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I made the switch and seemed to have much less trouble than you.
No automatic addressbook migration
I seem to remember reading somewhere that they are working on this, I think there's some standard which will allow them to integrate with smart phone/exchange servers..?
I can't find my Gmail labels/folders of my mail
This is odd, all mine came through. I wonder if it's because Gmail uses labels where each mail can have multiple labels and FM uses folders where you can only have one per email.
if I don't switch my forwards, my emails will get more out of sync as everyday passes.
Not sure what you mean by this, if you set up FM to fetch (ie, no forward involved) your Gmail emails I don't see a problem.
A few issues that I have with FM that you haven't mentioned:
- You can setup alternate logins, but you can't remove/disable your main username/password and force the use of the alternate logins, like you can force two step authentication with Gmail.
- It does seem a bit silly that you have to manually setup the bayes learning of spam and non-spam, once I'd done this my spam filtering was much improved, but I don't get why this isn't done automatically.
- There's no "pinned" view, like Gmail's starred view. The best you can do is set pinned to the top, but then you can't see your new mail, and this is slow.
- By default messages sent using their SMTP server will not get added to your Sent folder.
Definitely a difficult choice as to whether double the cost is worth it for double the speed, albeit still a painful upload. Personally I wish it was possible to set a profile that sacrificed some of the download frequencies for more upload.
From looking at Samknows and BT infinity's broadband checkers, you can at least be sort-of cheered up to see they now more-or-less correctly predict 12Mb/s down, 1Mb/s up for your phone number.
The whole rural broadband thing seems to be an incredibly difficult problem.. fingers crossed for affordable FTTP, but I suspect even that will still leave people at a longer distance with a lesser connection; it's unlikely to ever match what will be available in cities, though hopefully it'll at least be adequate for normal use.
Have you not written to your MP yet? It would be appropriate given how much tax-payer money BT is getting.
Coming to the UK the wrong way around the world is admittedly a bad idea in terms of latency, but latency isn't bandwidth.
Latency affects bandwidth, in that by default a single TCP connection will send acknowledgments, and this delays the number of outstanding packets on a given link (along with other factors). I suspect this is what you are seeing, go look at any resource on tuning TCP. I think you are seeing the effect of a big world on TCP connections, obviously coming the wrong way round makes the world look bigger.
But if what you need is bandwidth, rather than low latency, there are ways and means to obtain it, either through tuning TCP settings (particularly if you control both ends), opening multiple TCP connections, or using protocols other than TCP.
What are you actually trying to get from Europe than needs more than 5Mbps?
Censorship need not slow the connection down, it can create other problems, but in the UK is it usually implemented by routing allegedly bad IP addresses to a proxy (which can then selectively filter sites, or individual images, or protocols), since those routing decisions happen anyway, the impact is likely to be negligible, at least when no censored IP addresses are involved in a connection.
That I know this shows that censorship in the UK fails to be transparent, especially when I have to explain to the routing engineers at the ISP involved that the servers in my problematic traceroute is their censorship proxy (sigh).
Installing and adding DHCLIENT=yes to my home network in /etc/network.d did it!
The Guardian published a story about cycling on the same day.
To get cycling mainstream, experts agree, you need wholesale investment in infrastructure, most obviously well-designed and continuous cycle lanes, separated from faster traffic by a kerb or other barrier and with cyclists offered protection at junctions. The philosophy was summed up by Enrique Peñalosa, who as mayor of Bogotá revolutionised transport in the Colombian capital: "A bicycle way that is not safe for an eight-year-old is not a bicycle way."