More Internet Irregularity

I’m still in Qingdao, getting in one last internet session before returning to my crippled Shanghai connection. I’m on an ADSL connection, and I haven’t accessed my webmail and website at this speed in quite a while.

The other night I went online via a friend’s laptop. He had a mobile phone card. The connection was slow, but it was completely wireless and independent of wi-fi “hot spots” (which is good, because there wouldn’t have been any where we were, in a place outside Qingdao called ƽ¶È). He said the service cost him 2000 rmb (about $250 US) per year. Hmmm…

One thing that I find very strange, though, is that my CSS layout is broken when I view it here. The right column acts as if it were not inside its controlling div, but nothing in the layout has changed. I’m using IE 5 here. Explanation?

Qingdao is an awesome city. I’ll have more to say about it in the near future (along with a few pictures).


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. IE 5? Support isn’t worth it. IE 5.5 is questionable, and IE 6 is a must.

    I wouldn’t worry about it.

  2. Ditto with what Benjamin said. IE5 handles CSS is strange, illogical, non-standard ways. Unfortunately (for a, to me at least, unknown reason) a LOT of Chinese still use IE5, and it’s common to find it in internet cafes.

  3. Stavros Mavropoulos Says: August 31, 2004 at 9:25 pm

    Sorry John, but I don’t have a comment about your recent article. I’m writing in this comment page because I’m interested in one of the jobs advertised in Sinosplice, but I can’t get through and send my resume. I am currently working in mainland China and I’ve been here for six months, and I’m currently searching for a new job. I would like it very much if you could send me a direct contact so I can I try it from my e-mail account. My e-mail is as follows: . Thanks in advance . .

  4. Glad you liked Qingdao, I live here! If I’d (re)read your site a little earlier we could have met up. Nevermind. What was Dezhou like? Did you know about the Indonesian sultan that was killed on the Grand Canal and buried there? Supposedly there’s still a mosque built in his honour. I’m planning to go there myself soon…

  5. Where can I find more information about the wireless internet access that your friend had. I am living in Shanghai right now.

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