April 11th, 2007


Sleep Doesn't Look Likely...

I finally got through my shower yesterday afternoon, and was just throwing on clothes when timenchanter got home from work.

I dragged him off to dinner at Fresh Choice (We needed energy, right?), then we moved a few things to the as-yet-unnamed new place. Two truckloads of books, and his bed. In fact, enough that he's spending the night there.

I should probably start packing up the books in my room, too. Actually, packing up my room in any way would be a good thing.

In the process, I decided to test the new phone service that was connected on Saturday. There are three phone jacks in the apartment. None of them registered a dial tone.

So I hunted down the junction box, unscrewed the "customer access" level, and plugged my phone into the test jack for line 2. Dial tone. So I called the new number. No reaction.

About then I noticed that line 2 runs directly through the wall into the landlord's kitchen. I'd just disconnected his phone...

Anyway, the test jack for line 1 was as dead as the jacks in the apartment.

So when I woke up around 2:30am this morning (after passing out in my chair), I logged onto the SBC/ATT web site and eventually succeeded in putting in a trouble report (Remember, kiddies: You can't add the service to your account until you get the first bill, and don't make the mistake of logging in if you're complaining about a number not on your account, mmm'kay? We'll keep state around from when you logged in just to make sure you keep it in mind).

They'll be sending a technician out sometime during working hours later today. Which means I have to be there. Which kinda works with the whole DSL thing, because the DSL modem is also scheduled to be delivered sometime today.

But doesn't work with the fact that I'm tired, and probably would sleep for 8 hours if I fell asleep now...

Looks like I get to pull an all-nighter! Ummm, all-dayer? Get to burn in the light of the cursèd daystar? Something like that.
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Just Show Up, Already!

This morning I packed up a bunch of stuff - mostly hardware - grabbed some McDonald's (Mmmm, bacon, egg, and cheese bagel! The kosher delights of a bagel coupled with the yummyness that is bacon. Delicious and self-contradictory - my kinda food!), and made my way to the apartment.

I got here most likely about five minutes after timenchanter left, which was my aim. We only have the one parking spot, after all.

I was partway through configuring the spare firewall when the guy from AT&T called to say he was on his way. He spent quite a lot of time here. On the one hand, he said there was some sort of problem out on the street. On the other, he rewired the apartment connection to the junction box (for what looks to be about the 6th time) without being asked to. It's nice to have a reliable connection, but I'm hoping they're not going to try to stiff me for an inside wiring charge.

We'll see.

In any case, the phone line was hooked up by 11:00am or so.

Fiddling with the firewall took me until about 1:00pm - and I'm still not sure the VPN settings are right. Testing'll have to wait until I actually have a connection.

I have the firewall set up to both my specs and Sonic.net's. I have a functioning secured access point. What I still don't have is a modem.

According to UPS, the damn thing was loaded on the truck at 5:18am. And it appears to still be on that truck, and I'm beginning to wonder if it will actually arrive or not.

This attitude might have a teensy bit to do with the couple of hours of sleep I'm working with right now. Everything's just a little... off.

Though what I'm most looking forward to when Timmie gets home is that I'll be able to take a shower. I itch.

I have gotten other things done - I've finally figured out a way to use my MPEG software that seems to do a good job with the videos, and I've got a definitive version of LAS-03. I'm starting on LAS-04 right now.

I've verified that the tiny color TV I found in the garage is actually perfect to replace the B&W monitor I have set up at the bar.

I've had a nice chat with the mail lady. I had a relatively nice chat with Mena, who's three days out of jail, and was not surprised to hear that all her stuff had been dumped.

And that's it so far - Timmie's on his way home, and I have a laserdisc capture to start slicing.
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