Afterword

ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Invalid broadband prepaid voucher?

Druknet offers a convenient way to recharge pre-paid broadband accounts using recharge vouchers, similar to pre-paid mobile phone recharge vouchers. Holding on to a spare voucher helps avoid a terrible rush to Bhutan Telecom office (or the One Stop Shop) when your balance is finished.

To use the recharge voucher, scratch the silver panel on the back to reveal the password and follow the directions written below it.

Got an "invalid username/password" error? If you are sure you typed correctly, try counting the number of characters in the password. If you have less than 8 characters, that's the problem. We have encountered a few vouchers that were missing the last digit/letter, most likely due to faulty printing. In that case, you will indeed have to rush back to the BT office or the One Stop Shop to reveal the missing characters (I admit I haven't tried calling by phone...)