Friday, January 31, 2014

My kingdom for DSL!

Well, it appeared that CenturyLink has totally dropped the ball on getting my DSL service set up.  When it came time for me to set up the modem and go through the activation on Monday night, the thing would not get a signal from the line.  So I got on with tech support, and after a few minutes of troubleshooting they determined a tech needed to be dispatched to investigate.  Since I worked nights Sunday through Wednesday, I asked for Thursday afternoon, where I figured I can still get some other activities done.

After waiting, and waiting...and 1700 came and went, I called the folks back.  And according to the guy with CenturyLink, there was no indication I even called in to report a problem...WTF!?

So now have to hang around home again all day today to wait on the guy.  Oh well, it will allow me to get essential housekeeping done and a start on laundry.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Settling in

Well, after a week of somewhat hectic activity, I have pretty much settled in to my new apartment.

The good news was that getting DirecTV service moved was a no-brainer.  Each apartment has coax lines home-run to a demarc box on each building, where there is also a separate demarc box for Cox and satellite.  Unfortunately, there was only one line running into my apartment, so it wound up being used for the satellite.  I decided to go with Century Link for my Internet service, which is actually a little cheaper than Cox's service (even with the modem rental it is still almost $20 a month cheaper).  The hardest part now is waiting for them to turn the service on on Monday night.  In the meantime, I am using the tethering feature on my smartphone to get Internet.

One nice thing about this place is that it's all vinyl flooring.  So all I need is a broom and a Swifter floor sweeper and I am GTG.

The biggest pain so far is going through all my financial and other contacts to update my address information.  Hopefully I can get all that done pretty soon.

Not much else for now, back later with updates.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Moving day is approaching

Due to some unforeseen circumstances which have recently occurred within my family, I had to take it upon myself to find a new place to call home.

I have found a nice little apartment on the south end of town (way south!) but it is slightly closer to my work and is in a decent neighborhood.  The amenities are great and the surroundings appear to be less of a free-fire, Baghdad-esque atmosphere which I have had to endure of late.

The only fly in the ointment would be having to choose between having Internet service or DirecTV, as I am not sure if they have it wired for both.  Although the building has a dish on the roof and it appears to be running into a SWM-16 or SWM-32 multi-switch to serve the units, I won't know until move-in whether or not it has both types going into my unit or if I have to choose.

Right now I have decided that Internet access should be paramount, and if I manage to keep my TV as well it will be icing on the cake.

Once I get situated I will post updates and let you all know the outcome.  Until then, stay safe, keep your powder dry, and keep living life to the fullest.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Official Time from NIST.gov