1) I've been up since 5:30. ok I went to bed at 9:30 so this equals eight hours but still. the cats decided to start roughhousing on the bed the moment I opened my eyes. their dishes were not empty. I do not know what their damage was.
2) dsl is still broken. until housemate S wakes up I don't feel guilty monopolizing the phone line though. I can't call SBC to see what the problem is as they have one of those automated phone answering systems that I hate, the kind where you have to speak your selection off a menu rather than press a number. it will surprise none of you to know that I have to yell my selections into the phone because my voice operates at a frequency that these things have a hard time picking up. so I'd wake S if I called now.
3) if I started now I could have ten papers graded by noon. I won't start now and I won't keep going that long but at least I have a few hours to play with here. I do not know how awake I'm going to be after this cup of coffee though. when I get up this early coffee sometimes puts me back to sleep.
I keep forgetting that downloading two of anything at the same time on dialup is futile.
feel my pain.
the coffee did not put me back to sleep. odd. in a minute I will grade a couple of papers and that will be that for today. then I might read for awhile. I suspect I will be about ready for bed by 6pm or so.
ah the unmitigated A!
I do like giving them out. but I'm stingy with them all the same.
an hour on the phone with SBC, plugging, unplugging, removing routers from networks, using different computers to talk to the modem and then he tests to see if he can ping the modem at all and the answer is no. line test: ok. modem response: nothing. dsl light lights but it can't talk to servers.
the case has been "escalated" and the next tier of technicians will try to fix it "as soon as possible" but since it's a weekend no one will be calling me back till Monday.
I guess it's dialup for awhile. I envision a new modem in my future but I could be wrong.
on the up side I did grade some papers after hanging up. now no longer feel so guilty.
well dang. I have to go to Best Buy and buy a new modem. gosh darn it. don't throw me into that briar patch!
the only real question is can I walk that far yet. and back.
so I buy a new modem and plug it in and it still won't connect so I call the techie guy back and says hm and does a few things then asks what operating system I use and I say OS X and he says what's that and I say oh I use a mac and he says oh let me find someone who knows macs and he does and he patches in Doug so now I am on a conference call with this guy whose name I did not catch and Doug as they go poking about and muttering random letters and numbers that mean nothing to me until they note that at some point between my house and the internet a component that I was networked to has been removed but no one moved me to whatever new one or other one was to take its place.
so after more numbers and letters that mean nothing to me and I'm sitting there watching the pretty lights flash on my new modem as these guys I do not know do things to it from far away which in and of itself is somewhat disturbing and makes me want to set up multiple firewalls after a while they get me hooked up to whatever component I need to be hooked up to and voila.
oddly I suspected this morning that the problem was Out There and not In Here but I went out and got the new modem anyway accepting as slightly plausible that the old one would have gone tits up on the very day that there was a service outage in this area.
anyway I say to the guy whose name I did not catch thanks and I could be mad at you for making me buy a new modem but going to Best Buy and spending money is an end in itself and he apologized and said but the new modem is much better.
I have a much better modem now.
and dsl is back. wo0t.
I'm tired and depressed.
I think it is time to go to bed.
I'm turning into a little old man aren't I. I didn't have dinner at 4:30. I had it at 5.