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Back online with a vengeance [Dec. 28th, 2007|11:37 pm]
Stephan
My new modem is up and running at last. My new NEW modem. The first one I received didn’t work, so I telephoned the ISP and after talking with the third of their technical support staff they sent me a replacement.

If anyone doubts my excess of bad luck, answer me why did this happen during the Christmas break?

Anyhow. I’m back now, and a lot to catch up on. E-mails, LJ entries, forum posts and what not.


sleepyjohn00 said:"Do you have a plug strip with surge protector? They're really not that expensive, and they can keep the odd utility surge (kamikaze squirrel in the substation) from toasting your hardware. You probably don't need a full-blow Uninterruptible Power Supply, but a surge protector is a useful investment.

A 50-dollar component will protect a 25-cent fuse by blowing first.",



* Snerk! * I have surge protectors on every appliance more delicate than my electric kettle! In this apartment of sub-standard 30-40 year old wiring and a dilapidated state power grid with frequent brown outs it's an essential fact of life.

The surge protector for the PC, scanner and modem is a grade higher than the others here, with individual isolation switches for each outlet. Meanwhile the modem itself is wireless, so I don't need to worry about the telephone line, just the mains power.

I really should invest in a full UPS. I could probably afford to do so now, since I abruptly have several thousand saved with no immediate need to spend.

The original modem had a progressive fault, which may or may not have been the result of a dip/spike. Logging onto the ISP took longer each time, and the connection would drop out more frequently. Finally it just ceased to work entirely.


carlfoxmarten said:"(I first read that as "Modem is Fred". Strange, I know)

I hope you get things all ironed out, there.
Otherwise we might have to send help... ",


No don't send anything down here, send me up there if you can! :P

On the matter of names. Oddly enough I DO name give names to my computer hardware, and "Fred" was the name of my first PC. I named the printer "Barney." On the front of the desktop unit I stuck a label saying "Made with pride in Bedrock City" indicating what I though of the technology. My first laptop (which I still have) I named "Betsy" after an old reliable car that belonged to my aunt. The laptop proved just as reliable, she still works after nearly 10 years.

My current computer is named "Joshua" (I'm sure most of you can guess) and DOES seem to have a mind of its own. "Barney" was still hooked up to Joshua until late 2005. The original wireless modem I named "TARDIS" because of the shape and colour.

I haven't given names to my current modem or printer/scanner. Any suggestions?
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[User Picture]From: sleepyjohn00
2007-12-28 03:22 pm (UTC)
Back online with a vengeance The John McCain of the Aussie Internet! :)

My first home PC was named Ramses, a brand of prophylactic, because my wife complained that it was coming between us.
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2007-12-28 04:26 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling that "John McCain" was supposed to be "John McClane." (Say, maybe that's the kind of comparison McCain needs to succeed.)

By any chance, are you familiar with Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel? He started as a villain in the 16-bit video game Aero the Acro-Bat and then got his own eponymous game.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-12-28 11:23 pm (UTC)
deckardcanine said:"By any chance, are you familiar with Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel? He started as a villain in the 16-bit video game Aero the Acro-Bat and then got his own eponymous game.",


Now THERE's an incredible co-incidence. The answer is no, I'm not, but on Friday afternoon someone E-mailed some trivia questions about cartoon and video game characters. I scored 33 / 100. Zero was one of the characters, but I didn't know the answer, someone else did.

Hmmm... "zero" as in the name of the aircraft the kamikaze pilots flew?
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2007-12-30 04:14 am (UTC)
Do you still have the questions? I'd like to try them.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-12-30 07:34 am (UTC)
On my computer at the office. I E-mailed them to my yahoo address, but they haven't appeared. Probably ensnared by the firewall.

If the sent E-mail message still exists I'll try to find another way to bring them home...

...then I'll need YOUR E-mail address :P
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2007-12-30 08:19 pm (UTC)
Or you could PM me at Define Cynical so that neither of us needs to know the other's address.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-12-31 01:39 am (UTC)
Hi DC. I've sent you a PM at Define Cynical.

The puzzle I completed was in an excel sheet, so I can't send that via a PM.

I found the puzzle, but I can't see Zero in it, so I must have encountered him somewhere else and assumed it was in the puzzle. I can still send you the puzzle if you're interested.
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2007-12-30 09:04 am (UTC)
Glad to see you're back online!
I'll admit I was a little worried for a bit, there.

I'm too tired to use my fancy quotebox right now, so...

"No don't send anything down here, send me up there if you can! :P"
Much as I might like to (or possibly even love to) I just don't have the resources right now... :< *sigh*

"I haven't given names to my current modem or printer/scanner. Any suggestions?"
How about Nero (modem) and Flavious (printer/scanner)?
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-12-30 10:15 am (UTC)
carlfoxmarten said:"Glad to see you're back online!
I'll admit I was a little worried for a bit, there.",

Not a reason to worry. I'd have been back on line eventually. It was just a darned nuisance to happen at a time when all the shops are closed. Thankfully my ISP came through in the end. Which reminds me, I must write them a thank you letter...

The absence of my comic is more of a worry. I've run into some form of artist's block. The current drawing of Michael has proved more tricky than I expected, and each attempt seems to come out worse than the previous. I really wish I had someone to sit with me and explain what I'm doing wrong.

carlfoxmarten said:""No don't send anything down here, send me up there if you can! :P"
Much as I might like to (or possibly even love to) I just don't have the resources right now... :< *sigh*",

I was only joking, like the time I suggested holding Ponycon in Melbourne. I'd have refused if anyone had offered to finance my travel.

carlfoxmarten said:""I haven't given names to my current modem or printer/scanner. Any suggestions?"
How about Nero (modem) and Flavious (printer/scanner)?",


Hmmm... not sure I see the gag there. Nero fiddles while modem burns? All modems lead to the home page?
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2008-01-08 07:30 pm (UTC)
Now I'm on a computer on which I don't have my quotebox... :(
I need to copy it someplace so I can take it with me wherever I go.

"Not a reason to worry. I'd have been back on line eventually. It was just a darned nuisance to happen at a time when all the shops are closed. Thankfully my ISP came through in the end. Which reminds me, I must write them a thank you letter..."
Maybe so, but I worried just the same...

"The absence of my comic is more of a worry. I've run into some form of artist's block. The current drawing of Michael has proved more tricky than I expected, and each attempt seems to come out worse than the previous. I really wish I had someone to sit with me and explain what I'm doing wrong."
Unfortunately, I don't know enough about anatomy to do so, even virtually...
Maybe I could try helping anyway?

"I was only joking, like the time I suggested holding Ponycon in Melbourne. I'd have refused if anyone had offered to finance my travel."
Maybe so, but I might have taken you up on it if I had enough resources to do so!

"Hmmm... not sure I see the gag there. Nero fiddles while modem burns? All modems lead to the home page?"
I didn't have a gag for the modem name at the time (not that I do now...), though does a modem really need a name?
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-01-08 08:36 pm (UTC)
carlfoxmarten said:"Now I'm on a computer on which I don't have my quotebox... :(
I need to copy it someplace so I can take it with me wherever I go.",

USB memory sticks. I wear one nearly everywhere (except in the shower). It's my "2nd brain."

carlfoxmarten said:"Unfortunately, I don't know enough about anatomy to do so, even virtually...
Maybe I could try helping anyway?",

Not sure how that would work, but I'm all ears if you have suggestions.

Problem is that macropods (the kangaroo family) are one of the most unusual creatures on Earth and there are very few books that include instructions on drawing cartoon kangaroos. I DID have one when I was young, but it was left behind when I moved out of home. Plus my idiot sister had already scribbled in pen over most of the instructions.

carlfoxmarten said:"Maybe so, but I might have taken you up on it if I had enough resources to do so!",

Australia was originally designed as a prison colony, and even now it's difficult to escape from. It takes several thousand AUD$ just for the flight alone. In September I received a $1,000 bonus so I would DEFINITELY have set out for Ponycon 3, except that I couldn't possibly compete with all the holidaymakers for travel and accomodation.

Now it's a different story for people coming here, because the exchange rates would greatly ease the financial burden for you northern hemishpherers, and the vast majority of our attractions are in the major cities, so nobody would need to travel far once they arrived. If a con were held here, it could include the Zigzag railway (yes that's a real place despite the name being akin to our delightful tiger striped skunk) and Jenolan Caves. Both of which I've already seen myself (yawn).

Getting enough people to commit however is an impossibility, so it's out of the question.

carlfoxmarten said:"does a modem really need a name?",

Nah, doesn't NEED a name, but I've named all my other equipment up until now. I'll think of something when I've learned about the modem's "personality."

Ciao!
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