And then totally lose my marbles.

Monday, January 23

Geek

9600!

I remember how great it was when 9600bps modems came out. You no longer had to w... a... i... t... for a screen to refresh. It was just blurrp. Done. Not quite instantaneous, but near enough. Compared to 2400 or worse, 1200, it was bliss.

Which is to say, I swapped modems, and I'm now running at 9600kbps. 9632kbps down, to be precise, and 1024kbps up. Yeah!

I seem to be running on the second oldest version of the firmware for this modem, so I'm going to upgrade it now. That should give me ADSL2+ support and other fun stuff. And if it doesn't work, I have Mister Poopy Modem to fall back on.

Update: 12283/1021. I sacrificed 3kbps of upload for 2651kbps of download. I think I can live with that.

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Sunday, January 22

Life

One, Two, Many, Lots

Susie tagged me!

Four Jobs I've Had in My Life

Computer programmer*

Four Movies I Could Watch Over and Over, and Have

Spirited Away
Millennium Actress
The Princess Bride
Ghostbusters

Four Places I Have Lived

Melbourne
Sydney
Um, other places in Sydney

Four TV Shows I Love to Watch

Kamichu!
Gakuen Alice
Galaxy Angel
Futurama

Four Places I Have Been on Vacation

Caloundra
Mt Gambier (possums!)
Whitsunday Islands
Scone

Four Websites I Visit Daily since I got internet access again

JREF Forum
Munuviana
Tim Blair
AnimeSuki

Four Favorite Foods

Heinz Baked Beans in Ham Sauce
Cadbury Roast Almond Chocolate
Special K
Sausage sandwiches

Four Places I Would Rather Be Right Now

Um. I'm in Sydney, Australia; it's summer; I have air conditioning and a 4.5Mbit internet connection. Oh, all right:

San Diego - similar climate, good internet access (and lower latency to munu), and Amazon doesn't charge three times as much for shipping as they do for the product

Four People I Am Tagging With This Meme

Nah.

* Okay, and system analyst, system administrator, network engineer, webmaster, technical support monkey, database administrator; but always just as a distraction from the real job, which is programming. No matter what they hired me for.

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Life

One, Two, Many, Lots

Susie tagged me!

Four Jobs I've Had in My Life

Computer programmer*

Four Movies I Could Watch Over and Over, and Have

Spirited Away
Millennium Actress
The Princess Bride
Ghostbusters

Four Places I Have Lived

Melbourne
Sydney
Um, other places in Sydney

Four TV Shows I Love to Watch

Kamichu!
Gakuen Alice
Galaxy Angel
Futurama

Four Places I Have Been on Vacation

Caloundra
Mt Gambier (possums!)
Whitsunday Islands
Scone

Four Websites I Visit Daily since I got internet access again

JREF Forum
Munuviana
Tim Blair
AnimeSuki

Four Favorite Foods

Heinz Baked Beans in Ham Sauce
Cadbury Roast Almond Chocolate
Special K
Sausage sandwiches

Four Places I Would Rather Be Right Now

Um. I'm in Sydney, Australia; it's summer; I have air conditioning and a 4.5Mbit internet connection. Oh, all right:

San Diego - similar climate, good internet access (and lower latency to munu), and Amazon doesn't charge three times as much for shipping as they do for the product

Four People I Am Tagging With This Meme

Nah.

* Okay, and system analyst, system administrator, network engineer, webmaster, technical support monkey, database administrator; but always just as a distraction from the real job, which is programming. No matter what they hired me for.

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Anime

Kashimashi

Boy meets girl.
Boy loses girl.
Boy gets killed in a collision with a mile-long alien spacecraft and rebuilt as a girl.
Girl meets girl...

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Thursday, January 19

Geek

Good Enough For Now

I have ADSL.

Not ADSL 2+.
Not ADSL 2.

This modem doesn't support ADSL 2+ as far as I know, despite the lying weasel "2+" sticker. I tried using it with ADSL 2, and I got a connection at 10.8 Mbps down and 864 kbps up. Sometimes for as long as five or six seconds. Then it dropped out. Many many times.

After a certain amount of fiddling, I forced the modem into standard ADSL mode, and it's now running at 4544 kbps down, 960 kbps up. That's a fair way short of 24 Mbps, but its a lot better than 1500 / 256 that I had before I moved, and a whole lot better than the 64k I've been surviving on since then.

The connection's been stable for half an hour with no packet loss, which is a good sign. I might poke at it a bit to see if it will give me a higher speed - or I might leave it alone for now. Yeah, I think that's a better idea.

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Wednesday, January 18

Life

Friends In Need

Some of you may already know, but Mikey, one of the family here at mu.nu, recently suffered a stroke and is in hospital in a serious condition. He's undergone surgery and remains in a medically-induced coma while the doctors work to stabilise his condition.

Da Goddess has been in touch with Mikey's family from the start, and visited the hospital last night. She's organising things to help Mikey's family out, so check in at her blog and Mikey's for updates.

She writes:

As far as fundraising efforts go, we're compiling a list of needs and I'll be posting that as time goes on. The main item on the list is getting Mrs. Mikey's mom to San Diego. She's in Colorado right now and we need someone to donate miles or a flight voucher for her to get here. If you have the power to arrange this, please let us know!
If you can help, please drop Da Goddess or me a line. Leave a comment on her blog or email her at Dagoddess at G(ee)Mail.com. Or contact me, and I'll pass it along.

Mikey is part of our family, and his family needs our support right now, so anything you can do will be appreciated.

Update: Plane ticket taken care of. Mikey's condition has improved; his blood pressure has come down; he's responding to voices and seems to understand what is being said. Not out of the woods yet, but he seems to be on the right road.

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Saturday, January 14

Rant

Reality Check

My regular readers can skip this one, because they will be able to predict its contents exactly based on the previous two posts.

I do not have 24 Mbps ADSL2+.
I do not have 12 Mbps ADSL2.
I do not, in fact, have ADSL at all.
I do not even have a dial tone, which is the one thing I had achieved.

All phone companies suck. Without exception.

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Friday, January 13

Geek

Woohoo!

My ADSL is connected! I missed the email yesterday, or I would have tried it out last night.

I'll probably have to get myself a new modem, because my current one only does ADSL 2, not ADSL 2+. So I'd be limited to 12M instead of the full 24. Which would be very sad. But still slightly better than the 64k I've been stuck with for the last five weeks.

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Wednesday, January 11

Geek

To Zoom Or Not To Zoom

Just got word from my ISP (who shall remain nameless until I have something good to say about them) that my ADSL is currently being provisioned, and within a week I should - if things go right - have a 24 Mbit internet connection.

Whee!

(If you saw that glitch, then yes, I've been spending too much time on web forums lately.)

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Geek

My Ears Are Happy Again

I got myself a pair of Sennheiser PX100s. I previously had some Koss Porta Pros, but after a few years of going everywhere with me they were pretty much trashed, and I threw them out.*

I went to get a new set, but the only store nearby that had the Koss phones wanted $150. Since I only paid around $80 for the original set, and since they sell for around $35 retail in America, this seemed a bit excessive. Fortunately, I found the Sennheisers, which are nicer looking and more comfortable, distinctly cheaper (at least in Australia), and sound every bit as good.

It took me several minutes to work out how to unpack them, but you only need to do that once.

By the way, even Sennheiser make lousy headphones. These ones? Total rubbish. I don't know why a company like Sennheiser would even want to sell them. I can understand why people would buy them; you've just thrown your old headphones away only to find that replacing them is more expensive than you had expected, but you need something and - oh, those are cheap. Uh, for example. Unfortunately, they're complete crap.

* Apparently, "pretty much trashed" is covered under the warranty, but I didn't know that at the time.

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