Cue the AC/DC


More good news for Old Man’s War:
it’s in the black. I received my latest royalty statement from Tor today, and in it came glad tidings in the guise of a royalty check. Whoo-hoo! I’m all earned out!

The nice wrinkle in this is that when I signed the two-book deal with Tor that included OMW, it specified that I would start getting royalties after the advances on both books in the deal had been earned out. The second book in that deal is The Android’s Dream, which comes out in October. So — if I’m remembering this correctly — this means Android is already in the black, which takes some of the pressure off. It also means I get royalties from the first copy sold. So, you know, buy lots. Athena needs a college education.

In all seriousness, if you bought a copy of OMW, thank you very much. Books don’t always earn out their advances. I’m really happy this one did. I owe you.

I Am Router, Hear Me Roar


Behold the new router, a Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router With 4-Port Switch (I’m reading off the label in front). I determined that the former router had, in fact, fried its litle routing brain out, and took the opportunity to upgrade. The old router was 802.11b capable and this one is 802.11g capable, and that’s six letters better. And I’m not entirely sure how you can beat that. I don’t think you can. Well, there’s always 802.11n, but they haven’t finalized that standard yet, and anyway, it’s not like I’m streaming hi-def movies from my PC to my laptop. I just want to be able to see teh Intarweebs on all my computers. 802.11g is just fine, thanks.

I do feel marginally competent that I was able to install the router and a couple of additional adapter with almost no pain, but it really has more to do with the set-up software doing all the heavy lifting and me clicking a button here and there (and even hardly that on the Mac). It’s come to a point where there’s no geek pride in doing this stuff. And you know what? I’m good with that. No headaches, it just works. That’s progress.

Fiddle, Fiddle

All right, I suspect my router might have gone bad, on account that if I jam the cord that comes out of the DSL modem into either computer, it works just fine, whereas if I put it back into the router, I get nothing. I’m going to fiddle with this a bit more; you may or may not see me here during the rest of the day.

Incidentally, while I was speaking to the nice Sprint representative about the problem, he was helping me reconfigure the PC box; which imvolved opening a DOS prompt, fidding with various settings and then sacrificing a chicken to the angry computer gods. When I put the DSL line into the Mac, all I had to do was enter a user name and a password. Score one for the Macs.

Anyway. Have fun with the rest of your day. Have you done an ice cream haiku yet?

DSL Issues and Ice Cream Haiku

I’m having connection issues today (I’m typing this by using my cell phone as a modem. Hey! This cell phone thingie does seem to come in handy). I’ll be back when they get resolved. In the meantime, here’s an open thread for you. I suggest you fill it with Haiku about your favorite ice cream flavor.

Cherry Garcia
Jerry had diabetes
That’s some irony.

See? Easy. Your turn.