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Korea’s Broken Internet Paradise

March 27, 2014

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Earlier today, we were talking about a TL;DR topic in the car about some common misconceptions about Korea, which we thought would make for a cool video. The last idea that we thought of for that video was about the awesomeness of Korea’s internet. We talked about it for such a long time that we realized, hey, we’ve been talking about this long enough for a full TL;DR, so why not do it as its own video?

So, here we are, and I hope that we’re clear with how we feel about Korean internet. Yes, we love it in many, many ways, and I’ll still pick it over the internet in any other country in the world, except for – maybe – Japan, which we’ve experienced as delightfully fast and not as hindered – but that was only from the perspective as tourists. I’m not sure if Japan’s internet has as many security flaws as Korea’s. Anyhow, even though this video talks about the negatives of Korea’s internet, we simply offer that as a counterbalance to the perception that Korea’s internet is glorious. It’s great in many ways, and flawed in many ways as well.

Another thing we find really interesting: I have no idea how the Korean news is reacting to Korea’s security breaches. Didn’t Target in the US recently get its customer data compromised? Didn’t everyone in the news loooooose their miiiinds? How would they react to a bank losing half of the country’s info, or for a major telecom to have its data compromised as well? I’m not sure. Just asking. Another thing: is it that Korea’s security just sucks, or is it that Korea’s hackers just have crazy mad hacking skills, and if they went to, say, Canada, they’d be living like kings from all the hacking they can do? Anyone in the IT field have any insight into this? Oh, and for the record, we weren’t joking about that letter we showed you. All of our info was leaked from KT. Great…

Some of you might be wondering why porn is banned here in Korea. From what we’ve heard, there was supposedly a horrific murder case in Korea, and they found porn on the murderer’s computer. So, the conclusion was that watching porn makes you bad. Is that how it was? I’m not sure, but if that’s the case, I’m sure they found kimchi in his fridge as well, but I’m still waiting on the kimchi ban to be suggested.

One thing we didn’t talk about for Korean internet practices: Hangul Word Press. Hangul Freaking Word Press! Oh God, how I hate hwp files! If you don’t know what it is, it’s basically Microsoft Word, but for Korea. It’s its own software, and, instead of exporting .pdfs or .doc files, it exports .hwp files, and the only freaking thing that can open .hwp files is Hangul Word Press. BUUUUT you can’t install it on Mac, and you can’t install it if you don’t know Korean enough. You might think, oh no big deal: it’s made for Koreans in Korea. Fine. I’m ok with that. What I’m not ok with is government websites aimed for foreigners, that put Visa application forms, or different tourism documents, in hwp format! Come on! If you’re making it for foreigners, make it a PDF! YYEEAERGGGHHH!

**Edit** I was just sent an email from a friend who said there’s an app to view hwp files on the Mac. I never used it yet, but it exists

Another small issue we have is this: we’d love to hire a web developer. Our site is very dynamic, and we’re constantly adding a bunch of different things to it, tweaking it here and there. Our web developer is totally awesome, but he lives in the US. We thought, hey, let’s get a web developer here in Korea. Should be easy enough, right? There are lots of programmers here. Lots! Just…none of them can code for WordPress. It’s just not common enough here. No one has enough experience (or, we just can’t find them!).

There are lots of people who blog in Korea, but a big portion of those blogs are on Naver or Daum. Self-hosting your blog isn’t that common, because free services are available on really popular platforms. So why host your own blog? For us, stuff like our KpopCharts and KpopAwards, and other functionality we’re building in right now, requires a lot of customization, which publicly hosted blogs don’t really offer. I’ll stop nerd-talking here: point is, we couldn’t find a web developer here in Korea.

Anyhow, that’s it for our talk on Korea’s internet scene here. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter. If you’re Korean here in Korea, are you finding issues with the internet here as well or is it great for you? How about those real name verification laws, eh? And if you’re outside of Korea, what’s your internet situation like? We’d love to compare notes :D

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  1. Simon! come play League of Legends :3

    3 years ago
    • I’d like to, but I know it’s already too late. People are too good at that game. I’d just start playing and get destroyed. No thank you!

      3 years ago
      • No problem actually. Just play at the US server and you’ll be fine XD If people you match-up with seems to do too well (as you level up), just make a new account and start over :P

        3 years ago
      • If you want to play a new MOBA, Blizzard is coming out with one called Heroes of the Storm. Since it’s new, you’ll be on a mostly level playing field (those with experience playing MOBAs like League and those who played Heroes from alpha will have an edge). Then you can get sucked into the Blizzard world like me. :P heh heh heh

        3 years ago
      • Hahaha It’s never too late! You just need someone to show you the ropes! ;)
        You don’t have to be good to have fun!!

        3 years ago
  2. I live in Romania. Our internet speed is fast and we don’t have any restrictions. Also a plus, our laws are really permissive, so piracy is really HUGE here :)))

    3 years ago
  3. not sure how it is in korea, but we have cable, dsl, satellite – so many options! recently there have been places implementing fiberoptics. its supposed to be super fast – but it goes out all the time. according to reviews at least. we love fast. me and hubby are both gamers (whoop whoop. any league of legends fans?) but when it slows down, we don’t mind because at least during a storm, it doesn’t cut out. which is important for us when we’re in the middle of doing something.

    so far our speed we find to be reasonable with the price. we get 50mbps + cable (i think we have 300+ channels….) for 120-130 a month. if it goes up any more than that then we’ll probably down grade or find something else, but so far for us it’s been reliable which is more important for us.

    being in the U.S. we just have NSA and IRS down our backs daily. i’ll joke when talking on the phone or emailing people saying “look out, nsa is reading our convo. lets say hi!” ha. yea. it feels similar to being on lock down.

    sorry i write essays. i’m much more comfortable with written word than verbal. then again, i’m sure if i was able to video tape and edit my “ums and uhs” out in daily life i’d be considered an amazing speaker.

    3 years ago
  4. Simon should grow a big mustache to go with his new hair style, and he would look like an awesome old-timey boxer.

    3 years ago
  5. One thing I found weird was trying to get a .kr for a domain name is a little weird..

    3 years ago
  6. Here in good ol’ NY, internet is okay…if you are on at the right time….late afternoon to evening the internet slows down cause so many people are on all the time! But Google is rolling out Google Fiber but it is only in select places. It has internet speeds up to 1GB i hear…..gosh i wish i had that!!!!

    3 years ago
  7. Can you talk about funerals in South Korea? And if family members pay fees to store the cremated bodies in a Columbarium?

    3 years ago
    • Actually in my country, we have the funerals for 3 days. People come to visit the deceased’s family and give condolences. Usually the deceased’s family would not cook during the funeral, because they are either too sad to think of food or busy with the visitors, so some of the neighbors or close friends would cook for them and the visitors during that time.
      As for the deceased we NEVER cremate the body (it is disrespectful to cause any harm to the corpse). The body of the deceased is washed and then they put some kind of perfume on and then the naked body is wrap in a white cloth that looks like a towel to cover it. After that, the body is take to a large place where men gather and pray for the deceased, then they take the body and bury it (No coffin). No woman is allowed to go to the burial or a cemetery (Don’t know the exact reason why, maybe because we are an emotional creature).

      3 years ago
      • I honestly don’t get the whole “women are emotional creatures” thing… Anger is an emotion too, and so is pride in my opinion. Not that all men are angry and prideful… But not all women are constantly sad either;

        3 years ago
      • That’s sad to me that the woman isn’t allowed to go to the burial/cemetery. I would hate not to be able to get one last goodbye in. :(

        3 years ago
    • omg lol i was going to ask about funerals in korea as well read my mind. Adding to that there is also a culture difference in koreans and americans when it comes to funeral. In the U.S we dont give any money during the funeral unless the family is really poor and they give about $100-150. In Korea it is kind of a given that whenever a guest attends a funeral that they have to give money. It’s usually like $100-500 depends on how much you know them too.

      3 years ago
    • My mother in-law died last month. We did a christian ceremony in a Korea funeral home for 48 straight hours (me, the American relative, got to spend time in the “Love Motel” to get some real sleep), then transported by hearse and bus to a central crematorium (think of EYK’s wedding hall TL’DR except larger) then to a memorial park. Cost is 350000W for 15 years and can be renewed for another 10 years (resident rates, more expensive if from outside that township). The funeral offered both traditional Korean funerals and christian style. The christian style was overall Korean Traditional, but with western influences. Less wailing and crying and more worshiping.

      3 years ago
    • Omg yes! This would be a very interesting topic! I know different religions here have different ceremonies, but are they any country standard ceremonies? Or they are different religions in Korea, so what kind of funerals do they have? I’d love to see this in a TL;DR! :D

      3 years ago
  8. I’d say YouTube loading slow would drive me up the wall… but it takes FOREVER to load at my school, and on my old laptop, even AFTER we got FibreOp (which is fast on this computer, just not on the old one) I think I’m getting used to things being blocked as well… Pretty much anything even remotely entertaining (and in some cases, actually educational) is blocked at my school, which makes it hard to do research orz (Nova Scotian nasty here^^)

    3 years ago
  9. In Czech Republic speed depends on your provider, some are crappy, some not. I have fairly good provider, we have internet and TV from him – 58/46 Mb/s and it cost about 65 000 won. 8D Goverment dont block pages, but some providers block p2p sites, which sucks for their users. 8D

    3 years ago
  10. this was seriously interesting to know!!
    now i’m not SO jealous of the Korean Internet!! i mean i kinda am cos of the speed, but hey i can live with mine! at least i can go on whatever the hell i want!

    not surprised at Korea mostly using Daum and Naver but i’m kinda surprised of the YT part!

    3 years ago
  11. *sigh* It’s not the failure of Active X, but the failure of the various companies to update their systems. Here in the USA, Windows XP is about to expire. However, 98% of all ATMs are still using Windows XP. And the banks and companies running these systems have known about it for years and years. Rather than spend the money to upgrade, they are now paying Microsoft money to keep them alive (when they could have spent the money ages ago to prepare and change). Until it is a crisis, many of these companies refuse to invest in a change.

    3 years ago
    • Part of my job is sending documents to a government agency. The main one is massive (10K page). We send it on a CD/DVD with a special XML that lists the contents. The tool that generates the XML file requires Office 2003/Windows XP. They are starting to fix the tool, but here is the kicker; the new version requires Office 2010 64. It will not work at all with Office 2010 32. I know this because I may have been the only beta tester that it ever had (they apparently can’t install the tool to beta test it because of their security requirements, I don’t know if they were planning to send it untested or not). i don’t know what to do when we next upgrade our Office.
      The new tool still hasn’t been released, so our IT basically said you can keep your XP machine, but it can’t access the internet. Thankfully, it can access our network.

      3 years ago
      • I must admit that the earlier Office programs were the best. We had Office 2003 in my high school/middle school until maybe about 3 years ago. To me everything was easier to work with in office 2003. The 2010 layout just makes me feel lost. However I tested office 360 for a month and really liked what they did with the program. Allot of our school computers still have XP on them and preferably I prefer that just because I know the computer can’t handle Windows 7 and having computer screens that are from 2000-2005 big bulky glary dell screens

        3 years ago
        • MS in its infinite wisdom decided to improve MS Office by making it harder to use and easier to screw up. There are way too many things to talk about. (e.g., the way it handles numbering and indentation is awful and illogical).
          I’m an Office Expert (literally – I’ve got the certificate & everything) and it made my life more difficult. I can’t imagine how normal people react to all the problems it caused. I’ve adapted, but I also had to download a totally separate program just so I could give my users a custom toolbar for their templates. And there are just a lot of workarounds that you shouldn’t need to do.
          This is a prime example of something that should never have been done. It defaults to reduce the dpi to 220 (sometimes 96, but typically 220). A reduction in quality should never be the default. A user should be able to make it their default, but shouldn’t have to fight a battle to keep it from happening to every single one of their documents.
          This is how i explain MS Office to my guys. “Office 2007 is crap; Office 2010 is less crap.” “Why is it crap?” “Because the programmers at MS have never actually used their product, and they don’t work with people who do and will tell them “this makes no sense, why are you doing it that way? Don’t you care that you are going to screw up people’s documents? convince me that this won’t make your users lives a living hell.”

          3 years ago
    • what about microsoft abolish XP without them knowing lol

      3 years ago
      • They knew well in advance, because every operating system Microsoft makes has a limited lifespan. After a certain period of time, they will stop supporting that particular operating system (in this case, Windows XP recently). Everyone knows well in advance that this will happen, and it only directly effects ongoing usage, as there will no longer be updates. Windows XP itself will still work fine, it just won’t be as safe to use.

        3 years ago
    • ...

      Sounds like Congress…

      3 years ago
  12. I have a question, How do you keep in contact with your families? Is it hard to do and does skype for example work?

    I live in Germany and the internet isn´t that bad. My father works in the IT field so he is constantly working on it just for fun so we have quite a fast one at home (don´t know if that is considered fast or not…). Outside i actually have wuite a fast one on my handy for example too, but i think that depends with which company you have a contract with. For example my father and me often go to football games and his internet does´t work inside the stadium but mine works perfectly well. Another cool thing is that in the inside of the city you have free internet for 30 minutes and right now they are working on it so that people will always have free wifi as long as they stay inside the city which is pretty cool because i was in NYC one time and whenever we entered a new shop i had to register new and it was pretty annoying.

    And YAY! I don´t like Apple (so i don´t use it) so it would be easier for me :)

    3 years ago
  13. It’s wierd you’re saying that Canada has a shitty internet because I found it pretty good. Maybe it’s different in Québec? I don’t know if outside the province of Québec is the same,but here we’ve got different prices for different internet speed. For exemple, I’ll pay more to get the faster internet connection and illimited download. They don’t have that kind of services elsewhere?

    3 years ago
  14. My video ironically stopped loading during the video…

    3 years ago
  15. THIS IS DISTRESSING ME
    SO LIKE
    YOU BASICALLY DON’T GET ANY USABLE INTERNET TO PS3/SONY DEVICES???????

    also i am applying for yonsei, and even outside of korea, their website to register is unusable if you’re not using a microsoft computer! i tried 3 different types of browsers on my mac and none worked!!

    also i haven’t noticed any issues with my internet in japan! i had to switch torrent clients (from utorrent to deluge) to keep my speeds up but other than that i haven’t had any issues~

    what do koreans use other than youtube? in japan it’s nico nico but youtube has also become a huge success in japan
    do korean internet services not have a law against throttling (or do they just ignore it)?

    also they may have lots of security but it’s extremely outdated and basically useless! you can have norton installed 10 times but if it’s a version from 5 years ago, it’s like having the kid who was picked last in PE as a bouncer lol

    3 years ago
    • Yes and no for Sony. I can access the Sony online store, and buy games over the PSN network (which is how I’m playing FFXIII-3). FFXIV, though, won’t work here.

      3 years ago
      • as;ldjkasdl; AHHHHHH

        what about microsoft/xbox?! or do you not know? OR EVEN NINTENDO?!

        3 years ago
        • Dunno about Xbox. I don’t play that. As for Nintendo, I haven’t owned anything since the Wii and, umm, my games I got via the internet but…err…not in…I’m gonna stop talking now

          3 years ago
        • hehe i got ya! ;p

          OH MAN I NEED TO DO SOME RESEARCH ON THIS
          THIS IS CRITICAL TO MY LIFE @@

          3 years ago
  16. This could totally be a deal breaker for me if there was ever a possibility of staying in Korea for a long period of time. I don’t think I could take not being able to easily use things such as google maps and apple related products…..Maybe they will get better with that?

    3 years ago
  17. Sweden is also on top when it comes to Internet and no restrictions when it comes to content or sites we want to visit. I got 100/100Mbit and pay 300kr (about 45$) and absolute no data caps. Can pay all my bills using only my thumb… oh, and my phone.

    And remember that Japan has both porn and Final Fantasy and thanks to Rule #34 you get them both at the same time :P

    3 years ago
    • meanwhile…here..in my country (indonesia) the average speed for download (at home) is about….100kbps an pay about 20$. there fast internet (kinda expensive, depends on quota&speed) but whenever u go to small city and countryside. say goodbye to fast internet. very slloowwwwww hahaha. envy you.

      3 years ago
    • I have 30/4mbit here in the States, no limits on data that we know of, and it’s going to be $40/mo soon. The only thing I can complain about is that occasionally the internet dies for the area ( I live in the middle of nowhere, srsly ). Oh, and I guess sharing it with 5 other people gets annoying occasionally. Only once so far did we have a problem in that area, and it was someone torrenting with ALL THE BANDWIDTH EVER. lmao

      3 years ago
    • Jealous!!! Your internet sounds awesome!

      3 years ago
  18. Martina your hair looks really cool only bleached! I have a beige/medium skin (a bit yellowish?) that when I bleached mine to dye the tips blue it was almost the same color as my skin.. Needless to say I looked so terrible ._.
    Are you thinking of changing the pink any time soon?

    3 years ago
  19. I work in Quebec, Canada and the software I need to do my work only work with Internet explorer and an ooooold crappy java… this is so wrong guys, and guess what? I work for the government!

    3 years ago
  20. Here in the UK, the internet is OK so long as you’ve got a good provider and aren’t sharing with loads of people, (I swear, University dorm internet made me want to cry. They restricted downloads and wouldn’t even let me watch certain anime, Rosario +Vampire Capu 2 for example.)

    3 years ago
    • Oh! I heard there’s a porn ban in the UK as well, and supposedly that the guy who was running the internet porn ban had a giant child porn library, or something like that?

      3 years ago
      • I just did some research for you and it’s not banned.

        No problem by the way.

        3 years ago
      • There is currently no porn ban in the UK, the current Prime Minister (supposedly to reduce the amount of child pornography and to stop young kids accidentally accessing porn) has proposed a system where by internet service providers block adult content by default and users have to opt out of the block with there ISP. However this proposal was widely unpopular with both ISP companies and internet users so as of now has not been implemented, however it may be in the future (but as it stands I think it’s unlikely).

        3 years ago
      • i don’t remember the specifics but i believe it was a certain type of porn, like simulated rape
        i think it was passed but got overturned??

        3 years ago
      • I don’t know about that, there was some speculation last year, but major porn sites haven’t been blocked. I know that SKY have blocked a number of torrent and stream sites though. Which meant that when my computer decided to die and had to be restored to factory settings, I had to use proxies to get back all of the software I’d lost.

        3 years ago
  21. Oh some current events, Turkey just banned Twitter. Yay for DNS numbers thought, people can still access it, including the party who banned it and bunch of government officials.

    3 years ago
  22. I’ve been studying in Finland for 3 years now (I’m originally from Hungary), and I sadly had to realize on my first that even though the internet is relatively fast (54Mb/s) and free (!!!) basically all torrent sites are banned by 99% of the internet providers, especially by the one that has a contract with the student housing company that owns 3000 student apartments our city… Thank god for the proxies ;)

    3 years ago
  23. Wow, after watching this I am pretty grateful for my internet back at home in Austria. It’s like the SLOWEST SNAILTEMPO connection, but I never experienced any hacking of accounts or leaking of information like how you showed us. But as a macuser now being in Korea.. I do get a bit annoyed at how Korea basically tells me to install Internet Explorer on my Mac and I’m just like ‘Uhm. NO?’ so no online shopping for me ._.

    3 years ago
  24. Stolen ID isn’t good at all. The ID is very important. Now I kind of got a bit scared of the system. They should fix it.

    3 years ago
    • This is the second time our ID got stolen. I’m starting to get used to it now…

      3 years ago
      • It kinda makes sense on how easy the sasaengs get hold of idols ID nr etc now^^

        3 years ago
        • I actually heard that sasaengs get the IDs of idols so easily because they have contacts working for the telecoms that sell that info to them. Creeeeeepy…

          3 years ago
        • they also can duplicate phones using the idol’s ID

          3 years ago
        • indeed. btw Martina I hope you haven’t experienced anyone taking advantage over having your id’s (like buying alot of stuff etc, or suddenly have several open creditcard accounts) if so how likely do you think it is for the korean police to manage a case like that? especially since there are MANY cases like these

          3 years ago
  25. Hugh says about the active x thing is “f-ing annoying” and “Japan has the best porn in the world”. Not really sure he needed to say the second part. He also says he pays for stuff online with his phone rather than his laptop because it’s easier. But yes he hates a lot of things about Korean internet.

    I find Korean internet so insular. They use Naver to search for everything, it’s like this mini internet within the internet. So many Koreans come to Australia and don’t understand when people say “google it” or “I was googling blah blah”. Shouldn’t sentences like that be taught in English classes?!

    Korean web comics are all on Naver. I find it really weird that these web comics don’t have their own url, you have to go into Naver to view them. Even if they have English as well, the website is completely in Korean. Even clicking back and forth, those buttons are in Korean… it’s so difficult for anyone that isn’t fluent in Korea. I just think that if these cartoonists are going to all this trouble to make these comics and even putting English, why not have your own site and url as well? I think there is a really different way of thinking.

    But besides from all that crap stuff, I am enjoying fast Korean internet. Even YouTube is way faster than Australia.

    3 years ago
    • well, naver is almost as old as google so maybe they just got used to it and now can’t change just because the rest of the world uses it
      If they ask what’s google you can just tell them that it’s the equivalent of naver on the western world and that’s it. It’s easy

      3 years ago
    • I think Naver pays the cartoonists to have their work shown on their site exclusively, like how cartoons get syndicated on newspapers. Besides, with Naver commanding such a large market share in Korean internet, people have a gatekeeper problem where your website doesn’t ever get discovered by other people unless it is featured/linked via popular sites like Naver. So cartoonists can come up with their own website, but chances of success is really low, and so it’s almost always better to get stable paycheck from companies like Naver. Naver brings most number of audience anyway, so it’s also the best route to get your work discovered and become popular.

      3 years ago
      • Yeah I was aware of that, it’s just strange to also have English translations but within a Korean site and expect English speakers to be okay with navigating a Korean site. And then once people do become popular, why they aren’t owning their own site and getting more international readers as well as having a Naver blog. Though, I think one of those reasons is because of copyright and what Naver then technically owns… which I think is a pretty big downside to getting popularity quickly. My publishing company kinda advised me to not do anything on Naver. For me, I’m used to how insular Korea is, but I do get surprised at people not thinking about international markets.

        3 years ago
    • True true. The other day, I had to do some research about the Seoul Fashion Week which also targets foreigners but it was so hard to get more than just basic information on Google. But when I used Naver, there were so many sites about it which is great except I couldn’t really understand all the Korean… Meh.

      And I really hate the fact I can’t open some files or websites just because I use a Mac. How am I supposed to work like this ㅠㅠ

      3 years ago
    • I live in Los Angeles and all my Korean friends still search on Naver and sometimes will ask why they can’t find things… I tell them to google it.

      3 years ago
      • Yeah and there ends up being a lot of wrong information. Especially in the Australian working holiday and student community, someone might look something up on naver but it will just be someone’s naver blog saying the wrong thing. For example there is this ridiculous rumour that if you get this certain vaccination needed for rural work all your children will be born disabled or you can’t have kids for years – ridiculous like that. It’s just a very normal vaccine that anyone working in agriculture needs. Unfortunately so many Koreans believe it because none have just googled the official websites about it.

        Naver is great for searching for things about Korea and Koreans… but it’s very limited for other stuff.

        3 years ago
      • I’ve had a similar experience with Korean friends who struggle to Google things. They often just switch back to Naver.

        3 years ago
    • A politician running on a platform of getting rid of active x? Awesome!
      I wonder what the US equivalent would be- back in the 90s I totally (had I been old enough) would have voted for anyone who would get rid of “Clippy” the demonic omnipresent MS Office “assistant.”
      I can just imagine his last words: “You look like you’re digging a grave? Is this a business grave or a personal grave?”

      3 years ago
      • I’ve stolen your “digging a grave” joke and using it as part of an April Fool’s day thing. Thank you, that was inspired.

        3 years ago
    • in japan google has become a verb (to google like in english – ググる) but japanese people use yahoo lol

      3 years ago
    • Google has slowly taken over many people’s internet habits….So much that we don’t even realize it! I feel like cartoonists would benefit from personal urls and have more exposure.

      3 years ago
  26. I think you guys never mentioned it but ActiveX started to get used because south korea passed a law in late 90s essentially mandating for it to be used. in the past few years there was a bylaw created but to be able to use anything else than ActiveX is still a huge pain in the ass and just not worth the trouble for most.

    3 years ago
  27. Yeah like the new hair simon! and Martina are you coming your’s blonde or just haven’t dyed it pink yet? :D

    3 years ago
  28. Oh my god, I get surprise visits from my parents and grandparents every single time they buy a new electronic and need help. They thought it would be a great idea to all get iPhones this year when they stopped playing with their iPods two years ago out of frustration.
    “Why is my data so high on my phone bill?”
    “Sign in to Wifi, grandma. Your password is your name, remember when I set all of this up with you?”
    “What’s the Wifi?”
    “The thing that lets you connect to the internet wirelessly.”
    “Oh, Leanne, I just don’t have a single clue what you mean, do you have time to come over?”

    So basically with activeX in my life I would murder my family.

    3 years ago
    • You can get plugins for most of the modern browsers that emulate active x. I’ve never had to try one personally, but you could just find one with the better reviews

      3 years ago
    • my mum had just got a new smart phone and she didn’t know how to answer incoming calls for a week

      3 years ago
    • I have given up trying to support my parent’s internet issues over the phone. Now I just tell them not to bother telling me the details. I will be over in 15 minutes and see for myself.

      3 years ago
    • Sounds just like my grandma. I even wrote the steps down on a piece of paper one by one in words that could understand and she would get all frustrated and ask me come over and fix it.

      3 years ago
    • Funny related story: I was visiting my parents in Pickering and asked them what their wifi password is.
      “Do you mean my Yahoo?”
      “No. I mean, your wifi. How is your iPhone connected to the internet”
      “It is connected to Yahoo”
      NO IT ISSSSNNNTTTT!!!

      3 years ago
      • My parents don’t use the internet. My dad, however, uses Word to write this Vietnamese book thing. But anyway, it took me and my older brother about a year to teach him how to use Word. Every time they want something, they just go to me. Which gets really annoying really fast.

        I had to teach him how to double click. He knows to click twice, it’s just he clicks too slow so it’s just 2 single clicks.I had to teach him the tab button instead of pushing space like 10 times.

        Oh man. Parents huh? Lol

        3 years ago
        • LOL My mother does the same “double click” thing! It’s so frustrating XD Also, she doesn’t keep her hand on the mouse while surfing. She clicks something and retreats her hand. Then she clicks again and retreats… every single time!! I can’t help but yell at her “OMG mom, the mouse is not on fire!! It’s ok if you keep touching it!”

          3 years ago
      • my mom thinks i can do everything on the internet. she saw me accessing my bank account online and asked me to access hers too because she wanted to check something.

        “i cant do that!”
        “you just did on your account isnt it? i give you my bank account number…”
        “no i cant do that, you need to get a security pass from the bank first.”
        “why?”
        “because, anybody who knows your account number can access it, that’s why!”

        another time she told me a friend of hers bought a new tv and need to register for warranty online but doesnt know how, asked me to do it for her online.

        “what’s the URL to the warranty page?”
        “what is URL?”
        “the address or the website.”
        “this is the address of the shop she bought it from.”
        “no! the address to the website on the internet”
        “i dont know”
        “what is the brand of the tv?”
        “samsung”
        (i did some googling)
        “what is the model and serial number?”
        “i don’t know, but she gave me the receipt”
        “there’s no serial number!”

        i gave up trying to explain to her about “high tech” stuff.

        3 years ago
      • I can beat that. My mom reset her computer to factory defaults. Lost everything (My brother set her computer up and gave her Admin rights after I said not to) The next time I visited, I created a new Admin Acct “Ask Karen First” – she has to call me if anything requires admin rights. ;)
        I also told her that the Internet was no longer “The Blue E” and it was now the “Orange fireball” ;)

        3 years ago
      • My mother is the last remaining customer of America Online. We tried to explain to her, over and over, that she doesn’t need to launch it to connect to the internet anymore. “It’s DSL mom, we’re always connected to the internet!” Nope. You can always tell when she’s online because you hear “You’ve got Mail!” My dad has to put it on every computer or else she can’t do the only 2 things she uses the internet for: email chains and reading the Drudge Report.

        3 years ago
        • It took me 3 years to get my mom to stop using AOL.
          It wasn’t until she got a smart phone and a brand new windows 8 computer (because the fire burned down her old one) that she FINALLY stopped using it (beginning on 2013).
          She now has a gmail account. ^^ She can even send me messages on kakao talk (man was I worried about that before I moved to Korea lol)

          3 years ago
        • lmaoooo @the email chains!!!

          3 years ago
  29. Isn’t it like.. 1.25am?! XDDDDDDD Dying your hair NOW? loool

    3 years ago
  30. Oooh! What colors?

    3 years ago
  31. Brazil has the most virus “contaminated” computers in the world. Our internet is painfully slow and we are kindly and nicely “monitored” in what we access by our government (and it seems like the NSA people like to do the same … Hi NSA! it is sunny and warm here in my city – check IP – despite being fall).
    Rarely, on the other hand I have experienced not being able to access a website because of location. We also hold the ranking position as far as Internet prices go.
    About having our numbers, ids etc stolen, is unfortunately as frequent as my nose breathing air … Sad but true …

    3 years ago
    • I lived in Brazil, and I made my host parents angry for leaving the internet on over night because I was trying to watch anime, which took literally hours just for one episode… I had to find other things to do.. Luckily I lived in the south (Santa Caterina), but when I walked into the banks I felt so scared with the armored trucks and security/ police wearing body armour and carrying AK 47s…

      3 years ago
      • I also live in Santa Catarina, Jessica. As for security, I feel it is more fearsome that ciminals have hightech weapons and the actual police does not. the armoured truck you saw was probably a paid security truck. When did you live in Brazil, and in which city of Santa Catarina did you leave in?

        3 years ago
        • Que legal!!!! I lived in Joinville for a year (2009-2010). Ah for me, in Canada we don’t have that kind of security at all. ATM machines are really open and public- absolutely no police officers around- maybe security cameras. So when there were the armoured police it felt scary and intimidating because, well, they’re needed. But I couldn’t help but think of what if there was a confrontation or so? I thankfully was never robbed or had any scary encounters in Brazil- I even went to the favellas in Rio de Janeiro and walked around at night in Joinville. What city are you from???

          3 years ago
        • Joinville is so close by … In case of confrontation, unfortunately, there would be some bullets flying around. Brazil’s problem with security is much deeper than that alone … I’m from Curitiba, but now I live in Florianópolis …

          3 years ago
  32. Simon you look good with your new hairstyle! :D

    The internet thing:
    – I live in Denmark and well I do have bog problems with the internet.. Not all the time, but sometimes I can’t even load a youtube video that is under a minute long -.-
    With that said, we don’t have any restrictions here.. So Final Fantasy for us! xD
    The only thing that irritates me is Java… Java is not compatible with Google Chrome or with Safari… And yeah I use those two… So if I want to look at my bank I need to use Safari.. and wait for like a million years before I can LOG IN… Then another million years before I am actually in… -.-

    3 years ago
    • It’s just everyone else that I know don’t have the same problems.. Sometimes I have to refresh my browser like 5 times before it even wants to pop up so I can click run xD
      I hate java.. Someone invent something else please xD

      3 years ago
  33. All I have to say is $40 for 12mb of internet, that is just plain expensive.

    3 years ago
    • Holy fartsucking hell! Where are you from?!? That’s absurdly expensive!

      3 years ago
      • Here in Brazil is about $70 for 10MB … That’s how much I pay for it

        3 years ago
      • I’m from Puerto Rico and I have to specify it’s 20mb but if you do a speed test it is 12mb. They increase the speed and also the bill every time. Broadband in the whole US is pretty friking messed up.

        3 years ago
  34. When my mom and I came to Korea last October 2013, Youtube was working fine for both of us, my youtube account automatically changed settings in Korean ._.

    and really? Cinderella Law?

    3 years ago
  35. I live in Korea and the online banking sucks so much!!!!! Seriously.. I have been here for four years and there has been NO improvement! Although I am seeing more delivery sites being user friendly lately but there are still the ones that my husband cant log into because he has 20+ letters in his name…. super frustrating. Have you tried the new site yogiyo? Its amazing.. no foreigner card needed and buddaejiggae to your door in 10min without having to call anyone. ha!

    3 years ago
    • No, but I heard about Yogiyo! I should probably give it a shot now that you recommended it :D

      3 years ago
      • I think several sites now give the option of no-need-to-log-in-to-order (including Domino Pizza) but you don’t get the mileage or points. But Yogiyo IS cool, and since you live in Seoul there will be a lot more places registered compared to Busan :P

        3 years ago
  36. Wow, I didn’t know about all those restrictions on Korean Internet. I’d always envy how it’s fast and awesome comparing to Brazilian one, which’s super-duper slow and expensive. (Like 70USD/Month for a 3MB download speed)

    But just yesterday our government approved a law that guarantees neutrality to Brazilian internet. So now I can see the bright side and I’m impressed! ;O

    3 years ago
  37. Funny thing is my interent sucks so I can’t watch the video. OH school internets..how awesome you are…

    3 years ago
  38. Martina your hair omg. it’s not…pink..well there’s no law that says your hair must be pink but it feels like you just broke an unwritten law.

    3 years ago
  39. wow, that’s some crazy stuff, i’m really shocked by the prevalence of activeX in korea! frankly i forgot that thing even exists anymore, haha. here in london, UK our speeds are great, i’ve got 120mb broadband and am about to get upgraded to 150. the only issue is that some websites are blocked by the govt including pirate bay etc. luckily proxies abound :)

    3 years ago
  40. Simon do look cute now with the new hairstyle! :D

    3 years ago