WITH SUMMER WEATHER offering me a beautiful opportunity to reclaim some disused parcels of land outside, I've started slowing down things I do with the internet. To hold me close to my goal of throttling the bandwidth activities, I'm using the little black dongle at left to see the world outside of my parish. It's an O2 3G kit that I successfully leveraged for video uploads, podcast downloads and voice calls while outside of Ireland--all without being stung for roaming fees. Ireland's telecoms disruptor told me about some feature (CAMEL-2 or CAMEL-3) being inactive on several Edinburgh masts near my hotel last week. CAMEL-2 technology is not available in every GSM network, and that creates problems for some roaming subscribers while giving others a free romp around over-the-air data services. Here in Ireland, I can blast away on this dongle and never worry about being smacked down for data charges. I'm now paying EUR 30 every month but I get all the data I can eat. In my world, that's around 300 MB a day down and 50 MB a day up to the internet. I'll be posting the results of my time away from the wired and wifi internet throughout this short and purposeful slowdown. In the meantime, I appreciate any tips and tricks offered by readers who have done the same. Like, what am I going to miss the most when working online at GPRS speeds?