The challenge of internet access in Central Asia cannot be overstated – dial-up speeds, outages, power cuts, blocked sites, old computers at internet cafes, and limited opening hours to name just a few. Clicks can take an eternity to conclude, if they do at all. And Big Brother and his crew are watching (take your passport along to internet cafes in Turkmenistan).
Under these conditions, posting an article and photos to our site quickly becomes an exercise in futility.
For those of you wondering how we’re doing, we’ve taken to posting very brief updates to a service called Twitter. During these lean internet times, it allows us to briefly let readers know where we are and that we are alive. We’ve integrated these short messages into the left-hand sidebar of our site under “The Very Latest,” so you can stay current even when we go incommunicado.