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.

Friday, August 12, 2011

In thinking about it, I think a solid rubber ball would be more reliable than the Monopolistic Phone Company

All I want is a way to get onto the Internet. In other words—all I need is a pipe.

I don't need crap software that requires 1GB of memory and sucks up 100MB of disk space just to configure a stupid DSL modem.

I especially don't want said software to reset DSL password on my behalf after sitting there doing apparently nothing for five solid minutes. What the XXXX?

And I really hate being redirected by the DSL provider to a webpage saying I have the wrong password and then trying to force an install of software on my computer to rectify the problem.

Thank you so much, Monopolistic Phone Company. You've made my Internet experience so much worse.

Is it too much to ask for a XXXXXXXXX simple pipe?

Apparently it is …

[Some background information: earlier this week the DSL connection started bouncing like a hard rubber ball. The wait time for local help was twenty minutes into the future, indefinitely, but immediate help was available from the Bangalore Help Desk™. All the Bangalore Help Desk™ could do was send a new modem; they couldn't authorize a test of the DSL line. Fine, we elected for the new modem. We'll see if this stops the hard rubber ball DSL line from bouncing up and down.]

Obligatory Picture

[“I am NOT a number, I am … a Q-CODE!”]

Obligatory Contact Info

Obligatory Feeds

Obligatory Links

Obligatory Miscellaneous

You have my permission to link freely to any entry here. Go ahead, I won't bite. I promise.

The dates are the permanent links to that day's entries (or entry, if there is only one entry). The titles are the permanent links to that entry only. The format for the links are simple: Start with the base link for this site:, then add the date you are interested in, say 2000/08/01, so that would make the final URL:

You can also specify the entire month by leaving off the day portion. You can even select an arbitrary portion of time.

You may also note subtle shading of the links and that's intentional: the “closer” the link is (relative to the page) the “brighter” it appears. It's an experiment in using color shading to denote the distance a link is from here. If you don't notice it, don't worry; it's not all that important.

It is assumed that every brand name, slogan, corporate name, symbol, design element, et cetera mentioned in these pages is a protected and/or trademarked entity, the sole property of its owner(s), and acknowledgement of this status is implied.

Copyright © 1999-2024 by Sean Conner. All Rights Reserved.