Tuesday, February 24, 2015

If the equipment is outdated, it must be my house.

We got home from vacation to find that the AT&T equipment we had was not functioning properly.  The battery back-up in one of the units was on its way out, which meant it emitted a beeping sound about every 10 seconds that would make you want to tear your hair out, and this right in Sweetie's "man cave" (he hates me calling it that, but it's where he goes to play his guitars and watch movies on DVD, so that's what it is), and thus a call to tech support was in order.

Calling U-verse tech support isn't too bad, usually.  They are at least polite while they make you wait as they test your unit remotely in order to tell you what you already knew -- the battery is dead and has to be replaced.

For once, they had a tech visit opening the very next morning.  That meant a rush to get in registering Bigger Girl's car (got to the OMV an hour before it opened, and got out in 7 minutes once i got in there!) and seeing Little Girl's counselor at school to make sure they will have her in the right classes next year (she will be in English IV, Biology II, Advanced Math, European History, P.E., and Art), but somehow i made it back to the house about 30 seconds ahead of the tech.

This was odd.  Usually, when they tell me a time slot of, say, between 8:30 and 12:30, i end up being on the 12:30 side of things.  In this case, because i had other things to do, i ended up being first in line, and barely got in there in time.

He took one look at my equipment and said, "We don't make that any more, I will have to replace it.  Also, I'm going to have to ask you to move this book case, and I have to run a new wire.  Would it be okay with you if I drilled a new hole in this wall and threaded it along the bottom of the built in shelves?"

Since internet is now as essential as bread to most folks, i told him to go ahead.  What's one more hole drilled into my house?  At least with this new system, we wouldn't have anything in Sweetie's man cave any longer.

We  are now the proud owners of a new, stronger modem and a password for it that, instead of being 10 easy to memorize digits, is a string of 12 alphanumerics that is going to keep me tongue tied for a week trying to learn it.  Everything wireless in the house has had to be programmed with this new password, and every time i think i've gotten everything, i find another device in need of it.

First world problems, anyone?

Today is:

Amun in the Festival of Raising Heaven -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Dragobete -- Romania (lover's day, and the day birds choose a mate, also considered by locals as the first day of spring)

Flag Day -- Mexico

Giving of Shoes -- Fairy Calendar

Gregorian Calendar Day -- Gregory XIII issued the Papal Bull requiring Roman Catholics to adopt his calendar reform on this day; the effective date of adoption was to be Oct. 4, 1582

Iseseisvuspaev/Independence Day -- Estonia(1918)

National Artist Day -- Thailand

National Tortilla Chip Day

N'cwala -- Zambia (Thanksgiving festival, celebrated with traditional dance, music, and specially brewed beer)

Nylon Toothbrush Day -- the first ones went on sale this date in 1938

Obnoxious Day -- probably started as a joke, the only ones who benefit from this day are the ecard companies

Regifugium -- Ancient Roman Calendar (flight of the king)

Single-Tasking Day -- encouraging you to do one thing at a time, and not feel guilty; begun by Theresa Gabriel, who claims multitasking is inefficient and hurts your brain! she suggests it be on the 4th Tuesday of the month, although other sites list other dates

Spay Day USA -- sponsored by the HSUS; Sit!  Stay!  Spay!  Good Owner!

St. Æthelberht of Kent's Day (first Christian King of the Anglo-Saxons; some have his day listed tomorrow instead)

World Spay Day -- don't let your pets litter!

Anniversaries Today:

Hadassah is founded, 1912
Western Washington University is established, 1899
The American University is chartered by an act of the Congress of the United States of America, 1893

Birthdays Today:

Billy Zane, 1966
Kristin Davis, 1965
Eddie Murray, 1956
Paula Zahn, 1956
Steven Jobs, 1955
Alain Prost, 1955
Helen Shaver, 1951
George Thorogood, 1950
Edward James Olmos, 1947
Rupert Holmes, 1947
Barry Bostwick, 1945
Joe Lieberman, 1942
James Farentino, 1938
Renata Scotto, 1937
Michel Legrand, 1932
Mark Lane, 1927
Stephen Hill, 1922
Abe Vigoda, 1921
Chester W. Nimitz, 1885
Honus Wagner, 1874
Winslow Homer, 1836
Wilhelm Karl Grimm, 1786
Ibn Battutah, 1304
Emperor Toba of Japan, 1103

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Peer Gynt"(Play), 1876
"Rinaldo"(HWV 7), 1711
"L'Orfeo"(SV318), 1607

Today in History:

St. Francis of Assisi, age 26, receives his vocation in Portiuncula, Italy, 1208
In the first imperial coronation by a pope,Charles V is crowned by Clement V, 1530
Pope Gregory XIII, by decree, institutes what is now known as the Gregorian Calendar, correcting the older Julian Calendar, 1582
L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the first works recognized as an opera, receives its première performance, 1607
The London première of Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel, the first Italian opera written for the London stage, 1711
The US Supreme Court first declares a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison), 1803
London's Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute, 1804
The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the first removal treaty in accordance with the Indian Removal Act, is proclaimed. The Choctaws in Mississippi cede land east of the river in exchange for payment and land in the West, 1831
William Otis of Pennsylvania patents the steam shovel, 1839
The first parade to have floats is staged at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1868
Andrew Johnson becomes the first President of the United States to be impeached, 1868
The SS Gothenburg hits the Great Barrier Reef and sinks off the Australian east coast, killing approximately 100, including a number of high profile civil servants and dignitaries, 1875
China and Russia sign the Sino-Russian Ili Treaty, 1881
Chicago is selected to host the Columbian Exposition, 1890
Rudolf Diesel receives a patent for the diesel engine, 1893
Hudson Motor Car Company is founded, 1909
National Public Radio is founded in the United States, 1970
The United States Olympic Hockey team completes their Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal, 1980
Buckingham Palace announces the engagement of The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, 1981
A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II, 1983
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers a USD $3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie, 1989
The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church, 1996*
Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea, 2007
Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years, 2008
Final launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery, 2011

*The Romans counted Feb. 24 twice in leap years, instead of adding Feb. 29; that continued in many places until 1996


  1. hallelujah for an upgrade! i'm certain ours is outdated here, too, but "fingers crossed" keeps going for a while.

  2. Glad you are up and running again and it was relatively easy! Always breathe a sigh of relief when the internet is working well, but then I depend on it for my job :)

    When we moved here and got a new password, thankfully the repair man wrote it down with our account number, etc. Knowing I would lose it, I taped it to inside a kitchen cabinet. Its been invaluable there :)


  3. I keep getting e-mail messages reminding me that my computer is a relic and none of my programs are now supported. Yet it seems to work just fine.

  4. Well, that was easier than I thought it was going to be. They did all this here a couple of years ago. We currently have fiber optics and it's lightening fast.

    I'm glad you're good to go, but you'll be changing passwords for awhile I'm thinking.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. My wife can remember any number from SS#'s to credit card #'s, but the password for internet...forget it. We have several copies of it around the house.

  6. Hide your new password under the bathroom rug until you've memorized it. No one ever looks there. Oops. Maybe now they will. :-)

  7. I am always a day .... and many dollars!! .. behind all the latest technology too. I have no idea what our strange password even is anymore. I hope hubby wrote it down!!

  8. Good for you for the upgrade but geesh.. can't you go online and change your password to something of your choosing... or maybe the one hiding under debi's bathroom rug? ;)


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