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Oh no. - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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skywhisperer
skywhisperer
Oh no.
They can't hook up my DSL service until 10-14 DAYS after my phone is moved. This is going to really, really suck.

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skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 18th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
*laugh* I read that as "cantina". And I have this picture of Mexican girls in grass skirts dancing as geeks with laptops surfed the web.

I do have a new laptop with wireless that the company just bought me. I could always go sit at the tapioca ball place in the evenings....
acelightning From: acelightning Date: April 18th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
here's the store locator for Panera Bread's free WiFi-enabled locations. the food is good, too.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 18th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I heart Panera. But none of them are within 15 miles of me. I consider this a good thing, or I'd live on nothing but their bread. And bagels. And soup. And little tiny pineapple-upside-down cakes.

There are a few free-wireless places nearby. The big problem is that my server backs up to the home server every night, and it's not going to be able to. I might try to park the backup server at a friend's place, but so far I haven't found a local friend with a static IP.

alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: April 18th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
You don't really need a static IP - just use a dyndns service. So long as you can find the server via a DNS entry, you're all set.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: April 19th, 2006 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
i discovered that Panera's sandwiches are cheaper than the equivalent sandwiches at Qwik-Chek, while being made of much better quality components (beginning, of course, with the bread), and coming with a small bag of chips, which would be extra at the convenience store. and then there's the chocolate croissants, and the coffee and tea variations, and the really cool jazz background music, and the free WiFi...
but i digress.

dunno what to tell you about the server. um, back stuff up to CD/DVD/tape/whatever until you get your DSL back?

oh, and make DAMN sure you actually will get DSL at your new location. when i moved, about a year and a half ago, Verizon told me "oh, sure, go ahead and put in a request for DSL at the new location - we'll take care of it along with all the other changes. meanwhile, we have to cancel your DSL account at the old location when you leave. the new DSL will be up on [such-and-such a date]." come that date, and no DSL. i called Verizon, and they told me, "well, anyone can request DSL service, but we can't tell you that you're going to actually get it until we test the lines. you can't get it where you are. we emailed you about that two weeks ago." yeah... they emailed the information to the account they had already canceled!!!

so be sure you know what your DSL provider is actually doing.

kathygnome From: kathygnome Date: April 18th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Postpone moving.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 18th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It won't help. As soon as I move the phone line, they disconnect the old DSL. So I get to choose between moving the phone line early and having 2 weeks at the old place with no DSL, or moving it the day I actually move, and having 2 weeks at the new place with no DSL.

The latter is slightly preferable, because I'll at least have unpacking to do (and I still have some minor painting/electrial stuff to do) at the new place. But either one sucks.
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: April 18th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Free wireless?

Since you live in an urban area, there must be a few open wireless access points you can leech off for a couple of weeks :-)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 18th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Free wireless?

I'm hoping. But the neighborhood is mostly retirees. I'm suspecting I'm going to be the only wireless around, and I'm going to have to secure the heck out of it. My apartment complex has 11 wireless networks, 3 of which are totally unsecured, so I never worried about more then trivial security - there's no reason to, as long as there's a less secure network around. But if I'm the only one, I suspect that this summer I'll have to fend off grandchildren who come to visit with laptops.

It'll be fun. :)
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