Technical Difficulties Continue

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.

17 Comments on “Technical Difficulties Continue”

  1. Dave H – I can see Canada from my house – Aging dad, electronics nerd, embedded software developer. (I'm the guy who makes your microwave blink 12:00.)
    Dave H

    Have you considered taking hostages?

    No, forget it. They’re probably contractors. (I.e. disposable.)

  2. 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.

  3. I want someone to set up a web site called It would be one of those that comes up with a huge YES or NO like Who will do this for me? I would love it and check it every day. :-)

  4. D. Paul Angel – I am in my 40’s (the new "20" they say!), am originally from California, and now live in Portland, OR, but would eventually like to "retire" to Hawaii. I am, most definitely, a “Nerd’s Nerd.” I can recite huge tracts of Monty Python, can force Star Wars quotes into nearly any conversation, find serenity amongst fireflies, enjoy hitchhiking to the beach with my towel in hand (remember the Hawaii bit), have found precious little to dislike about Tolkien, and find any argument favoring Picard over Kirk to be both fascinating and most illogical. My foundation in Science Fiction began with Asimov, but Heinlein’s wit brought it to the front of my conscious. Although I am still recovering from the amount of time spent wheeling through Jordan and Sanderson’s epic, I have found long series, such as Scalzi’s, no longer make me feel like an old man (The new 20, right!?). I've always had a love of comics, particularly the far side of Bloom County where Calvin lived, often casting pearls before swine whilst doing the foxtrot over the hedge. Even though I already have 2 puppy-dogs I love, Zack and Satia, I can’t help but think how awesome having a magical creature would be; even if I do worry that caring for it would leave me feeling hagrid. I am more comfortable tweeting than facebooking, and I'm not athletic enough to be a tumblr. I'm also an airplane nerd and a licensed, albeit non-current, pilot. I've travelled enough to know I want to travel more, I've read, cover to cover, The Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, Science and Health, and a smattering of Eastern philosophies, and I was one of the early board members of Cerimon House. I can bake bread from scratch, grill, and cook; and I've failed, miserably, in learning at least 4 different programming languages. I write, commit photography, and am learning the ins and out of drawing and illustration. I have long straddled that shady realm between the wholly physical and utterly imaginative, and I'm working towards taking up residence in the latter. I'm an expert in all forms of philosophocating, but find it is best done with open eyes, compassion, and humor; preferably with pleasant company, snacks, and an ample supply of delicious beverages. I have also been known to make the occasional pun.
    D. Paul Angel

    Hopefully they can link you to this century instead of the last one…

  5. 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

  6. 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”?

    Just wondering.

    Dr. Phil

  7. 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).

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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