Saturday, July 28, 2007

When good modems go bad.....

Well, if you have been wondering about why the site (not L'Adunata, but the mother site has been on and off for the last 3 days, it's because of a bad modem. I called them up and told them the internet wasn't working, they did some troubleshooting (unplug, replug, turn computer off, restart computer and a bunch of stuff on their end) and finally decided it was one of two things : the modem or the cables. Since I replaced the modem just a year or so ago, they decided it had to be the cables, so they scheduled a maintenance person to come out sometime between 8am and noon today. Except that on Friday morning the internet was working fine, so I called them back and cancelled the appointment. I figured if it was something wrong with the cables, it wouldn't be so on-again, off-again like it had been for the last 3 days, and so it must be the modem. I also figured that if it were the modem, it might have to do with being down in the damp basement. So this morning when I woke up and found the internet down again, I went to Comcast, got a new modem, went to Comp USA and got the stuff to move the modem upstairs (and 2GB of RAM for this computer), came home, set it all up and voila - it's working. Hopefully for more than a couple of days. Well, running your own web page server in the basement may not be the most reliable, but it is a hell of a lot cheaper than paying for the space I use....have a great weekend


A Paperback Writer said...

I'm going to post soon about my day in Oxford, but just thought I'd tell you I bought you a tee-shirt. I couldn't decide between an XL and an XXL, but I got the bigger one because it's better to err on the larger side than the smaller side in clothes. You can always shrink the thing in the dryer if you have to, but stretching it doesn't work as well. Can you wear a double X, or is it going to look like your jammies on you?

A Paperback Writer said...

my answer to your answer to this comment and the other dream-in-color comment (and the house that Jack built) is on my blog.
Also coming within the next 1/2 hour: my posts on today in Oxford with lots of photos.
stay tuned.