The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Monday, Debtember 18, 2000

No DSL Horror story here …

I'm am still being amazed with the level of service that Velotel provides. IDSL is supposed to be installed sometime between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. I arrive home around 9:00 a.m. (traffic on the way home delayed me) to find my roommate had already let in the installation guy.


He even beat the equipment here! (That's scheduled to arrive later on today). He had an extra unit to test with and everything seems fine for the actual equipment when it comes in.

Woo hoo! I can't wait!

Velotel. Remember them. Go with them. They are so cool!

30 Lbs. in 30 Days

Oh my. Would you gain 30 pounds to earn $3,000? These two people did.

And for some reason, I find the girl cuter at the end than at the beginning. Then again, I like women who have curves.

That's Billonaire, with a “B”

I'm poking around TheSpark when I view the explanation for their Bone-EasyTM Pickup Line software when I'm selected to win a billion dollars! Of course the fine print states the offer is void in Florida.

Of course!

So even if I were stupid enough to give away my email address (sheay, right. I'd give them a throw-away one) I would still be unable to play.

Update on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Someone has emailed me several times offering a link to replace the broken links on this page. Unfortunately, said person has obviously neglected to read this entry and is trying to blindly get me to link to some random website somewhere to improve their website's search engine placement.

Um … no.

So I removed the links (now long past dead) from this page.

5 Minutes to a Speedier Internet

So I close the lottery window and pop! Another window pops open (WARNING: do you really want to click on the link below?):

Your Internet connection is too slow.

Go to netsetter right now to speed it up (free).

Click here to fix your connect for free.

So I click …

Gee, all they seem to do is either install a browser, or munge the settings on your current browser to go through their web proxie servers, and send the content down to your computer compressed. Meanwhile, they collect valuable browsing data and sell it. Oh, they won't sell your name to anyone, just your demographics.

Looking a gift page in the browser

As I'm trying to leave the site I'm currently sucked into, more windows pop up! This time offering me a free gift! Just for stopping by.


Okay, ONE DSL Horror Story here …

A primal scream fills the air as I realize I won't get my IDSL connection up until tomarrow.

I write this note [Knock Loudly!  Knock like you've never knocked before!] to stick on the door so the delivery person would knock loud enough for my roommate Rob would hear. Don't want to miss this deliver. Only to find a ticket on the doorknob—I already missed the delivery!

At 11:54 a.m. a delivery person came by my condo, and not finding anyone here, despite the fact that there were three people in the condo at the time, left, leaving a notice on the door.

I called the delivery company and since it's the Holiday SeasonTM and all, the driver can't stop by again today, but another attempt at delivery will be made tomarrow.

I suppose I should have left the Post-ItTM Note on the door earlier. Sigh.

Double checking

I called Velotel to double check the IP addresses I have so once the IDSL unit comes in, I can plug it in and go. Got an IP address, along with the gateway address. An IP address. As in one.

I had ordered 13 (a block of 16—two can't be used, one is used for a gateway on their side, leaving me with 13). I asked about this, since on the form I had asked for a block of 13. It seems they don't give out such large blocks to residential customers, but I could get 5 (block of 8, two can't be used, one for gateway). Okay, sign me up for 5 IP addresses. They should be ready by the end of the day, we'll call you back.

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