Turning 32 In Montevideo

After a roller coaster last few weeks where I have learned a lot about myself and the world, this week has been a great chance to practice "One Day at a Time" while a new management arrangement is working out how to take on the ashes of a venture I was insufficient to birth. At the start of the week I had come to accept my impending voyage home. I just was dreading the act of flying back. My first experience with plane travel was the marathon trip to Uruguay and as homesick as I was to return to human AA meetings and hardware store lyfe… That's a hell of a long way home.

Through late Tuesday there was no noise coming out of the Republic on the ISP question. Reading back, there were a lot of gems that could have been of great value sent back in a time machine capsule to November. When Mircea published his experimental results, being the ruminating thinker that I am no small part of me wondered how much time this experiment had been extended by getting a favorable response to the January statement after finally cracking that Dosiedoes ought to be accounted as tangibles rather than cash.

Sometime after the results were published… mod6 et al began to talk me into staying in Montevideo. Parties to the discussion I assume all have logs and their terminal, and corporate communication is a management decision I defer to them. Males are the shy gender and there was a lot of emotion and plopping hairy balls menacingly on the table.

The flow of the conversation was thusly:

  • They had been doing math and were interested in a bailout. I pointedly was not interested in a bailout, but a takeover. In light of my recent lessons on my self management ineffectiveness I had to insist that Mircea's exit offer to go home was actually a kindness.
  • They came around on the idea of a take over.
  • From there followed the matter of how to ensure BingoBoingo as a hired hand is left no worse than he was when management decided to adopt him.
  • The fellowship aspiring to management was put through a necessarily lighter1 version of the inevitable questions which would emerge with their proposal.
  • Focus thus far was on how to keep the thing warm before it expires. The fellowship bought a month of myself and a month of datacenter.

As this was going on, developments in meatspace moved in an encouraging direction as well. It turns out I do actually have friends among the live intellects here. When I felt sure I was on my way out of Montevideo I let the ones, who I felt deserved the notice know. And it turns out that in times of stress this filters out friends from among the friendly people.

Which brings us to the Birthday. I was surprised with an alfajor a candle, and had the opportunity to discuss the shortcomings of the Uruguayos with a fellow refugee from socialism in our respective old countries.

Saturday afternoon an old repair to one of my teeth broke, that same evening arragements were made to repair it.

Things are still one day at a time. I still live in a hostel, and it is increasingly comfortable. Shit isn't so bad when I get out of my own way.


  1. Because I am only me. Just because I recently encounter the blades and survived doesn't mean I have come close to mastery. Humility yes, mastery no.  

A Summary Of BBisp Activity

Things Accomplished:

  • A Rack Was Leased: Contract and Math on the endeavor that produces a weekly price of 33.15 Universal Standard Dosiedoes per week for one rack unit.
  • The local poverty in terms of money and hardware were probed and discovered to be profound.
  • A 48 port Gigabit Ethernet switch was installed in the Cabinet along with a 1U low power Qntra Server
  • It was discovered BingoBoingo is incapable of delivering the self direction necessary to carry this endevor on his own. The willingness and ability for someone to fill this gap is a hard problem.

Challenges:

  • Of the original capital 900 Dosiedoes were spent with an accountant that delivered to BingoBoingo a unipersonal enterprise and no bank account, and no timeline for acquiring a bank account. This makes BTC/fiat conversions a time consuming exercise in masochism. A non-US corporation or non-US passport holder could cut through this pile of wank.
  • Guidance on import customs and fees is opaque. Locals with knowledge and experience potentially useful in sorting through this are thoroughly enmeshed in the local holiday culture. on days like today1, December and the first half of January2, and weird shit like Nostalgia day in August
  • Uncertainty BingoBoingo sufficiently put the screws to the locals to get results off the printed menu. This hazard presents itself prominently with the IPv4 address situation.
  • BingoBoingo indeed got drunk. Because of this, the humorless locals, and cargo cult AA down here I would like an concrete exit plan. A bailout or series of bailouts contingent on BingoBoingo stays in Montevideo indefinitely and hopefully terraforms the place into civilization while surviving on the friendship of one Venezolana and conversation with whoever passes through the hostel over the winter does not present a risk profile at this time which substantially interests me.
  • A clean, clear takeover where BingoBoingo can handover operations and leave on a note of "well meaning but ineffectual, though he did successfully turn over the keys to what was left" after 1, 3, 6, or 12 months is interesting. Being conscripted to act as a principal in a venture I am well out of my depth and ability to manage frankly sounds like hell, especially when Mircea Popescu had the kindness to offer a plane ticket and a hard lesson.

Questions are welcome and necessary.


  1. Carnival 

  2. Navidad, New Years, and the local mandate that fiat employee vacation days be contiguous  

Twelve Runs Of speedtest-cli From The Qntra Server

negrodamus:~# speedtest-cli
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration…
Testing from Paswer International S.A. (161.0.121.253)…
Retrieving speedtest.net server list…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Silica Networks (Caba) [204.00 km]: 40.306 ms
Testing download speed……………………………………………………………………..
Download: 18.80 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed……………………………………………………………………………………
Upload: 185.52 Mbit/s
negrodamus:~# speedtest-cli
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration…
Testing from Paswer International S.A. (161.0.121.253)…
Retrieving speedtest.net server list…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Claro Uruguay (Montevideo) [1.03 km]: 42.552 ms
Testing download speed……………………………………………………………………..
Download: 17.38 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed……………………………………………………………………………………
Upload: 183.57 Mbit/s
negrodamus:~# speedtest-cli
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration…
Testing from Paswer International S.A. (161.0.121.253)…
Retrieving speedtest.net server list…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Silica Networks (Caba) [204.00 km]: 39.517 ms
Testing download speed……………………………………………………………………..
Download: 18.82 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed……………………………………………………………………………………
Upload: 164.90 Mbit/s
negrodamus:~# speedtest-cli
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration…
Testing from Paswer International S.A. (161.0.121.253)…
Retrieving speedtest.net server list…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Telecom Personal (La Plata) [162.75 km]: 38.934 ms
Testing download speed……………………………………………………………………..
Download: 18.82 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed……………………………………………………………………………………
Upload: 180.61 Mbit/s
negrodamus:~# speedtest-cli
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration…
Testing from Paswer International S.A. (161.0.121.253)…
Retrieving speedtest.net server list…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Claro Uruguay (Montevideo) [1.03 km]: 37.671 ms
Testing download speed……………………………………………………………………..
Download: 17.75 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed……………………………………………………………………………………
Upload: 191.73 Mbit/s
negrodamus:~# speedtest-cli
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration…
Testing from Paswer International S.A. (161.0.121.253)…
Retrieving speedtest.net server list…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Telecom Personal (La Plata) [162.75 km]: 37.109 ms
Testing download speed……………………………………………………………………..
Download: 18.57 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed……………………………………………………………………………………
Upload: 175.01 Mbit/s
negrodamus:~# speedtest-cli
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration…
Testing from Paswer International S.A. (161.0.121.253)…
Retrieving speedtest.net server list…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Claro Uruguay (Montevideo) [1.03 km]: 39.807 ms
Testing download speed……………………………………………………………………..
Download: 18.48 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed……………………………………………………………………………………
Upload: 190.79 Mbit/s
negrodamus:~# speedtest-cli
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration…
Testing from Paswer International S.A. (161.0.121.253)…
Retrieving speedtest.net server list…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Silica Networks (Caba) [204.00 km]: 37.164 ms
Testing download speed……………………………………………………………………..
Download: 18.84 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed……………………………………………………………………………………
Upload: 185.66 Mbit/s
negrodamus:~# speedtest-cli
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration…
Testing from Paswer International S.A. (161.0.121.253)…
Retrieving speedtest.net server list…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Telecom Personal (La Plata) [162.75 km]: 41.466 ms
Testing download speed……………………………………………………………………..
Download: 18.66 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed……………………………………………………………………………………
Upload: 186.67 Mbit/s
negrodamus:~# speedtest-cli
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration…
Testing from Paswer International S.A. (161.0.121.253)…
Retrieving speedtest.net server list…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Telecom Personal (La Plata) [162.75 km]: 38.743 ms
Testing download speed……………………………………………………………………..
Download: 18.84 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed……………………………………………………………………………………
Upload: 189.65 Mbit/s
negrodamus:~# speedtest-cli
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration…
Testing from Paswer International S.A. (161.0.121.253)…
Retrieving speedtest.net server list…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Silica Networks (Caba) [204.00 km]: 39.007 ms
Testing download speed……………………………………………………………………..
Download: 18.82 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed……………………………………………………………………………………
Upload: 182.84 Mbit/s
negrodamus:~# speedtest-cli
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration…
Testing from Paswer International S.A. (161.0.121.253)…
Retrieving speedtest.net server list…
Selecting best server based on ping…
Hosted by Telecom Personal (La Plata) [162.75 km]: 39.489 ms
Testing download speed……………………………………………………………………..
Download: 18.76 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed……………………………………………………………………………………
Upload: 189.57 Mbit/s

BBisp Shopping And Shops List For Exploring

12 x AMD FX-8350 not the sku with the Wraith Cooler

12 x ASRock 970M PRO3

36 SSD Samsung 860 EVO 1 TB MZ-76E1T0B/AM

RAM 64 GB per Machine:

48 x 16 GB DDR3 1866 modules ct16g3r186dm

Heavy Shit

12 x Rosewill RSV-Z2700 2U Server Chassis or similar 2U chassis

12 x SeaSonic SS-400L2U 400W 2U Power Supply. If the RSV-Z2700 or another chassis that eats ATX power supplies can be had, ATX power supplies with 80 mm rear blowing fans will work.

36 x 2.5“- 3.5“ Adapter brackets or 18 brackets that convert one 3.5“bay into two 2.5“bays

12 x Power Cables C13 to C13

12 x Cat 6 network cables

36 x SATA Cables

Shops

Thot Computacion, Av. Gral. Rivera 3530
Cyc Informatica, Av. Gral. Rivera 3387
MercadoLider Importaciones, Av. Gral. Rivera 3250
Sampler, Av.Gral. Rivera 2784
NNet, Eduardo Víctor Haedo 236, Esq. Br. Artigas (Tres Cruces)
and Soriano 1102 Esq. Paraguay (Centro)
Fast Import, Daniel Muñoz 2258
Techno 18, Av. 18 de Julio 2178
OK Computers, Daniel Muñoz 1983
Techno City, La Paz 2285
Game Gear, Miguelete 2317
Miami Shop, Av Gral Rondeau 1512
Newtek Computers, Dr Aquilez Lanza 1308
Infoland, Br.Artigas 564
Compusyst, Juan Benito Blanco 1176
World Master, 26 de Marzo 3439

 

Comments Welcome

A Morning Of Growth And Magic Words

Following the latest incident in which dealing with a matter in which local businesses practices had lead to yet another deluge of adrenaline and dread, I found myself in a position where I had to pass on exactly the urgency I been squeezed into and… unlike the last time where the accountant completely failed… A functional response emerged. Mutual urgency and absolute business necessity managed to break the dance of "usual suppliers" and "this arbitrarily limited set of rituals is what we have done before and we are deathly afraid to deviate from it". A request I had been making for a while in the form of:

Let's get some commodity hardware, I don't particularly care how. Let us make lots of money together.

Which was obstructed by the cargo cult dance of trying to imitate how business is done. Outside of this point the provider had otherwise behaved sanely proving the space, power, and connectivity requested. For some reason "provide exactly the hardware requested" had hit a stumbling block. For some religious reason they had to have a supplier to solicit quotes from to forward those quotes. Yet:

Let's get some commodity hardware, I don't particularly care how but if it can't be had business is impossible. Let us make lots of money together.

Was apparently the proper way structure a request that opens up the vast catalog of shit that can be ordered off the vast catalogs of the internet. That:

but if it can't be had business is impossible.

Was necessary will likely keep me somewhat pissed off until I fall asleep and wake up into a new day. What I have to keep with me after the acute disruption fades is that this construction appears to be working. As of this minute I am waiting for the quote, it should be arriving soon. Unless there's some other magic words I need to learn to take more cult out of the cargo cult.

Pricing Information: Fun With Numbers

Building from the datacenter costs, the BBisp is paying $900 monthly for a full 42U rack1 and 1423 US Dosidoes for 20/200 Mbps internet service, for a total of 2323 USD before the 22% VAT which tacks on 511.06 USD for a grand total of 2834.06 USD monthly going to the datacenter.

The Simple Pricing Scheme

For this we take the 2323 USD figure pretax and get our weekly rate for 1U service with internet connectivity.

[12*(2323*2)]/(52*40) = 55752/2080  = 26.8 USD per Rack Unit Week

Everyone gets bolted in, everyone shares the internet pipe.

Itemizing Costs

Let us start with the rack because it is easy:

[12*(900*2)]/(52*40) = 21600/2080 = 10.38 USD per Rack Unit Week

Server gets bolted in and you propose math for making whatever sort of custom connectivity option you desire work out in the forum or in the comments to this post. It gets discussed, checked for sanity, and the results of the deliberation go into the comments of this post with links to the log discussion. Thusly precedents are set, recorded, and may be consulted in the future for the next customer's convenience.

Bonus Time

Your humble Qntra editor posing at his CoWork's museum2 with the historic bag which brought the ISP switch and Qntra server3 out of the Empire's heart.


  1. Of which 40 will be salable because the switch and the router have to live somewhere.  

  2. They call it a "library"  

  3. Space on which is to become available for rent soon  

The Boingo ISP January 2018 Monthly Statement

Bitcoin Incoming and Outgoing
Incoming Outgoing
Description Value Description Value
 Cash To Pay Datacenter  0.63202778  Cash Paid To Datacenter  0.63202778
 Infusion To Test Trade Waters  0.25  Foreign Exchange  0.04876872
Total 0.88202778 Total 0.6807965

 

Leperolade Incoming and Outgoing
Incoming Outgoing
Description Value Description Value
 Foreign Exchange  500 Hostel February Rent 570
Rent Office 325
Interpreter Services 60
Residency Expenses1 75
Power And Network Cables 23
Other Equipment 45
Total 500 Total 1098 USD2

 

Assets
Account 1.1.18 Net Change 1.2.18
Cash 0 + 0.20123128 0.20123128
Tangilbles 0.23 + 0.01552917 0.215529174
Intangibles and Goodwill 0.8  + 0.694201655 1.49420165

 

Liabilities
Account 1.1.18 Net Change 1.2.18
Mircea Popescu 1 + 0.88202778 1.88202778

A foreign exchange induced variance in the intangibles account of +0.02884432 is noted in this statement. A future move to weekly reconciliation of fiat/BTC fx movement may dampen this type of variance in the future. Lords and ladies of the Republic are enouraged to double check this accounting.

No revenue was realized this period. With internet connectivity achived and substantial gratitude towards the daring activist investor that made this possible, revenue may begin being realized over the next period.


  1. Because this is apparently the way to cut through the Estadounidense passport handicap, progress on this front should yield fruit in late March or early April.  

  2. Expenses made in USD and Pesos reported as USD 

  3. 2671 USD remaining of the gangsta roll last statement normalized to Volume-weighted last average price 13263 USD/BTC reported jhvh1  

  4. Filty fiat holdings of 2073 normalized to jhvh1 reported Volume-weighted last average 9618.18724777 This foreign exchage thing… 

  5. Calculated by taking the 0.63202778 cash payment to the datacenter and 598 Unified Standard Dosidoes in net payments from the tangible accounts normalized to BTC at the jhvh1 reported Volume-weighted last average 9618.1872477.7 for a variance of +0.02883432. While this may appear to imply a profit of a couple bitcents, in reality value was expended, and the price signal is shit. 

Datacenter Costs

For the glory of the Republic and since its been a while without publishing more recent numbers, here's what the Datacenter is offering me on price:

One full rack: 900 USD/month plus $900 one time set up fee1

For connectivity they have managed to offer a selection of options which all have a $250 installation fee, here's the more interesting options:2

100/100 Mpbs Symmetric: 3037 USD monthly

Or there's asymmetric options (downlink/uplink):

10/100 Mpbs 815 USD monthly

20/100 Mpbs 1092 USD monthly

20/200 Mpbs 1423 USD monthly

Persons interested in harware pricing are welcome to submit specs or particular machines they are interested in. Uruguay lacks a robust market in rackmount computer equipment and thusly machine pricing needs to be investigated on a per machine basis.

 

 


  1. They offer half racks for 700/USD with 700/USD for setup 

  2. slower dedicated lines are available  

And The Residency Process Has Started

A couple days ago I started the process of applying for Residency here. I have an appointment in March to drop off my papers for review, and within a few weeks I will have a local identify card. This is the step I should have taken when I first arrived in much the same way I should have moved outside the US years ago. Residency is the knife that cuts the USG system. Even the initial provisional residency will suffice to cut the gringo paperwork knot, the full rights and priviledges start as soon as the card is issued.

The first thing to know is that nearly everything online in the English language about the process of applying for Residency is out of date. The second thing to know is that Uruguay thirsts for young1 immigrants. The third is that if you've been paying a Veneualan cash under the table for Spanish lessons they will be very interested in assisting the residency process to protect their revenue stream.

To the end of advancing my deUSization I do now have one asset I did not have on arrival. I have a pequeña empresa2 which may be used to satisfy the income requirements for residency and contract with other firms. And there's also the data center eager to do business.

The other upside is that the disappointing educational experience of my disappointment with the consultora has allowed time to develope greater fluency in Spanish, a more clear impression of the locals,3 and connections to non-Anglophone expat communities.4 Footwork continues, but there is still quite a distance before real shoes and vacations to the saltwater beaches on the East Coast are earned.


  1. Under 60 years of age  

  2. This is a local sort of unipersonal business popular among Uber drivers and acquired at a cost greater than these things should have.  

  3. largely idle, excessively risk averse  

  4. Access to the Venezualan expat community is opening, slowly.  

Una Bandida Robo Mi Escalera De Cama – Un Historia Para Todos Edades

En la noche de Lunes me voy a dormir. A las tres me despierto. Tengo que hacer pipi. Alguien robo mi escalera! En este dormitorio solo chicas y yo esta noche. Es un juego muy peligroso que juegan estas chicas, robar mi escalera. Llamo por telefono y un voluntario de hostal toma una escalera de una cama de una chica para permitirme salir.

Despues de hacer pipi encuentro la escalera que falta. Una chica muy estupida movio la escalera y la convirtio en un toallero lejos de las camas. La proxima tarde las escaleras fueron atornillada a las camas. La noche pasada, nadie me robo mi escalera.