5:45 a.m.: We're having intermittent but persistent phone-line problems here at TOP World Headquarters—the line keeps going dead, causing a cascade of Internet outages. An AT&T technician is supposed to be arriving between 8:00 and noon.
And I might finally be getting close to relaxing the clenched tightwad muscle sufficiently to spring for cable Internet. We just signed up for AT&T UVerse a couple of months ago, providing a searing 5 mbps connection speed. Which is better than the .25–2.5 mbps we'd been limping along with before. But only if it works.
I might be able to get Ctein's column posted in between outages, but maybe not. I compose in the TypePad interface, and when the 'Net goes down, so does the interface...frequently taking bits of unsaved work with it. Combined with the hinky Bluetooth of my new (and soon to be old) wireless keyboard, which has regular seizures, it's like trying to work with hypermanic monkeys in the room. Who knows when I'll even be able to get this posted.
The meantime might find me actually doing something positively antediluvian: working on the computer offline! Wow. Take me back to the '80s and '90s.
—Mike, TOP Head of Housekeeping and
All-Purpose Radar O'Reilly
UPDATE 9:45 a.m.: Well, I have to give AT&T props for punctuality. They were out here by 9:00—two trucks, no less—and in 45 minutes had replaced all the phone lines in the house with new cabling. Everything seems fine again, but I'll keep my fingers crossed. Can't wait till the new keyboard gets here (note to self: never throw old keyboard away until you're sure the new one works).
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