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Old 05-19-2008, 08:58 AM   #61
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Old 05-19-2008, 09:11 AM   #62
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........(and castrate myself next day.).
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:15 AM   #63
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Old 05-19-2008, 01:41 PM   #64
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Er... I didn't necessarily mean you should trust the cable company with checking the box.

Though if it really has been checked for residents and found to be uninhabited, it sounds more like an electronic part going bad. Do you by chance know if any of your neighbors have (had) cable internet access?
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Old 05-19-2008, 02:38 PM   #65
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There must be a squirrel laughing somewhere. Do you have a Martha detector available?
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:11 PM   #66
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Er... I didn't necessarily mean you should trust the cable company with checking the box.

Though if it really has been checked for residents and found to be uninhabited, it sounds more like an electronic part going bad. Do you by chance know if any of your neighbors have (had) cable internet access?
I have yet to speak to everyone on my street, but no one else has mentioned having a problem (mind you, many of them have already gone to the dark side--ahem, Verizon--and so, wouldn't help establish Comcast problems unless you counted why they left.)
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:13 PM   #67
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There must be a squirrel laughing somewhere. Do you have a Martha detector available?
I have a Slappy Scanner...

(Now, that's comedy!)
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:35 PM   #68
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We've almost always been with Verizon and it's been bearable for most of the time and great since we got Fios (we were one of the first in our area to get it for internet and 18 months later when TV was added we got that, too.) We had Verizon back when it was He!! Atlantic on dial-up, then ISDN and ADSL (DH's company paid for internet access) but the worst service we ever had was with Adelphia, now Comcast. Adelphia had the lousiest cable service I've ever encountered. They went digital, forget high def, years after everyone else did, constant service disruptions, and lousy reception. Even with all that we decided to try cable internet when it first came out for the frist free month and it never worked! The technicians couldn't make it work. They tried several different cable modems, reconnected it, performed Voodoo rituals but nada. At that point we dropped Adelphia completely, stayed with Verizon for internet and hooked up with Dish Network for TV service.

I'm telling you to take care of squirrel problem get yourself some powdered coyote or fox urine and the squirrels will leave you alone, the #$%* tree rats.
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Old 05-19-2008, 04:11 PM   #69
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:59 AM   #70
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Mini-rant ahead: Electronics. Simply put, I have a love-hate relationship with it... I love the potential, and I hate the reality.

Case in point: Every computer and PDA I've ever owned! Not one of them has not given me headaches and sleepless nights, trying to get it to do something that it was designed to do... that the manufactured said it could do... but it stubbornly refused to do!

I just spent last night trying to repair a problem with my PDA refusing to sync my Notes with Outlook. By the time midnight hit, I had uninstalled and reloaded ActiveSync twice, restored my PDA from backups 4 times, finally did a hard reset, and ended up in exactly the same no-notes-sync situation... but now ActiveSync won't sync at all, meaning I get to start over from scratch when I get home! Aargh!

Just bought a new laptop, my old one was getting long in the tooth. Try as I might, I can't get it to connect with my home wireless network.

Just set up a new PC... same notation on old one as the laptop. Setup and configuration of new SW (to replace old SW that won't run properly on the new OS) is being slowed up by the aforementioned problems with Comcast (Comcast! Sloowwwly I turned...).

This may be one of the reasons I like science fiction so much... it presents me with a future where they got all that electronic stuff to work...
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:00 AM   #71
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I'm using Chapura to keep my Palm sync'd with my work PC (I don't use a PC at home), and I'm pretty happy with it. But I haven't messed with Vista. (I don't know if that's part of what's causing you grief, but it seems a safe assumption.)

If we're going to rant about computers, let's talk about MS deciding to redesign the whole interface for Office products so one can't find anything. I can avoid the problem on my system by refusing to "upgrade," but the users I support often aren't so lucky.
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:15 AM   #72
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Mini-rant ahead: Electronics. Simply put, I have a love-hate relationship with it... I love the potential, and I hate the reality.

Case in point: Every computer and PDA I've ever owned! Not one of them has not given me headaches and sleepless nights, trying to get it to do something that it was designed to do... that the manufactured said it could do... but it stubbornly refused to do!

I just spent last night trying to repair a problem with my PDA refusing to sync my Notes with Outlook. By the time midnight hit, I had uninstalled and reloaded ActiveSync twice, restored my PDA from backups 4 times, finally did a hard reset, and ended up in exactly the same no-notes-sync situation... but now ActiveSync won't sync at all, meaning I get to start over from scratch when I get home! Aargh!

Just bought a new laptop, my old one was getting long in the tooth. Try as I might, I can't get it to connect with my home wireless network.

Just set up a new PC... same notation on old one as the laptop. Setup and configuration of new SW (to replace old SW that won't run properly on the new OS) is being slowed up by the aforementioned problems with Comcast (Comcast! Sloowwwly I turned...).

This may be one of the reasons I like science fiction so much... it presents me with a future where they got all that electronic stuff to work...
Actually, just for a touch of reality, you should include a computer crash at the most annoying time possible to show the resolve and wits of your main character. That or to show how your character is completely dependent on faulty equipment and needs to learn to make do. Just a thought.

I actually had to read a **gasp!** real book last night because the publisher decided that e-booking the first and third books in a series would be amusing.
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:30 AM   #73
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I'm a reasonably patient man, very rarely do I swear, but a bank in the UK is getting very close to making me blow my top; for the second time in less than a year. I shal'n't identify the bank by name, but those who know bank names may be able to imagine the name from a few keywords...calm atmosphere, rather austere, monks, nuns, congregations, Georgian chants.

So my rant.....

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Old 05-22-2008, 10:33 AM   #74
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I actually had to read a **gasp!** real book last night because the publisher decided that e-booking the first and third books in a series would be amusing.
what, you didn't find that amusing ? i just love the publishers, they're such playful little scamps when it comes to ebooks...
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what, you didn't find that amusing ? i just love the publishers, they're such playful little scamps when it comes to ebooks...
Playful little scamps - I like that - toying with our emotions...
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