July 30th, 2008


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DSL at the house is out until sometime Monday. The good news is that when restored, it will be twice as fast. Turns out that my old DSL installation is no longer supported (I had SDSL, they're now doing ADSL), so I had to have new service installed. When done, I'll have a 1.5 M broadband connection (download). I could "upgrade" to a 7M fiberoptic, and I'm considering that-- there are a lot of options possible, and it could even save me money.

Thing is, I like VISI. They've been solid and on top of stuff as it happens, and the technical problems have been solely on the Qwest lines. The 7M line may force me into MSN as an ISP, and I'm reluctant.

I like the idea of 7Mbps downloads since I now have HD capability, and downloading movies directly onto the media PC is a lot less painful at high speeds. And since I'm no longer hosting content, I don't need walloping upload speed.

But for now, I'm staying with 1.5M and VISI.

Downside is that I'm gonna be pretty much incommunicado from the virtual world, other than brief glimpses at work. I do have the cell phone and unlimited texting, but a 160-character limit on SMS; you can find my communication info on my userinfo page.

In the meantime, it means I take a little break from the internet at home.
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Last night I managed to get some work done on the house... no cable and no internet tends to open up a lot of time.

I finally re-glued the membrane on the roof of the breezeway, this time with a different kind of glue: a solvent-based contact cement. Also added some staples to prevent the wind lifting problems that helped tear it off in the first place. While I was up there, I managed to identify an issue that needs to be addressed where the old flashing needs to be pulled (I would have thought they'd have taken care of that with the new siding, but they really just went over it) and the space between filled with expanding foam. That's gonna be a bit of a PITA, but I think I'll live.

Also installed an AC unit in the upstairs bedroom so I can actually use the room to set up the massage table again. I hauled it up there, but haven't set it up yet; the floor needs a really good vacuum cleaning. Actually it needs the carpet ripped out, but that doesn't need to happen in the immediate, and the carpet is probably a little nicer than the wood floor underneath-- pretty sure it's just pine.

I know I did a few other things, but I can't really remember what.