. Here's hoping we make it in time… 🙂

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AutoEurope / Hertz Scam

Just returned the car I booked through AutoEurope, delivered by Hertz at CDG. They informed me that there would be a €60 charge. When I asked why, it turns out that they wrote in the small print on my voucher that there would be a €40 “airport surcharge” and then €3 per day tax.

Of course, nobody mentioned this when I picked up the car. It’s a blatant scam.

Avoid AutoEurope like the plague, and be especially careful if you see the name Dollar or Hertz anywhere on the rental. They clearly participate in this scam with their policy of charging “fees” only upon vehicle return.

O2 DE Multicard Cheat Sheet

Just switched to simplytel.de. Great deals right now, as far as Germany goes. 5GB data, unlimited calls / sms, 1GB of roaming data in the EU, €20/month.

Plus, it includes the option to have 3 sim cards, what they call multicard. Been messing about figuring out how to switch call routing, etc.

*120# – cheat sheet (German)
*121# – show which sims are online
*122# – where are calls routed
*123# – route calls here

*124*P# – set this device priority P (1-3) or 0 to disable, doesn’t seem to work

*125# – route SMS here
*126# – route MMS here

These are all USSD codes which you run on the phones to configure the call routing. I couldn’t get the priority to work, it maybe isn’t supported by simplytel (Drillisch) as a reseller of o2, not sure. I got this info here.

Passport carefully inspected, fingerprints diligently scanned, ID card signed for. It's official, I'm now an Estonian e-resident! 🙂

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Success, I have acquired two Tanzanian sim cards, and enabled data on one of them. Pretty affordable rates also. Took several hours mind…

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Arrived. We are in Kilimanjaro airport and apparently there's free WiFi. I was told by my internet addicted travelling companion! 🙂

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At the airport and ready to begin the long journey to Tanzania. Frankfurt, Addis Ababa, then Kilimanjaro tomorrow lunchtime. Sweet sunshine!

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Yellow fever vaccination yesterday. Just arrived in Malaga. Up at 5 for a 6:30 flight. Ouch. Now our airport bus has a flat battery… 🙂

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Planning a trip to Tanzania for 4-6 weeks over the near year period. Any advice? Must see places? Dar Es Salaam a good base?

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Busy weekend. Installed ownCloud. First forays into ipv6. Installed CrashPlan to backup ownCloud. Freedom don't come free!

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Back in Berlin last night with a new tyre after a puncture 600km away on a Sunday. 🙁 Luckily happened next door to a garage! 🙂

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One Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML ordered from amazon.fr delivered to Germany for only €2.25. Now all I have to do is wait… 🙂

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Mpow Swift Bluetooth headset just arrived. Connected to the iMac instantly, sound quality is phenomenal, maybe better than the Sennheisers!

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Thinking of getting an Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML, probably 32GB model. Any feedback on it? Any advice? Anyone have an Asus android?

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iMac memory upgrade

The memory upgrade from Crucial arrived this morning. After an initial false start and three beeps, we are up and running. Apparently memory has to be paired between slots 1 and 3, and slots 2 and 4. After that hiccup, we’re on fire! Here’s the obligatory before and after shots…

iMac memory beforeiMac memory afterI noticed on the screenshot, that apple actually publish instructions on how to upgrade, fantastic! Now I have ~14GB free, with all my browsers open. Fabulous.