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  05:28:21 pm, by The Dreamer   , 206 words  
Categories: Computer, WiFi

MacBookPro 10.4.8 Airport Slow

Slower than dialup!

It was so fustrating...I thought the culprit was student loading the campus WiFi network. Though it occurred to me that it started being really slow after the application of the 10.4.8 update.

So, I searched and searched for why.....there was a vague reference to something called CoconutWiFi as a culprit. But, I didn't know what it figured it didn't apply, so I kept looking for the culprit in my case.

Finally, I looked up what CoconutWiFi was...while I didn't have it or anything like it running on my MBP....I did have Yahoo! Widget "Sys Monitor" running.

Turning this widget off, made a dramatic improvement to my speed.....I ran several speed tests to confirm.....speed differences were like 10kbps versus 2200 kbps.

I can't believe I suffered this long....

OTOH, I was positive that I had taken the MBP home a time or two, and didn't observe this level of degradation.... Could be the fact that campus is a large area served by many different APs on different channels around campus, all with the same SSID. While home, my APs are all on one frequency (and the neighbors' have different SSIDs...and different channels). Or some other technical factor....


  06:44:04 pm, by The Dreamer   , 136 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

UPS Resurrected

Some time ago, my old Cyberpower2000/1500VA (CP1500VA?) UPS died for the second time. For reasons, I'm not totally sure about....I removed the batteries from it and packed it away for future repair. And, bought a new UPS to replace it.

Well, I decided that there would be value in having a separate UPS to run the box known as LHAVEN. And, I was ordering replacement UPS batteries (well, battery)...I decided that it would be time to order the two needed for this old UPS.

They were back ordered, so initially I only received the one battery that I truely needed.

The batteries had arrived yesterday, but I didn't get both of them home until today. And, that UPS is now back in service and I have LHAVEN moved over to it.


  09:18:06 am, by The Dreamer   , 419 words  
Categories: Stuff, VoIP, AT&T DSL, Broadband

I came this close..... becoming landline free today.

I had gotten my phone bill, and I was ready to blindly pay it...when I happened to read the details and noticed that I was being charged $38+tax for a service call.

If you go back in my blog, I referenced my phone service outage of October 6th.

Actually my phones stopped working on October 4th. People calling me were being immediately connected to static. And, I had no dial tone...just static as well. I didn't notice until the morning of October 6th, however.

And, that's when I called in the trouble.

After much hold time...75 minutes of my life disappearing....they explained that the tech reset my line and found nothing wrong, so that makes it an inside wiring problem...and since I'm not paying them extra for that, they charged me for it. Even though I had explained numerous times that I had fully checked all my inside wiring before calling them....everything except using a ButtSet (since the one I had isn't DSL safe) it seems to have gone missing in the move (or I just haven't found the last box to look in yet).

But since the problem went away after they reset my somehow means they can charge me, unless I'm paying another extraoridnate charge to avoid being charged? Its bad enough that I'm paying over $30 a month for basic local only service, just so that should disaster strike...that I'll be able to call 911.

Well, while on hold, I got to thinking how bad could it be if I then switched to canceling the useless, troublesome service that is sucking money I could more than cover the cost of a VoIP provider I had been looking at... So, I said I wanted to cancel my service...and they transferred me over to 'disconnections'.

They explained that if I did, I would be subject to a $100 early termination fee. I kind of knew there would be...and it probably would've been a justifiable expense....except that it is that time of year when other bills are bigger than usual....

So, the plan is once I complete my 12-month minimum term....I'll be strongly considering dumping the landline (unless AT&T can offer me 3-6MBps/608kbps for DSL, or better)....and then I'll be looking to port my landline to VoIP (ideally to Vonage, which I've been happy with....and what I was using when I lost those 75 minutes of my life &#59;D )

  06:31:56 am, by The Dreamer   , 110 words  
Categories: Home Theatre

This morning's impulse buy....


Got another instock notification from Radio Shack for Accurian HomePlug Digital Audio Transmitter, so I rushed over and immediately tried to order it (along with a receiver).

The order seemed to go maybe I'll have this sometime next week.

Didn't get speaker stands though....its on my list, but I felt to rushed to browse what Radio Shack had to offer to decide on what to get. Plus I was sure there was a different venue I had been shopping for other reasons....

Hopefully this'll work better in my home situation than the Amphony 5.8GHz wireless. Wonder if this means I'll dig out my 5.8Ghz cordless phone again?


  09:38:12 pm, by The Dreamer   , 142 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Wireless/iPhone, Networking Blog > BlackBerry OS X Tethering Bounty Winner: Daniel Pasco!


Well, this has been occupying a large part of my free time with my BlackBerry 8703e....and I'm not having much luck with it.

Though, I've also been mucking around with GoogleTalk and Yahoo! Messenger on the Blackberry...and getting the same on my MacBookPro. I now have GoogleTalk identities on all 4 computers: work desktop, work laptop, home computer and Blackberry....guess that leaves out my home laptop, but at this point it probably won't travel anymore (and it lives in the same room as my main home desktop). The work laptop probably gives me another year to put of its upgrade (it was due last year).

The other minor thing...I'm been playing with the Sodoku on my Blackberry. I don't really need the distraction from work, etc...but having it on my new toy, kind of drawn me in.... &#59;D


  03:47:53 pm, by The Dreamer   , 485 words  
Categories: Software, Wireless/iPhone, PDA

Blackberry "Switch Device Wizard" is flawed

I think I have my Blackberry 8703e working again after it got all messed up from trying the "Switch Device Wizard" of the 4.2 Desktop Manager.

The wizard sucks all the information off of my old Blackberry fine...but it doesn't wisely figure out what should and shouldn't get pushed onto my new Blackberry.

I was hoping to save my option preferences...though they changed all the names of the included sound files, so it was kind of limited usefulness. Though losing all my bookmarks is kind of a pain.

It did figure out that the 3rdparty apps on my 7100t weren't compatible for the 8703e, and refused to put these on.

But, it blinding replaced other important things in my service books. Ignoring that my old device is T-Mobile and my new device is Sprint. So T-Mobile service books probably won't work on Sprint's network....

Basically, I resorted to invoking the security option to wipe my blackberry, and cross my fingers that Sprint will OTA put it all back right.

The only thing I can't remember...was there ever a PHONE application on the blackberry? There isn't one now...and it just seems strange. Now it does have the annoying default where pressing keys from home can dial calls. But, it is the first thing I turned off after the reset...and now I'm trying to figure out what key will get me back....

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  10:41:38 am, by The Dreamer   , 23 words  
Categories: General, Stuff

Chinese cookbot arrives, you are now obsolete


Now I can have chinese food at home?

Though I've been meaning to check out getting it delivered using


  09:05:27 pm, by The Dreamer   , 114 words  
Categories: Stuff, Wireless/iPhone

DVD Rewinder


It's least I think it is....I'm too tired to open the box and look at it tonight....:yawn:

Plus its intended as a gift....

Meanwhile....I'm taking a chance and upgrading my Blackberry Desktop Manager to version 4.2, with the intent to later try out the "Switch Device Wizard".

Though it doesn't seem happy....perhaps because there is no corresponding 4.2 verison on my handheld...and I don't think such a version exists yet. According to Sprint my device is current (and its a lower number than my T-Mobile device, though the Desktop Manager was already newer than it).

Plus preliminary doesn't appear that Oracle Calendar will sync with my Blackberry....


  10:18:27 pm, by The Dreamer   , 321 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone

Sprint Blackberry 8703e - 2

It is here....

But, I'm tired.... :yawn: So, I don't know how much play I'll get in....

Hmmm, Sprint messed up my order :..(

I ordered it with the 29.99 Fair & Flexible and the 39.99 unlimited Blackberry Data Pack. And, the online special offer was for free shipping and no activation. Also the online sales person talked me into placing the order that day, rather than shop offering an additional $50 invoice credit.

Well, the bill that came with my phone....charges for 1 day plus a month of Fair & Flexible. No Blackberry services. I got the free shipping (though it took considerably more than the 4 business days...from October 1st) to actually get it. They didn't email that the order had shipped until Octoer 6th...and then said it would be up to 4 business days from that point for me to receive it. The charges were for October 6th, and the billing cycle of October 7th to November 6th.

The other oddity....the order completion and the enclosed invoice both said my phone was activated and locked....and gave different unlock codes. But, the phone wasn't locked.

I decided to call *2 and try to ask about the issues.... :yawn:

Well, the person explained that it'll be 1 or 2 additional billing cycles before I'll get the 'credit' of no activation fee for ordering online :**: And, she couldn't find any record of my having orded Blackberry service for my Blackberry. :??: But, she added it....though I see no sign of it on my phone yet.

The main thing is that I want to see if I can get an Email set up.....though I'll probably defer all the other customization activity to the weekend.

The only good thing so far, is that they did get me a local number. So, as soon as all my data and preferences are migrated from my T-Mobile Blackberry....I'm going to cancel that.

Meanwhile....time to sleep. :zz:


  12:56:19 pm, by The Dreamer   , 157 words  
Categories: General

Spammers and Telemarketters....

...are getting more annoying....

For months I'd get these spam messages that alledged I visited their website and requested the information that I'm getting....but you could tell from the incorrect information contained (and the bogus IP) that it was still spam.

Though I guess I didn't realize that it was bot spam....they could be legit sites, but somebody is filling out their forms with my information to get them to send me spam.

Now some of these websites claim that they are calling me, because I filled out a form on their website asking them to harrass me. :##

They are complaining that they have resorted to calling me, because the address and email address that I alledgely provided to request information is incorrect.

I sure hope the FTC and its DoNotCall list will accept the complaint and make these dumb companies wise up that being a victim doesn't give them the right to victimize me. :>

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