September 23, 2011


Router is playing funny buggers, attempts to fix have failed.  Continuing to flail about, frown and flounder ... in search of minor technological miracle (such as: spontaneous resolution, no further time, effort on money on my part).

Meanwhile, expect to hear nothing* (or precious little) from me - until connections are restored - and you will not be disappointed. 

* Participants with greater expectations may be subject to bouts of the sulks or negative self-talk about their online desirability, for which the owner will not be held responsible; no compensation or substitute product will be offered.


  1. Jacob8:30 AM

    Is your device an integrated modem/router, or do you have a adsl modem going into a router?

    Most devices have embedded web interfaces, so you can access the modem and/or router by pointing your browser at the device's ip address and troubleshoot from there.

    But maybe you already know all this.

  2. FINALLY back online Jacob - have had internet down since Weds. Spent hours trying to reconfigure router and such, finally resorted to buying new one last night, spent most of the night trying to get that to work, then started again this morning, finally got a patient and persistent guy on ISP helpdesk, kept working through everything until got all the settings right - took nearly an hour on the phone this morning.

    Also nearly killed my computer during the battle with technology; by accident, not deliberately! Was rebooting so many times last night, the button thing got stuck inside, so PC was dead! Couldn't turn it on.

    My subsequent total meltdown lasted for about an hour: no router working (old or new), no PC!!! Pulled myself together, unplugged everything on the box, tried to get the cover off - couldn't, hopeless, was stuck tight, no way to pull it off. Finally turned it upside down and saw there was an open part all along the edge, where the button was pushed into .... had been trying to eek it out from the front; just needed to push it back into position with some nail scissors ... plugged everything back in, and phew, had not broken the button, on/off was still working.

    Has been disastrous few days and reduced me to a blithering wreck. At least fixed now.

    All is right with the world.

    (Bless my Blackberry ... at times like this.)

  3. Jacob8:24 PM

    Yes, computers can be liberating and crucifying in turn. Glad you've managed to sort it.

    I have an episodic problem with my adsl modem resetting the ppp. It'll be right as rain for days and then it goes through kniptions where I have to go into the web interface to re-enter the ppp info, sometimes several times within a short space. Then it's right as rain again for a long stretch.

    Doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason that I can figure, but I'm beginning to suspect it's caused by my isp. I think it might be time to change BOTH, because these bastards want to charge me $50 in fees just to change my plan! Talk about gouging!!!

    Anyway hopefully you'll be set for a while.

  4. I dont know how you stumble along with a blackberry mum, iPhone for the win! LOL

  5. Anonymous12:17 PM

    Well I'll be soon trading my Nokia in for an iPhone Chazz. Good phone, but I make too many spelling mistakes texting 'cause the keypad is just too small.


    PS Hope you are keeping well now Chazz

  6. You're the one having a fruit; surely you recognise the excellence of a Blackberry (even if it doesn't have a million apps for download). One more year ... maybe an Android next time.

    Jacob - yes! I too am familiar with that $50 charge - sheesh. Want to upgrade your plan (even once out of contract), yeah, that will cost you ... what a cheek. The other charge that pisses me off mightily is the "credit card" processing fee. Mandatory to pay by card, for automatic monthly deduction, NO WAY to avoid their "processing fee": but it's not a credit card, it's a debit card ... sorry, we can't tell which ones are debit cards, so we treat them all like credit cards and charge the fee.

    With my troubles, I noticed that even Telstra can offer me a better deal nowadays - nearly $20 a month less. (Not that the router thing was the fault of the ISP, but they don't exactly offer "service", they're just subcontractors to Telstra, and collect money for a line of access. Money for jam.)

  7. Jacob8:04 PM

    Yeah, mine's a debit card too. When I renewed it a while ago I was late updating my 'credit' card details and they slugged me with a bounced 'credit' card fee. Soon they'll be charging a fee payment fee. I've had enough of these predators, so now it's only a matter of time until I choose the lesser evil among the competition.

    I like Android phones, but of course Android is a creature of google, so a huge mark against it. If you go Android, make sure it's 2.3 or better for the enhanced functionality.

    The Android nerds out there reckon iPhone is a kids' phone whereas Android is the smart phone for grown ups. Not sure about that, but I do know apple is as evil as google (the former's gouging of iphone software developers is a disgrace). Android at least IS open source and I think that model may give android an edge over iphone.

  8. Anonymous12:41 PM

    Jacob – it WAS becoming a toss-up between Facebook and Apple, as to which hovers ever closer to pure evil. Google, in my opinion, continued to flirt with evil, but had not yet become a full convert. That WOULD have been my earlier response, had I found time to respond.

    What a difference a couple of days make.

    This morning, trying to log into gmail (at work; have perm logoin at home), it was compulsory to enter my (or someone’s) birth date before I could get in. I tried working around the screen requesting this new info, but couldn’t seem to find any way to get into my mail without acquiescing to Google demands.

    This is how they framed the demand:

    ”When you use Google services, you can discover many kinds of information and choose to share it with the people you know. Where this type of sharing is common, such as on YouTube and orkut, we have asked users for their age for several years.

    In order to provide you with features like age-appropriate settings when using other Google services, we’re asking you to enter your date of birth below. We will not display this information or share it with other users, websites, or advertisers without your permission, and it will be treated in accordance with the Google Privacy Policy. “

    So they’re now the purveyors, the curators, of “age-appropriate” material? Really? How the fuck would they know what I want to see? No different to Google search results, which only ever show me what OTHER people looked at, not what I might find pertinent or interesting.

    Will I now see lots of ads for walking frames and botox?

    The path to evil is paved with spin.


  9. Anonymous2:28 PM

    ” The Android nerds out there reckon iPhone is a kids' phone …”

    That’s a more interesting throw away insult than you might have thought when you wrote it Justin.

    Instantly reminded me …. way, way, way back … almost to the beginning of time, when the Apple desktop computer was released to an instant cult following: I tried it; couldn’t use it properly or efficiently; it drove me a bit batty: it was designed for children aged around six, and really dumb adults of any age.

    The interesting thing is that your comment made me realise that Apple (or Steve Jobs, since they are one and the same) has only done one thing – EVER – and it has continued to do that one thing, over and over and over and over and over and over again.

    Simple stuff that requires point and click (doesn’t matter the device: mouse or finger – it’s still point and click); requires simple visual cues, easily understood by any idiot (not a bad feature/function, btw); and is boxy. Unlike Volvo, Apple has never been ashamed, nor strayed, from its boxy essence.


    Other than that little thought: iCaz doesn’t own anything that’s iJobs; I expect I will succumb one of these days (is there an alternative to an iPod???), but my conversion will be toe-dipping minimal, no more than absolutely essential.

    iCaz will never ever succumb to owning an entire suite of proprietary devices, for which I’m charged a massive premium, and then charged never-ending premiums for having succumbed in the first place. Not ever going to happen.


  10. geoffff7:01 PM

    What's a router?

  11. Like a wifi, but with cables and a box.

  12. Jacob9:19 PM

    "Like a wifi, but with cables and a box."

    Unless it's a wifi router. Or, is a router (per se) and a wifi router two different things? To me they are, generically, routers. But I could be thinking outside the boxy thingy.

    I agree, Caz, with your valiant resistance to proprietariness, but I fear our lonely stand may be doomed.

    I recall iHarry often spruiked all things apple, always with the obligatory disclaimer that he owned apple stock (he would!). His argument was quite reasonably that those boxy things just do what they're supposed to, without having to stuff around. As compelling as all that is, it doesn't alter the fact that apple is evil.

    Haven't yet struck google asking me for my birth date, but that might be because at some point a long time ago I might have given a 'dummy' date, in a fit of random subversiveness. What a tangled web we surf...

    Forgot to mention, as you mentioned telstra earlier, that I'd sign up with them tomorrow -- or yesterday -- if it weren't for their insistence on 24 (or whatever) month contracts. I've been bitten by telstra's proto-evil duplicity before, so I want the freedom to be able to walk when I want.

    That kind of angling for a 'guaranteed' revenue stream speaks for a business model bereft of faith in the product, and doesn't give me any faith in them. Is it just Australia, or is the entire developed world as badly served by ISPs?

  13. Damn - I was hoping I'd fooled you with the wifi thing Geoffff. Hee hee.

    Telstra ... just do it! (Disclaimer: I worked there for nearly six years, not consumer side.)

    What do you think will happen in 24 mths that is so dramatic, with technology (buy at the right time, not first release, as Jacob noted), or with your mobile needs? Really, I used to think the same, ditto for signing up with an ISP, but two years passes quickly, and quite frankly - I have no interest in having to worry about transferring data to a new device more often than every couple of years.

    Although, when I got the Blackberry, the nice Telstra lad did it all for me, even had my device coordinated with my Google account - I walked out of the store and didn't have to do a single thing. (My number was ported while we filled in the contract online.)

    Google - no, this was a WHOLE new ball game Geoffff; I'm sure I put in a date during gmail beta testing, eons ago. A new screen popped up instead of my account, with the text as quoted, trying to convince me of the wonders that will befall me because of their newly evil ways.

    This is definitely new. It's a slippery slope.

    Next they'll be asking me if I'm really me.

  14. Jacob9:55 AM

    Hmm, so far on this thread I seem to've been mistook for at least two other people.

    Anyway, I've just looked in to my google a/c settings and there's no birth date there that I can see. Logged out and back in again, but no demand for more personal info. Maybe they'll come for me later.

    There's a link inviting me to "create a profile" -- er, no ta. No sane person is comforted by their blandishment that the info will "be treated in accordance with the Google Privacy Policy," which they can unilaterally change. It says somewhere that your info on their servers is their property. They have every right, of course, but they and Zuckerberg et al are getting just too cocky by half of late.

  15. Anonymous10:13 AM

    Sorry Jacob – entirely my fault, attributing your last comment to Geoffff. (Although not sure about a second mistaken identity, couldn’t find more than one.)

    To clarify the Gmail demand for a date of birth, so as to better serve me with targeted adverts and content: the screen appeared on work computer, and I do not have the little box for “remember me” or “stay logged in” ticked – I never do on a work computer.
    This might suggest that it’s not new, and I’ve never had the screen at home because I do have the little boxed ticked on my personal computer. However, I move around, A LOT, and while a few workplaces block access to personal email sites (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo), most of the time I do have access at work.
    During the last six years of wondering from workplace to workplace, I’ve never had this page come up (I’ve only been at this site for a few weeks), despite never ticking the little box.

    I believe this is definitely a new thing (but it could have been introduced earlier in the year, as I didn’t have gmail access from work during most of this year … could have been introduced any time in the last year).

    The other thing that comes to mind is that, surely being the same name / logon that I have used for nearly a decade, Google know who I am and have my data no matter the device I use or location or whether I tick the box for the computer to “remember me” when I logon?

    I’m guessing the forced date entry is situational, since I’ve never had it on home computer (although that might happen too, eventually; occasionally get new screens, but usually asking for mobile number or other ways in which to verify user when need password reset or such – or to confirm existing modes of contact).