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I hate my home connectivity...

May 25, 2007 11:07 AM

I’m paying $65 per month for 5 static IPs and the damn thing goes down on a semi-regular basis. The problem is that I hate Comcast even worse than the SBC ADSL I have currently.

Hopefully it’ll reset itself but it doesn’t look like it’s going to do that unfortunately. That means my connection and mail server will be down until I get home. As long as I’m on this connection I’m going to have to figure out some sort of dial-up access that allows me to power-cycle the router. Our housemate won’t like it because it would have to be on the second line and he uses that. Unfortunately I can’t afford to change to another service and even with these outages SBC/AT&T are _still_ better than Comcast. Though Comcast _would_ be faster it would be a lot more hassle due to the fact that they’d have to run a wire to the house and install a cable modem. And even then they couldn’t give me a fixed bandwidth - it would be dependent on how many people were on my local loop. That and I run my own mail server and due to Comcast being one of the most infected networks I likely wouldn’t be able to send mail to anyone I know due to a lot of them blacklisting Comcast.

*checks his terminal window*

*sigh*

Yep. Still down.

I might be able to parlay this into a reason to leave early but I’m not sure if I want to do that as it might cost me a few hours of vacation time.

Have to pick up straps while I’m at lunch anyway. I need them to pick up my dad’s bike on the way home. I’m getting it so we can put in the clutch. Of course that mean I’ll have to change the oil in it too but I need to do that on my bike as well. I don’t think I need a clutch gasket but I’ll call the Honda place to find out.

Tired this morning when I got to work. I had to drive the truck today because I had to take our daughter to my in-laws this morning and have to pick her up later. I’m not used to driving the truck in the morning. And getting to work much later than I usually do doesn’t feel right either. *sigh* At least I got the two main things fixed that were supposed to be fixed. I don’t _need_ to do anything over the weekend so I can focus on home stuff.

That means picking up SAE 30 oil and a filter for both my bike and my father’s bike as well as a couple empty plastic jugs if I don’t have them already. I won’t be able to change my wife’s oil until Monday but that’s fine. She needs to clean out the damn van anyway. The truck needs a full oil change, the lawnmowers, the bikes. I might as well get a filter for the Suzuki as well just so I have it.

I wrote out a list of things to get done around the house but I don’t think I’ll be able to get to much of it this weekend unless I do some of the outside stuff with my daughter. While that wouldn’t be bad our yard is not fenced in so I can’t trust her to just run off. That means I have to watch her all the time which is okay if I’m just reading or something but not if I need to focus my attention on getting yard stuff done. So I guess I’ll set up a lawn chair and read a book while watching my daughter run around the yard...

Need to set up the small trampoline in the back yard for her. I think she’s really going to like having the thing to bounce on. It doesn’t have a ring pad but she’s big enough that all I have to do is provide a simple covering around the edge eventually. And since I will have it outside she’ll be able to jump up and down without fear of causing a problem in the house. And hopefully she’ll burn off some energy too. ^_^




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