Technical Difficulties Continue
Posted on June 14, 2011 Posted by John Scalzi 17 Comments
The CenturyLink people are finally at the house, so maybe we’ll get some forward movement. Be that as it may, still largely Internet-less at the moment. Be back later.
Hope your intertubes are unclogged soon.
I must say, Century Link is aptly named.
Have you considered taking hostages?
No, forget it. They’re probably contractors. (I.e. disposable.)
Just keep calling them the Qwest guys until they fix it.
Don’t jinx it by talking about it…it would be just your luck the guy will come back with a cat/dog-eared coax cable and tell you he found your problem…and oh by the way since it was inside the house it’s not our problem and you owe us $250 for the service call.
I want someone to set up a web site called doesjohnscalzihavedsltoday.com. It would be one of those that comes up with a huge YES or NO like isiticedcoffeeweather.com. Who will do this for me? I would love it and check it every day. :-)
Hopefully they can link you to this century instead of the last one…
Since I’m enjoying the hell out of Fuzzy Nation, I hope you’re using this down time for writing.
I feel your pain. Our network at my office keeps going down over and over again, despite all the technicians who have come out and replaced equipment and reset things “properly”. Our ISP is a cable provider, btw, for all who seem to think it’s the golden ticket to a stable connection (hint: it’s not). I’ve threatened to go home to work if it persists, where I have rarely had such trouble with my DSL connection.
How did people in offices slack off before there was an internet? ;-P
Did the Century Link people look, you know, “normal”? Or was their skin kind of grayish, with patches of exposed bone and blood and falling out hair? Have they said anything more than grunts or “BRAINZ”?
I feel your pain. My only computer has been in the shop since Thursday. On the plus side, I’m getting a lot of reading done with no internet and nothing on tv (now that Doctor who is done until the Fall).
Man, now what are we supposed to do? No posts, no cat pictures.
This message from my spouse (after 3+ weeks of no telephone/DSL service here in the hinterlands). “Of course nobody from Verizon called. Called again to complain an hour ago, was told the foreman’s boss would call me back within 2 hours. Since that won’t happen, I just called the Public Service Commission and filed a complaint. Woman seemed happy to help–I’d guess most of the complaints they get are illegitimate or they don’t have jurisdiction. I have a case number, was told that it’s going over to Verizon’s executive offices, and that if I’m not satisfied I should call PSC back. 1-800-342-3377.”
PS: this seemed to be the correct “stick” to “motivate” Verizon; phone worked 10 days later! If your landline and/or DSL still are not working you might want to call the PSC and have them open a file.
Bwahahahahahahaha! Lie No. 1: “I’m from the cable company and I’m here to help.”
I feel your pain. The cable to my entire neighborhood has gone twitchy. On the plus side it showed me how addicted to TV and the internet I have become.
Reminds me of how I started reading when I was a kid. The family TV broke and my mom and dad decided against fixing or replacing it for a while. A while turned out to be a couple of years. That left me no choice but to pick up a book. I think it was Piers Anthony’s A Spell for Chameleon.
We had cable internet, which I loved. There was a 2nd cable company in the neighborhood, so we actually had a choice of providers. We foolishly moved less than 1 mile east of the old homestead. No cable providers. We had to wait several months before we could get Qwest DSL which isn’t nearly as fast, is more expensive, and prone to taking odd little “mental health breaks” for no discernible reason. It’s still a better choice than Hughes net, which is what the neighbors have.
Long way to say I feel your pain.
@6 My favourite single-issue web site is http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com/ :-)