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Clix Fibra Optica — Finally some good Internet services in Alta de Lisboa. August 15, 2008

Posted by Tom in Alta de Lisboa, Fibre Optics, Techstuff.
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I have whined, I have cried (well almost), I have been to hell and back trying to get a half decent Internet TV Telephone Package installed.
Because Part of Alta de Lisboa has forever been plugged into one of Portugal Telecom’s remote exchanges in a weak attempt to keep us from using the competition.
The competition has tried to fight back in the form of ARTelecom (which was pretty shoddy for me as it didn’t work most of the time) and Netcabo and various mobile operators.
They are all too expensive or not reliable enough.
Now we are promised something new… I could not believe it when a couple of weeks ago I asked some workers what they were doing and they said they were installing Fibre Optics…..
Well folks it’s here (or will be in about two weeks)



It’s a shame the clix website still doesn’t work (though it will surely work one day so you can check it out here:

Bicycle Elevator September 9, 2007

Posted by Tom in Alta de Lisboa, anti-car, Environment, Lisbon, Techstuff.
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One the strongest cases against cycling in Lisbon is the hills. While Lisbon is said to be built on seven hills most of the city is in fact fairly flat. This, however, does not stop politicians claiming that Lisbon will never be a city for cyclists because of the hills.

One of the Seven hills Lisboa

Here you can see one of the hills in question.

Thankfully we can rely on the Norwegians for a solution (Found by Tiago on Viver Alta de Lisboa) .

This is the obvious answer to Lisbon’s hills for cyclists. Now there is no excuse.

For all Lisboners (and any visitors in Lisbon) there will be a city bike ride for the European Mobility week on the 16th September:

A Federação Portuguesa de Cicloturismo e Utilizadores de Bicicleta page

The ride goes from the centre of town near the river to the centre of town in the north of the city (Alta de Lisboa) and back again.

Stressless Cities with Urban Nature May 11, 2007

Posted by Tom in Alta de Lisboa, Cities, social problems.
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Next time you’re feeling stressed while walking around town… Stop, breathe in and remember to look for any signs of Urban Nature.

Something to try… May 2, 2007

Posted by Tom in Alta de Lisboa, geocaching, Techstuff.
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I stumbled across something called Geocaching while searching for news of new developments in Alta de Lisboa. I should explain that one of my many techie skills is uncovering information from the web and I practise by doing things like this. Anyway back to the point… Geocaching is, as I understand it a way to take the leisure of web browsing and get you outside.
As far as I can make out someone leaves a geocache on the web (this is a gps coordinate) then you hunt it down. It sound like my ideal hobby as it involves technology, exploring new places and walking.
I aim to take this up soon… First I need some cheap eqiupment, then some time. I will return to this idea once I’ve tried it out :-)