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Tue, Nov. 3rd, 2009, 07:11 pm
A quote I liked

Not mine, but I thought it was a good quote:

This morning, I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US department of energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the national weather service of the national oceanographic and atmospheric administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the national aeronautics and space administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of US department of agriculture inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the food and drug administration.

At the appropriate time as regulated by the US congress and kept accurate by the national institute of standards and technology and the US naval observatory, I get into my national highway traffic safety administration approved automobile and set out to work on the roads build by the local, state, and federal departments of transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the environmental protection agency, using legal tender issued by the federal reserve bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the US postal service and drop the kids off at the public school. After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the department of labor and the occupational safety and health administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to my house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire marshal's inspection, and which has not been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local police department.

I then log on to the internet which was developed by the defense advanced research projects administration and post on freerepublic.com and fox news forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can't do anything right

Thu, Jun. 18th, 2009, 01:02 pm
Pulling eyeteeth

Paola(Thu Jun 18 2009 15:52:52 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

Thank you for contacting Time Warner Cable. At the end of our chat you will be given the option of taking a brief survey. My name is Paola G. How may I help you today?

June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:53:15 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

I was wondering what the difference was between Basic internet and Standard.

Paola(Thu Jun 18 2009 15:53:41 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

I am more than happy to assist with your request for the difference between Basic internet and Standard.

Paola(Thu Jun 18 2009 15:54:12 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

Road Runner Basic $31.95 /mo ----Road Runner Standard $46.95 /mo

June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:54:24 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>


June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:54:30 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

But what's the difference between them?

Paola(Thu Jun 18 2009 15:54:38 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

Please, give me a minute, while I research this information for you.

June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:54:45 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

I.e., what features do you get with standard that aren't in Basic.

Paola(Thu Jun 18 2009 15:55:22 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

The differences are on the speed. I am looking for the speed

Paola(Thu Jun 18 2009 15:55:48 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

Follow with me this: http://www.timewarnercable.com/SanDiego/learn/hso/roadrunner/speedpricing.html

June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:56:15 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

That doesn't tell me much.

June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:56:20 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

what's the actual bandwidth limit?

Paola(Thu Jun 18 2009 15:56:51 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

I am so sorry I do not what is bandwidth?

Paola(Thu Jun 18 2009 15:56:58 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

Could you help me?

June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:57:18 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

768 Kbps, 1.5Mbps, etc.

June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:57:27 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

It's a standard way of telling how fast the internet is.

Paola(Thu Jun 18 2009 15:57:26 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>


June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:57:31 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>


June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:57:34 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

How fast is it?

Paola(Thu Jun 18 2009 15:58:15 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

More than 6 times the speed of DSL claim is based on Road Runner Standard download speed of up to 10 Mbps versus AT&T’s Express DSL download speed of up to 1.5 Mbps. Dial-up speed comparisons are based on Road Runner Standard download speed of up to 10 Mbps versus a 56K modem’s download speed of up to 56 Kbps. Actual speeds may vary. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:58:22 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

That doesn't tell me anything.

June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:58:27 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

DSL has different speeds.

June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:58:32 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

How fast is it in numbers.

June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:58:35 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

Just give me the numbers.

Paola(Thu Jun 18 2009 15:58:36 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

Please, give me a minute, while I research this information for you.

Paola(Thu Jun 18 2009 15:58:47 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>


June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:59:14 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

The numbers for each package, please.

June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:59:20 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

I don't need to know the maximum for all packages.

Paola(Thu Jun 18 2009 15:59:33 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

ROAD RUNNER BASIC AND LITE Download Speed 1.5 Mbps

Paola(Thu Jun 18 2009 15:59:43 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

ROAD RUNNER STANDARD Download Speed 10 Mbps

June(Thu Jun 18 2009 12:59:49 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time))>

Thank you very much.

Mon, May. 11th, 2009, 08:53 pm

I was talking to someone about this this weekend and I couldn't remember the name for the life of me. Now I remember! This was an awesome magazine:


Mon, Jul. 2nd, 2007, 08:29 am
For Sarah

A gift!

Truly Madly DeeplyCollapse )

Thu, May. 24th, 2007, 04:27 pm
Something for the chicken

Flawed Symantec update cripples Chinese PCs


Didn't I say that Norton sucks? It sucks!

Thu, Aug. 17th, 2006, 09:26 pm
I have a bottle of dry cider

Imported Dry Blackthorn Fermented Cider.

On the nutrition label:
Serving Size: 1 Bottle (250ml)
Servings per container: 4

I have exactly one bottle. There is so much confusion.

Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006, 10:02 pm

We had a wee earthquake around 8:00PM


I am now watching the evening news (because it comes after So you Think you can Dance). The reporters sound so disappointed that no one was injured. Also, whenever we have a small earthquake the news crews always head directly to the grocery store to show the EXCITING FOOTAGE of a couple of cans falling off the shelves. It does make me feel pretty good about bolting my bookself into the wall this weekend, though.

AH! A MUNI TRAIN DERAILED THIS MORNING! It had nothing to do with the earthquake, so it's actually more worrying. I'm glad I don't take the Muni to work anymore. The Muni needs a major overhaul, it seems like repairs and delays happen every day.

And that's the news in San Francisco, thank you and goodnight.

Thu, Mar. 2nd, 2006, 07:49 pm
The mysteries of our age

I've been looking around for a cheap shitbox computer that I can use for a router since I'm going to have to return the one I've got when I move out of my apartment. There no particular reason for me to use a computer to do this rather than an actual router, but I wanted to play around with m0n0wall, so here we are. I went to Goodwill this weekend to drop off some clothes and spotted a Dell that looked in relatively good order (blazing Pentium II technology!) and picked it up. I've been screwing around with it a bit at work and I found something exciting. I expected that the system was probably hosed, but it had a fully working version of Windows 98! Apparently whoever had it before kept it in relatively good working order because the thing loaded with no problems. There was a login on his account, but due to '98s extremely stringent security mechanisms, I was able to bypass it by hitting cancel a bunch of times.

Here are the things I've learned about this mysterious previous owner:

He was Jewish (bookmarks to Yiddish dictionaries and links to Haaretz Daily NewsPaper and Israel News.)
He was a physician
He liked photography (there are a bunch of pictures on his computer. I'm tempted to snoop more, but I'll try to restrain myself.)
He was a senior citizen
He took good care of his computer.

I really hope this wasn't an estate sale item. From some of the stuff in there it looks like he graduated from medical school in 1950, which would mean that he was getting a bit older...

Edit: He also graduated from Harvard Medical School. It's weird to be gettins the computer from some guy who probably was way more accomplished than I.

Edit 2: Googled his name. He's still alive! Which means I should stop poking about in his files.

Sat, Dec. 31st, 2005, 01:34 pm

From now on, screw cap wine only. I've had enough of this shit. I'm not going to struggle with a cork for ten minutes just so I can cook my meal because the cork looks fancier than a screw cap. Fuck it. Screw cap wine tastes just as good.

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