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Adventures with the Internets
battyden
dewhitton
NBN went down 5pm. Saturday, last week. I turned the modem off and on again - that didn't work. So I turned it off for an hour and turned it back on. Nope. Too late to ring Telstra. Still no connection Sunday morning so I rang telstra. Unhelpful tehnician was unhelpful - he got me to turn it off and turn it on again. Still no connection. So he organized an NBN tech to look at the connection. The earliest time: between 1pm and 5pm. In 5 days on Friday. I expected he will test all the house connections first (they worked until Saturday afternoon.) Then he will turn the modem off and on again. Then he will actually work on the problem. I also expected the problem to self repair before he gets here. So, no internet or landline until then. Buggerit.

In the meantime, I discovered the problem is definitely in the FTTN box. Dad's internet and both his neighbours nets were down. The bad news is Dad's neighbours are OAPs and now had *no* phones. Dad is also an OAP but he is more tech savvy and has a mobile, so mum and dad were not isolated.

Whatever the problem that took out many local connections on Saturday was resolved on Monday, and I had a nice, fast, and stable connection, and so did Dad and his neighbours. Until Wednesday afternoon. When it stopped again. I called Dad to see if he had problems (nope, just me) So I called Telstra, again, to resolve the new problem. This time i told the tech about my previous calls and what I had done (ie turned it off and turned it on again) and she said "So what I want you to do... (long pause) You know what? I'll skip the trouble shooting and escalate it up to the next level." I bet she was about to ask me to turn it off and turn it on again, then realized what she was about to say. So later the Next Level tech rang and started to question me about cords and cables etc, and I was getting frustrated.

"Look, It has worked since it was installed," I said quickly, "And then it didn't, and I have not touched anything!" I might have sounded a little... grumpy. He said he would run more tests and someone would call back tomorrow.

Thursday, the modem had a full set of green lights. YAY! then at 3pm the connection died. Red status and internet lights, no landline phone. Again. So I called teltra. again. And the trouble shooting did not help. again. And it was escalated to the next level. again.

Still dead Friday morning. So I rang Telstra at 9am and got a very helpful tech who could not help. He asked me to do a factory reset, since that was the only thing we had not tried before. (Spoiler! It didn't help.) We got chatting while we waited for the modem to reboot and I mentioned it was a bit cold. He said it was a bit cold there, too. I had a sudden thought.

"Where are you? Where is your office?" I asked.
"Um. I'm in the Philippines."
"So, what temperature is it there?"
"25."
"That's a bit cold?"
"Yes."
"It's 10 here."
"What? Oh my God!"
"It might hit minus1 tonight."
"OH MY GOD!"
"It hasn't rained since March."
(long pause.) "Where do you LIVE?!"

So in the end I will be receiving a new modem on Monday, courtesy of a techy who thinks I live in some frozen hellish wateland beyond civilization. Until then, I have a very iffy connection and a mobile phone I can turn into a wifi hot-spot I can connect to via laptop. Yay updating!

Crossposted from Dreamwidth.
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battyden
dewhitton
Now finishing my second year of zero work, zero income. I have enough in the bank to do this for another 12 months, but spending on things I *want* is out of the question. Even the beer fridge is almost empty. And yes, I have been very quiet here. I have had nothing to post about. There are only so many times* I can write "Slept late. Watched YouTube while eating a breakfast. Bought a curry pie for second breakfast. Long lunch. Worked on Secret Project Business Plan. Ran out of tea." and make it sound interesting.

(*read "once")

I have a couple of possible projects happening on a near-by Pacific island (NOT New Zealand). One could be Highly lucrative but the islanders dragging their feet. They want the White Foreigner to do all the work and provide all the finance - and they have been told I have no finance to give. I have to find a venture capitalist, and the Islanders have to set up the company. I will work for a salary but not for a share of the profits. Those belong to the People. One of the Islanders said to me "I am very confident this project will succeed now a white man is working with us!" which made me very sad. The project won't succeed because the White Man is waiting for the Islanders to actually do something, because Island Time.

The other project is on the same island (Still NOT New Zealand) and will be run by a local Businessman with an MBA from Oxford, who really knows his stuff. This won't be as lucrative, but actually might go ahead because he is ready to work on his side of the South Pacific. This project will export a plant material which will, with a little processing, package lumps of produce for eating. Or, with a little more processing, make bags of four for eating. Or, with a lot more processing, create a biodegradable bioplastic to replace single-use plastic plates and cups, and polystyrene packing beans. I would be involved in designing and building the processing plant(s), and maintenance, and writing operations manuals. And setting up the workplace health and safety system.

And so that is what is happening here. I have not abandoned this place for Faceache; I post almost nothing there, and nothing about these jobs.

What happens on Facebook... well...


The Glorious Tale Of Bayeux

Crossposted from Dreamwidth.

Around The World In 80 Beers Episode 199: Vale IPA
Beer
dewhitton
Vale IPA

Pours a deep, clear amber colour with a medium head. A small amount of carbonation is visible in the class.

First Sip: strong, sweet malts up front, with a little citrus. Initially very little hops, but then it builds to a long-lasting after-taste. Medium mouth-feel with a little foamy carbonation tingle on the tongue.

"First Sip" was immediately followed by First Gulp. This is a very yummy IPA. The lovely malty sweetness is strong but not too overwhelming, and the hops after-taste goes on for DAYS. I'd only bought one bottle; I won't make that mistake again. It's six packs of this from now on. It goes down very easily, and at 5.5% alc/vol it would put the wobbly boots on pretty fast. And I won't care.

Vale IPA

Vale American IPA.
McLaren Vale Brewery, SA
5.5%alc/vol
330ml bottle

Same again, sir? Oh yes please!
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around the world in 80 beers episode 198: Knappstein Reserve Lager
battyden
dewhitton
Knappstein Reserve Lager

Pours a clear very pale yellow with a small/medium head that lasts for ages. lots of carbonation visible.

First sip: Whoa. I mean, mild malt and toffee sweetness, with quite a lot of fruit, almost grapey, flavours. Hops is mild but very long lasting and can be tasted from sip to long after the swallow. Medium mouth-feel with a nice carbonation tingle on the tongue.

If it weren't for the hops, I'd think this was a fizzy riesling. It is extremely drinkable and goes down very easily. This can be a problem - at 5.6% this can result in wobbly boots. A very yummy beer!


Knappstein reserve Lager
Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines) South Autralia
5.6% alc/vol
330ml bottle

Knappstein Reserve Lager

Same again, sir? Oh yes please!
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Around The World In 80 Beers Episode 197: Yenda Pale Ale
Beer
dewhitton
It's been a while since I've done one of these.

Yenda Pale Ale

Pours a clear golden colour with some carbonation visible. The head is small and fades away rapidly (This may be a glass problem.)

First sip: Some mild grainy malts almost but not quite obscured by the hops, which fade away rapidly. Mouth-feel is thin, with a foamy tingle on the tongue. There is a faint, lingering hoppy after-taste.

This beer is... okay. It's drinkable, and I wouldn't say "no" if someone bought me one. It would go down well on a hot day, or would do as a six-pack for a BBQ. But... yeah. Maybe. Meh.

Yenda Pale Ale
Australian Beer Co. (Owned by Coca Cola Amatil)
4.5% alc/vol
330ml bottle

Yenda Pale Ale

Same again, sir? Um... dunno. Yes?
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22/7
silly
dewhitton
It's 22nd July. Happy Pi Approximation Day!

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silly
dewhitton
What would happen if the Rev. Sidney Chambers and Farther Brown were to be appointed to the Anglican and Catholic churches in Midsommer?

The Undercurrent: Coral, Coal & Corruption
cranky
dewhitton

Why I should not watch the NOAA Okeanos Live Stream
silly
dewhitton
When I watch the live feed of the NOAA Okeanos Explorer, I want to point at the black spots and say "You missed a bit."

Okeanos Explorer

Travel With Den
Photos, art
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