Thursday, August 25, 2005

A National Treasure in Distress

Lack of proper funding, not sure who is to blame, is causing the Smithsonian Institute museums and galleries to fall into disrepair.

NY TIMES -> The Smithsonian Newest Exhibits: Water Stains

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

New Christian Values: If you Don't like them Kill them!

Seems our old buddy Pat Robertson has put his foot in his mouth again.

On a Monday broadcast of his "700 Club" program Robertson called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Reference: U.S. evangelist calls for assassination of Chavez

All because Venezuela could become "the launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism." That would certainly interfere with his lock on Christian extremism and capitalism.

What would Jesus say???? Oh.... Maybe:

"If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic" (Luke 6:29)

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Project Gutenberg

One of my latest cool internet discoveries Project Gutenberg an online collection of books available for download.

Most are classics which have come off copyright, there are some which are posted with the copyright holders permission.

A quick glance reveals such works as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Albert Einstein Theory of Relativity, The Koran, William Shakespeare's Macbeth.

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Intelligent Design at the White House

I think we could settle the debate of evolution vs. Intelligent design by looking at the current occupants of the White House .... Why would anyone with intelligence place such a non-intellect in the worlds most powerful office???? G.W. Himself should be the poster child for evolution!

Here is a transcript of an interview with reporters on the subject:

The article also tells how the presidents science advisor tried to do some damage control.

So does G.W. believe what he's saying or is he just saying things that will make his bible thumping friends happy .... and how bright are they if they're just drinking up the kool-aid!!!

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Monday, August 08, 2005

No shortage of AT&T bashing this week ....

Revealing play-by-play of a giant's collapse
Boston Globe - United States
Maybe this is a sign there getting close to closing the deal with SBC ???? 

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More Chronicles on the fall of AT&T ....

In USA Today 8/8/2005
 Book charts AT&T's long, slippery slope 
Seems AT&T was lucky to have John Walter considered as CEO, despite his lack of intellectual capacity (he was so dumb he walked off with several million dollars for one years work) they could have had Kenneth Lay of Enron fame as CEO.

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Peace and Understanding

I believe the path to global peace is through knowledge and understanding. Here is a link to a progressive Muslim website:

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Friday, August 05, 2005

Problem getting a hold of me???? I doubt it!!!

I was working at home today and this image just caught my eye and seemed so surreal. This is how I saw it I did nothing to set this up.

A laptop with broadband internet access including email and TWO Instant messaging clients, Cordless phone for my home office line, pager so operations can find me, cell phone so every one else can find me. My "real" office phone forwards to my email. My home office line forwards to my cell phone on busy and ring-no-answer.

Who me, stress???? Naaaaaa

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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Have I mentioned I hate COMCAST recently????

Two lightning strikes in the month of July took out my internet service.
First one COMCAST repair crew was out on the pole within a day .... took
them the better part of an afternoon with one guy in the bucket and the
other driving the truck trying to find the problem. They eventually replaced
a splitter a few poles down. My cable modem came back up, but being the geek
that I am I know how to look at the signal levels on the modem and saw the
UPLINK power was higher than normal. Not much I could do .... can you
imagine how that call to customer support would go:

"yes, Hi, my cable modem uplink signal strength is higher than normal can
you send someone out to check on it .... why, yes my modem is working ....
why am I calling? ... well I though you could do something proactive to fix
this before it becomes a real problem ..... Hello??? ... Hello ???? are you
still there???"

The last strike on July 27th took out the PHONE and the INTERNET. The first
time in the nine years we've been living in the house that we've had any
phone problem. Sprint was out the next morning to fix the problem. Comcast
said they would be out on August 2nd!!! Are you kidding me I have to wait
seven days to get this fixed. Several calls to customer service over the
next WEEK to try to improve this date failed. I had to dig a telephone modem
out of the junk box and hook that up so we could at least do banking. It's
amazing how dependant we've become on this stuff.

So there it is morning of August 2nd and the first COMCAST tech shows up
around 10 or so. First thing he wants to do is come in the house. I mention
this because the other DOZEN or so times I've had a problem they've always
checked the signal from the outside first .... but be that as it may I show
him in to the "Telco closet" where his first statement was "Dam, that's an
old modem. You need a new one." Granted it is OLD but he hasn't checked
anything yet. I'm just philosophically opposed to fixing something that's
not broken ... you never know what you going to screw up in the process.
Fine, he goes out to the truck, brings in a new modem, and hooks it up ...
to find out it still doesn't work. DUH!! Now he hooks up the test instrument
to find out he can't get an uplink. Double DUH!! The uplink light was
flashing on the old modem!!!

At this point the technician has determined the problem is outside, like it
has been the other DOZEN times I've had a problem. We walk out to the truck
parked by the pole, he takes off the ladder and decides the splitter on the
pole is too high for him to reach. I said "you're kidding" .. you see the
other DOZEN times I've had a tech out they've had no problem getting to the
splitter with a ladder .... what-ever. He said he would need to have a line
engineer come out with a bucket truck .... didn't surprise me ... they've
needed to do that before also ... problem is usually the amplifier about 500
feet down the street. So I went back in the house and waited some more.

So, at about 1:30, line engineer shows up, I spot him out by the pole
working. He says he needed to replace an amp at the other end of the street.
Odd, I didn't think the signal came in that direction but what do I know. We
check the signal inside at the modem .. still no go .... after a little more
trial and error at the pole he removed the signal trap (I only have cable
internet not TV, can you blame me) and changed the port. Wonderful! We now
have uplink and a pretty decent level! Short story here, had the earlier
tech got up on the ladder and checked this he would have seen the blown trap
and port and this all would have been done at 10:30 AM.

We still have one more problem. It appears Mr. Tech from this morning forgot
to call in the new modem he left so it wasn't provisioned on the account. It
took us about another hour and another COMCAST tech (number three if you've
lost count) to get that straightened out.

At 4PM we were back online.

#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 8:54 AM


Sounds like all cable companies are pretty much the same!

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this is a test

Testing mobile access to my blog!

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