Oz Whiston writing as Oz Drummond (birdhousefrog) wrote,
Oz Whiston writing as Oz Drummond

Erratic Access

I have just discovered another joy of using satellite access. Our transmitter is kaput. Or almost. Which will cost money to replace with a technician's housecall. But worse than that, time. As in sometime next week.

In the meantime, I have spotty internet access. We return to the days of dial up (maybe) and going to the public library for access.

The oddity is that I can access general web still. But I can't access any page that is secure or do any logins that require accessing a secure page. Only logins that don't go through a secure link. So right now I have lj and a few other things.

And yesterday I just had the satellite tv access guy out. The cables in the attic were apparently having difficulty supporting the extra load Maralton puts on them with more hours of tv. Local channels, which are higher frequency, have been kaput on one tv for days. Good thing it's all reruns right now. He replaced some of the cable, which he had told me before might need to be done. But actually, the connection into the box was bad and that might have been the specific culprit. Still, we've moved from R59 to R6 cable now for half of the access. To do the rest would require serious scrambling about in tight corners or just bypassing the attic altogether. But that tv still had all the channels and while Miss E watches a lot of tv, she doesn't watch local channels. Chat was still working yesterday morning and I was relaying everything he said to The Dude who was on a conference call at work. He approved that the gobbledy-gook the tech was spewing sounded reasonable to his engineering brain. He didn't spend four years at WPI for nothing, after all.

Oh the joys of living in the country.

Don't look for me on chat until next week. (Hey, Traci, I wonder if we burned it out the other night?)

And I shall be calling to check on DSL again. We've been told no more than once, but told to keep calling and asking. My neighbors have it, but they have different lines going to their properties.

Frog Out

ETA: Phone call. Service next Thursday morning. Argh. Can I say that again? Argh.
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