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Thursday, April 24, 2008

I'm not dead, but my router is!

Yesterday morning I sat down to the computer to blog and I couldn't get online. I glanced at the router and it wasn't happily blinking away like it usually does (it's a very cheerful router, I think, as routers go). In fact, it only had one light on and it wasn't the power light. I checked the cords - all of the cords at both ends - and everything was plugged in, so I called Verizon FIOS to get them to fix it. I got the computer voice and to be fair, the computer voice was able to resend a signal to one of our TV box thingys (the FIOS equivilant of a cable box) a while back and fix it without me ever having to talk to a person. Yesterday, the computer voice thing wasn't really helpful. She also wouldn't let me go back and when I asked for a person she was most insistent on not putting me through. I tried and tried to get the computer voice to give me a person (just FYI, when you yell some maybe not nice things about computers to the computer voice, it just continues in it's completely rational computer voice about how it didn't understand that and could you please repeat it. Really?) I even tried calling back and the computer voice answered the phone and told me that I was in the system and I would be contacted.

This morning, the router was buzzing. It got turned off and unplugged before it blew up the whole house and I called Verizon again. This time I was able to go around the computer voice and got an actual person who helped me and is now sending us a new router and told me how to go online without using the router (you can plug the computer directly into the wall thingy - who knew?) So obviously, I'm back now!

I loved all the comments about the plague book and have written down the titles you guys suggested to request from the library. By the end of the summer, I'll probably be dressing the whole family in bio hazard suits, but that will just give Caleb a really great story for "What I Did On My Summer Vacation..."

Since this is a knitting blog, I thought I'd mention what I'm knitting.


I've finished the sleeves on the Chinese Lace Pullover and I've added about 5 or 6 inches to the body. I'm getting close to where I want to start the arm holes and then I should be able to get it finished up pretty quickly. This has been a pretty fast knit, even with the problems I've made for myself. I think if I'd actually followed the directions, I'd be done by now.

I'm off now, I've got to find a bio hazard suit for a cat and a big dog - we've got to keep the tail wrapped here people, there will be no deadly microbes sneaking in by the wag wag!



Blogger Rudee said...

I hate that Verizon wench. I've had about enough of her smug voice too. The sweater is looking beautiful and the color will look amazing on you.

Natural immunity is an amazing thing, don't feel you have to kill all the bugs! Just the wicked ones. We have bugs at work that can't be killed with hospital strength hand disinfectants anymore---they are RESISTANT. Good old fashioned soap and water is the answer.

Perhaps your cat will be enough to keep the carrier of the plague off your doorstep!

2:45 PM  
Blogger Knittripps said...

I am sorry about your router problems. I don't care for computer voices but sometimes talking to a real customer service person isn't any better :)

4:15 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

The pieces for the sweater are looking good & I love the color.

7:01 AM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

Routers, little girl, are for moving your laptop around the house or having more than one wireless computer turned on at a time (I have had 4 at a time, sometimes, at my house). But they are so nice to have - I'm glad you are getting a new one.

I hate talking to those voices, too. They just don't understand, do they? What were their mommies teaching them??

Lovely sweater, by the way!

10:18 AM  
Blogger My Profile said...

CCNA Networking Terms

ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) RARP

PDU (Protocol Data Units)

Cisco Catalyst 1900 – 2900XL – 2950 - (Configuration and IOS) Commands

Cisco Router / Basic Router Operation / Commands

1:28 PM  

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