The Boingo ISP Mid December Status Update

After approximately one week spent searching for the wrong profession, an accountant has been found, and the process of opening a legit business in Uruguay has begun.1 This delay unforunately will set back the beginning of ISP operations compared to my earlier naive expectations that simply having my boots on the ground would lead to a rapid escape from the Gringo2 bubble and I would ride unicorn farts into business. At this point I am wary of offering a timeline, but I will continue pressing locals into motion while the work of networking and meeting more people continues.

A substantial motivator external to the republic has emerged with the discovery that the hostel's chinches de cama love nothing more than gringo blood.3 Low key chemical warfare has begun using products the local pesticides industria argentina that unhelpfully decline to mention specific active ingredients. The ivermectin option is also being considered. The welts substantial motivation to get operations rolling and get revenue flowing, as well as a reminder of my inadequcy in having failed to begin this adventure back in 2015.

Pushing continues, more news as it arrives.


  1. The contrast between the way abogados and accounts responded to my inquires could not have been more different. As a class the abogados wanted all the money and then some up front. The accountants in contrast want a client who offers an ongoing source of revenue.  

  2. Or locally it would be more accurate to say the foreigner extraction engine is Brasilero oriented. The locals, most travellers, and even some Brazilians seem to sort myself into their mental category for "odd species of Brazilian" in their heads.  

  3. Luggage and most of my porous possessions were prophylactically treated to mitigate this issue before leaving the US, but actual contact with the enemy changes everything.  

Midwester Rube On Uruguay One Week In

As promised last night. A week is scarecely any time to develop familiarity with an alien land and its people, but some trends are beginning to coalesce.

The good:

  • The people are very friendly and will try their best to assist in any manner possible… so long as you do not leave their immediate visual range
  • The pevasive Uruguayan standard sidewalk while initially contributing to the overwhelmingly alien feel of the place is becoming one of the most functional of the contrasts to old country1
  • The food so far exceeds it's approximate equivalent in old country in every way so far.
  • OMG the weather!!!
  • This is a country of good dogs.
  • Many opportunities to hear new bird songs.
  • The locals seem to appreciate that someone from neither Argentina or Brazil chose Uruguay and not just for a short stay.

The bad:

  • The habit of sniffling when nasally congested while observed exactly once happens in a spasmic way that grates the nerves
  • For a few hours in the afternoon direct sun exposure reaches intensities that can be somewhat unfriendly to the naive gringo whose summer ended a couple months ago
  • Old women attempt to maximize the space they occupy on public walkways, and tend to gather in congestion points to stop for conversation with others of their kind.
  • Few opportunities so far to spot the birds in their songs.
  • Consumer pesticides list the family of the active ingredients on their packaging, but not specific active ingredients or their percentages.

Surprises:

  • The initial ear training phase of language immersion, especially upon arrival for this first timer, was far more cognatively taxing than expected. To the point there was initially little extra to spare for attempting more than the simplest same language responses. Ear training continues with most local speech being recognized as individual words, and with the cognitive load having lightened substantially. I can think of few self study measures to have taken in advance which would have eased this process other than maybe downloading a number of Argentine cars for ear training. Experience with Mexican and Central American Spanish speakers was little assistance with the local accents.
  • Brazilians smoke fucktons of weed.
  • The experience of the first few days understanding little of what most people where saying to me and still suriving the interactions with most of what I wanted underscores how few of the utterances were probably all that useful or necessary.

Not a surprise at all:

  • As St. Francis of Assisi said "Better to understand than be understood" – 12&12 page 99

  1. Except for the form in front of some of the upscale Western hotels where they use CERAMIC tiles…  

El Primero Domingo En Montevideo For The Midwestern Rube

Unlike previous days, on el domingo few businesses were Abierto. However Sunday brough la ferias.

La feria Pocitos. This feria ha tenido mostly clothes for women and children. A bit of food, and few sights. There had to be better. Thus began the trek to the much recommended Feria de Tristan Narvaja.

The mid day sun is a bit intense, and may explain the hours the locals keep. Unlike more strictly tropical places, the locals don't seem to be too synchronized but strong patterns of movement are becoming clear.

The arbol tarde thinks spring has just now started with its tiny purple flowers.

Tree prison

Possible technical parked in front of the estacion de transformacion?

Slugbug

The irony of the intense mid day sun. The lillies which were so vivid to the eyes are muted to the camera.

El Zoo municipal.

Turning onto La Avenida Gran Riviera we get thick shade from the sycamore trees.

Outlet Banos & Ceramicas, por su vasos sanitarias.

Cyberinterweb, I have no idea where the sycamores stop.

First pink elephant to hit my eyes sober.

First exhibitor encountered in la Feria Tristan. Holy shit the crowd and the exhibitors. Ventured about seven blocks deep into the feria acquiring some sort of fried biscuits stuffed with carne y pollo and a local hat which has yet to be determined if leather or some sort of vinyl. More pictures of la feria will wait until further adventures with company because of practical reasons.

Returning from la feria commie droppings were spotted.

The view across the street from the EU mission to Uruguay. The Papal mission is nearby.

So posh,1 the Argentine embassy's neighborhood is not quite so posh. Cause of fall, unknown.The sycamore's just won't quit.


  1. Except the sidewalks here were in the worst condition encounted in Uruguay so far. The rational behind the Uruguayan sidewalk is becoming clear. The surface is a collection of ~20-30 cm concrete tiles, which are replaceable when damaged or detached.  

Fui al cine

The mall casino. Once again sycamore trees in front and palm trees closer to the edificio. Entry here will have to wait, instead I went yesterday to the cinema to see an American film dubbed into Spanish as an exploration of the abuse old country is heaping onto the freer world.

The cinema in Montevideo shopping is not like the cinema in the US. Once you have your ticket here you do something else until five minutes for the film when they allow you into your seat. Seat selection occurs via a touch screen device of dubious utility.

The film was a USG.Disney propaganda piece where Norse dieties were constanly one upped by the supposed heroics of the B&G Foods Jolly Green Giant.

The adventures continue!

 

The Midwestern Rube Visits La Rambla

In other, further walks:

Steel and glass

Not a very tall city, but big in its own way.

Sycamore trees again, this time featuring Uruguayan lawncare

I have never seen house plants grow so big outdoors, usually the frost does them in.

First time seeing the water from the ground. Apparently the pleasant pervasive smell underlying everything else is the plata.

Urbanity in the contemporary capital city.1

The buceo port. A mix of the shiny.

And the listing

El Museo Naval, will require further investigation. Why such an aggressive posture towards La Rambla?

Un perro bueno. Montevideo has many good dogs, running free. Most have the patience to socialize, but this fellow clearly has places to go.

The lawn weeds here appear to be novel, this is the first time I have seen a succulent lawn weed much less one that apparently has defeated the mower.

From one side of Pocitos to the other

Possible gang message

La playa. The pigeons here are… darker than back home.

When I say the local dogs are good dogs, I mean they all were obeying this sign.


  1. Near this section of the rambla a motor scooter converying a dork approached me from behind then veered off as I stepped aside and turned. A local helpfully insisted this was an attempted bag snatching, a suspicion I was operating off of when breaking friendly gringo face to induce scooter swerving.  

The Midwestern Rube Arrives In Uruguay

Turns out air travel is tedious and boring, who would have thunk it.

Somewhere in the Caribean I remembered I packed a camera.

Unknown city, Central America.

The desk comes with rooftop access.

This makes checking directions nearby possible in a corner of the world where 31 years of experience with the sun being in the same track is a liability.

Jaguar?

+ Brushing

Among the other foreign flora is the familiar sycamore tree, so very many sycamore trees.

The Boingo ISP (TBI) November 2017 Statement

TBI Incoming and Outgoing
Incoming Outgoing
Description Value Description Value
Foreign Exchange  11
 Total  0  Total  1
Leperolade Incoming and Outgoing
Incoming Outgoing
Description Value Description Value
Foreign Exchange 7842 Plane Ticket 1285
Network Switch 812
Server 444
Rent 311
Total 7842 Total 2852
TBI Assets
Account 1.11.17 Net Change 1.12.17
Cash 1 1 0
Leperolade 0 4990 4990

From the 1 Bitcoin traded in foreign exchange for 7842 units of a rapidly depreciating altcoin:2 812 were spent on a network switch, 444 were spent on a prototype Basic box and probable future Qntra server, 311 were spent on December rent for a fiscal address, and 1285 were spent on a one way ticket to Montevideo via Copa airlines economy class. This leaves 4990 altcoins for the gangster roll.3

During the month of November significant movement was made toward the
cause of bringing The Boingo ISP online before the end of 2017.4 Upon arriving in Montevideo December 6th the work of meeting people, securing an abogado, and establishing a corporate identity will begin. In addition to ongoing conversations with representatives of the datacenter, coworking facility,5 and hostel there are ongoing social conversations with locals identified on varioua networking sites for screening as potential contacts of value.6

In the next month TBI is expected to continue to make expenses and revenue is a possibility. Two persons have expressed interest in occupying 6 rack units of space thus far.


  1. One Bitcoin traded for 7842 units of an altcoin at the sole investor's suggestion to assemble a gangster roll and establish presence physical presence in Montevideo. 

  2. In particular the United States dollar which fell from 7833 to the Bitcoin on November 17th to ~11000 to the Bitcoin 12 days later. Notably this lesson in foreign exchange risk was learned illustrating an important point Mircea Popescu made during a November 15th conversation on billing schemes. 

  3. I am loathe to list these tangibles firmly under the category of assets due to the difficulty of assiging them a value in Bitcoin. For the time being their are noted as Republican accounting continues to developed. Comments and beatings are both welcome and necessary.  

  4. Activities to this end were described in updates on November 16th and November 22nd  

  5. Source of the fiscal address and locking storage  

  6. Screening potential contacts of value is likely to become far more productive when prescence allows surveying the local meatspace. 

And The Arrangements Continue

The extent to which further arrangements can meaningfully be made towards bringing The Boingo ISP online from my present location are nearing their exhaustion. Work is proceeding on the logistics of establishing presence in Montevideo,1 and from there hopefully online soon. The last estimate proposed being online by December 15th, however reports are that LACNIC's time to assign an IP address block after submitting a formal application is two weeks. Thusly there is a time between incorporation/submitting the IP address allotment application and brining TBI online where The Republic and its followers will be graced with the adventures of the consumate Midwestern Rube's international travel, with pictures. Whether the Rube is to be the colonist or the colonized remains an open question to be settled once the meat meets the streets.

This however means going online by December 15th may require the intervention of good fortune, but online by Christmas is possible. Not being online this year would be a disappointment.


  1. Departing on the morning before Krampusnacht  

TBI Mid November Update

Arrangements are being made to bring The Boingo ISP online in the first half of December. Here's the short of it:

  • Datacenter located in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Our connectivity will begin with a 100 Mbps dedicated connection to the rack
  • The price to rent a RU of space from TBI to home customer provided equipment is looking to be 61.615 USd weekly per RU or 267 USd monthly per RU on an annual contract
  • This has been arrived at by taking the cost of renting the rack1, breaking it into 40 rack units available for rent, and making the rest of the expenses fit into 2x that rate.
  • Fiat side organized as a Sociedad Anónima
  • Number Crunching continues
  • ~19,000 USd equivalent value expected to be spent between now and December 15th bringing TBI online as of the latest number crunching2

Miscellaneous Selling Points:

  • I sleep less than 2 km from datacenter
  • Thankfully VAT is not appearing to be applied to the export sale of services
  • I am happy to cooperate with all lords of the Republic on their own ISP efforts.3

Inquiries of all kinds are welcome while the number crunching continues.


  1. 5335 USd after 22% VAT 

  2. This number goes up by $priceofMachine for every machine customers would like TBI to supply  

  3. Being located in a Mercosur jurisdiction, this means that any lords with the patience to try cracking the nut that is Brazil are welcome to any assistance which may smooth their struggle.  

TBI October 2017 Report

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I, Aaron "BingoBoingo" Rogier, an individual (identified by GPG
fingerprint ADD7A9A28F85E5EF1F51904F309BB8D7F3251143), attempting to
cling to the lordship have in the month of October sent solicitations
to 56 datacenter operators via email, and ended the month 11 ongoing
conversations with operators, and have recieved one quote for services.
[Datacenters confirmed to be subsidiaries of ISPs including Telestra,
Level 3, and Equinix are excluded from these figures] The most
promising leads are in Hong Kong and Brazil.

The script began the month as:

"I am seeking datacenter quotes in your region for an internet services
business. We are seeking to begin with a one year lease on a 42U
cabinet with 14.4KW of power, a 24 Gbit link with full international
connectivity, and a C block of ipv4 addresses.

Please email with a quote and pricing information
along with any other pertinent information you find makes the case for
choosing your datacenter.

Kind Regards,
Aaron Rogier"

And the script ended the month as:

"I am seeking quotes for datacenter services for an upcoming internet
services business. We are seeking to begin with a year lease on a rack.
We are also considering a few data center providers in Brazil, but the
[location] government's friendlier attitude towards entrepreneurship
makes [location] a very attractive place to do business.

We are looking for:
	1. One 42 U Rack (to colocate as many servers as we can fit
	within a sane heat envelope) 
	2. 6 to 7  Kva power to the rack
	3. A 10 Gbps minimum or preferably a 20 Gbps internet connection
	(as two bonded 10 Gbps links) to the network switch on the
	rack, data transfer billed in a customary 95th percentile
arrangement or at a reasonable rate per Terabyte is acceptable.
	4. One C block of IPv4 addresses (256 contiguous addresses)

Please email me with any questions or to
submit a quote. Feel free to ask questions, it would be very nice if
you could offer pricing information by the end of the week. I look
forward to hearing from you and seeing what your data center can offer.

Kind Regards,
Aaron Rogier"

It has been learned:
   -Large swaths of South East Asia including the "Tiger" economies
have been discovered void of independent datacenters with any
measurable international internet conenctivity -The UAE is dominated by
Equinix and American ISPs dominate the Middle Eastern Market

After recieving a quote from an independent datacenter in Sao Paulo
Brazil, 17 small law firms near the datacenter were contacted and
unknown larger number of firms were contacted through a referral
service. This effort has resulted in referrals to two "business
hosting" companies. Outreach to a member of the WoT local to the
location resulted in referrals to two accounting firms offering similar
"business hosting" arrangements.

One bitcoin of capital was advanced by Mircea "mircea_popescu" Popescu,
an individual (identified by GPG fingerprint 6160E1CAC8A3C529
66FD76998A736F0E2FB7B452), leaving this venture with 1 BTC in cash, and
1 BTC of debt.
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