Category Archives: Guatemala

You can’t fast forward live TV

You can’t fast forward live TV

For the last 3 years my kids have come to know TV viewing as OnDemand with services of Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other ondemand services through the PS3, Xbox, AppleTV, Computer, and my favorite the Roku Box. My kids are now 7 and 4 so their television viewing experience has consisted of this type of technology only.

Yesterday we decided to get a TV provider. Not, because we are missing out on TV viewing because lets be honest. Everything is on the internet legally or not. So, you don’t miss out on content. But, the reason we got it is because my wife is a sports fan and a Lakers fan at that. So, the exclusive deal that Lakers have made with Time Warner Cable SportNet is what finally drove us to order Uverse.

I am football Fan the I must say the paid NFL options are the best that other sports need to mirror. We did look into the NBA online offering but for whatever reason. Lakers games are blacked out if you want to watch them online in Los Angeles. So, that is a useless option.

When I cut the cord a few years ago we had DirecTV and I loved it but this time I decided to tryout Uverse and I already have their internet service and they are giving me a few months free to try them out.

We only have 1 TV in the house with a ethernet solution to the TV already. So, I am sure the installer enjoyed that. It was simply connecting the Motorola Cable Box into my Networking Switch and that was it. I think it took him longer to program the remote control for our TV then it did for the overall installation.

So that was it.

I must say it is nice to have NickJR back. My kids are 4 and 7 years old and I know our parenting might be considered strict when it comes to what our kids watch. We don’t let our kids watch Spungebob. If you take a step back and really watch a lot of the programming kids are watching you notice that most of the shows make comedy into the expense of someone being hurt, humiliated, and talked down too. You wonder why bullying is such a problem look at the programs they are watching. Calling someone Stupid has been accepted as if your telling someone hello.

Now, I am not blaming Television. I am blaming parents. Because, parents need to also informed their kids. Although, the shows depicted as acceptable it is not acceptable for you to put someone down and call them stupid or for you to do it.

That is the discussion we had with oldest child when we started to allow her to watch Disney’s Phineas and Ferb. The show allows her to see that kids can build almost anything as long as they try but sometimes the word Stupid is used. I am glad we had this discussion because my oldest knows although they say it in the show it is not acceptable and tollerated by us for her to use the word stupid. If she does she looses the privileged to watch such shows.

If a decade from know this ideology is confirmed and parents are encourage to educate their kids and only show them wholesome type television content the first 9 years of their life. I want my family to take the credit. #justsaying 🙂

So back to my kids learning the concept of live television.

My kids started to notice that when they change to a channel. They were not able to select the show that was already in progress to restart from the beginning. It was interesting to see them figure out that they can set the show to record, pause what they are watching, rewind only from the point they started watching, and understand that once this show is over another started. The fact my kids had see TV shows as automatic shows playing on a set playlist is really weird. But, I guess they will compare it to what they are familiar with. The same way we compared DVR and On-Demand to a VCR when we first started to get introduced to this technology.

Earthquake in Guatelama!

Guatemala Earthquake and Teremoto at Dave Mora

The last few days. My birth county of “Chapin Landia” has been rocked by number of quakes. Sure, I live in Los Angeles and earthquakes here are not a big deal. I feel safe during the earthquake because I have come to expect that buildings are build in code I don’t have to worry about bricks falling on me while I am at home or in the office.

But, in “Chapin Landia” I don’t have that same trust in the builders. It seems they use cement and bricks in everything they build.

San Marcos seems to have been hard according to PrensaLibre’s website.

Beneath the layers of corruption, crime, injustice, and heavy smog. Their still lies a county of rich history, humbled people, and breath taking views. That is the “Guate” that lives in my heart and when I visit the country. That is the “Guate” I remember and embrace. The last time a big earthquake hit that country I was only a thought in my parents mind and I grew up with stories of friends and family buried alive. Stories of people getting just seconds before the building they were in finally collapsing to rubble.

So, when I heard of the recent earthquake in Guatemala those are images that fill my head. Picturing the handful of family members still in that country having to dodge bricks is what I picture when I hear of large earthquake in Guatemala.

I am happy to report that they are fine. But, the next few weeks will be a challenge of many towns have lost running water and electricity. So, I will hope for the best.

If you have a spare dollar consider the Red Cross of Guatemala and donate.

Mi Guate ?

Dave Mora is Chapin

Yo soy Chapin! Although I have lived in the United States since the young age of 3. I still miss my home country of Guatemala. Sadly, when I do visit my home country I feel more like a tourist then someone who is going back home.

I always attempted to stay in touch with my family and try to create new friendships with the people in Guatemala. All my attempts over the last 10 years have ended failed.

That was until Twitter came into the picture. Twitter is the first Social Network that has allowed me to develop friendships with not only the people in Guatemala but also my fellow geeks.

I learned about BarCampGT and Exponet via twitter. Although I missed them this year I hope next year I can fit them into my schedule.

I began to have dialogs with many geeks in Guatemala and learning about their development ventures. I began to get the feeling that it was only a matter of time before people outside the inner circle will also take notice.

Growing up I always felt that Guatemala will one day have the spotlight either by having a Nobel Peace Price winner in Science, develop something that resembles NASA, become a powerhouse in the Soccer world, or even become the only Latin America country to encourage and develop the next phase of Computer and Web Development.

I never thought corruption and the arrest of a fellow twitter user would put my little home country in the spotlight.

I am not going to try and explain everything in detail. Because I don’t know everything. I just know the little bits of information I have and what people have voiced via twitter using the hash tag #escandalogt .

So, I will simply do what I do best. Talk about what I have experienced.

As a latino. I grew up accepting that Latin America countries are all corrupt. It was not treated as a theory, an idea, or even a rumor. I grew up knowing it as a fact. Regardless if that fact was the truth or not. So, stories of corrupt judges, companies, or police officers were just the cost of living in a Latin American country.

But, as I got older and began to travel into my little home county. I began to notice a few things. It had its issues. But, it also had an awesome good side. I started to see that people make more with less. It has an awesome little Ubuntu group, OpenSource advocates, and yes even Apple Fanboys.

I am feeding off the energy the country has been kind enough to share with me.

I was introduced to the whole Guatemala issue by this video.



I began almost like a spy movie. “If you watching this. It means I am dead”. Mr. Rosenberg was gun down in his community and shortly after his death this video was release.

He accuses not only the government but the President for his death. ( You can read more details here )

The corruption was linked the financial industry and that was the second major scandal that happen in my poor country.

A Twitter user was arrested for suggesting that we should take our money out of the banks.

A lot of people have forgotten about the laws that prevent you from causing panic and undermining financial institutions that were pass after the US Wall Street crashed many years ago.

Many countries outside the US have similar laws in place to prevent a wide panic of people taking out their money from the bank.

I have had lengthy discussion with many people both in the US and Guatemala arguing if he should have been arrested or not. Now, in my opinion I think his actions were valid concern and anger but he was not planning to cause panic or undermine the financial stability of the county. I think he fell into one of those “Technical” things. But, to do an arrest during the major scandal is just bad PR.

But, I am happy to report he is back home.

Many people took to demostrate to he street in a peaceful manner. ( http://www.boingboing.net )

I just hope my little home country can get over this issue and go back and allow the local geeks work on their projects with out negative PR or actual wrong doing.

I hope in the next few years my little country does become known for something positive.