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DSL Woes: Still woeing me down. Verizon is supposed to be here between 4 and 8 pm tomorrow, but the voice line is working flawlessly. I expect them to refuse to do anything. Meanwhile, the internal wiring is crap and it looks like I'll have to pay Covad to fix it. Or will they?

Question: Can splitters go bad?

Murder My Sweet
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Philip Marlow (Dick Powell) investigates the murder of a client he was hired to protect during a money for jewels exchange. He’s also searching for a thug’s missing heartthrob which brings him into contact with the arch villain (Otto Kruger) and the Grayle family.

A good film noir, but I don’t really agree with a lot of the Netflix reviews that this is one of the best of all time. Rififi is tough to beat. Still, it’s a good solid effort and Raymond Chandler’s dialog comes through loud and clear. Plenty of good plot twists and double crosses keep things interesting.

; would watch again

The Sands of Mars by Arthur C Clarke
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The introduction says that this is Clarke’s first novel, and it shows. Not necessarily in a bad way, but it was written in the 1940s and it spends an inordinate amount of time describing what space flight is like and how everyone else has got it wrong.

A small colony has been established on Mars, and Earth decides to send Martin Gibson, journalist and author, to experience it first hand in order to "keep the dream alive" for the general population now that the colony is getting very expensive to maintain. I find having an author as the hero of the book irritating as a plot device. Yes, you’re supposed to "write what you know" but really, find something else. I’m not interested in battles with your agent or literary critics or any other inside jokes. It just doesn’t work.

Still, once the book does start moving, about 2/3 of the way into it, it’s not a bad story. All this space travel description stuff has been done to death in both earlier books and contemporary movies. The plot involves life on Mars, but it’s not necessarily what you think. However, it does seem to be a sort of recurring theme in Clarke’s works, for example, with both 2001 and the Rama series.

Some of the book is quite dated in a strange way. All of the women in the book are secretaries or administrators of some kind. Even the cheesiest sci-fi movies of the period had women scientists, why not here as well? The author also did all of his writing on a typewriter with carbon paper. (He often complained how difficult it was to use thin carbon paper in a weightless environment.) This puzzles me as teletypes and recorders had been invented years and years earlier. Surely the man who foresaw communications satelites could have applied a little imagination in this area.

But it doesn’t detract materially from the story. It’s an okay read, good for a hot Saturday afternoon.

Much Obliged, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
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What can you say about Wooster & Jeeves? They’re all great, and this is one of the better ones. This time, Aunt Dahlia (the good one) is trying to help Harold "Ginger" Winship elected as the Conservative candidate in the Market Snodsbery bye election. To this end, she enlists the aide of Bertie and the faithful Jeeves.

Add into the mix Spode, now known as Lord Sidcup and his (on again, off again) betrothed Florence, the lovely Magnolia Glendennon, and the ever dangerous Madeline Bassett. The side plot of Aunt Dahlia trying to wrestle loads of cash from L.P. Runkle ("a 20 minute egg") by plying him with Anatole’s cooking also figures prominently. And let’s not even mention "The Book" from the Junior Ganymede Society.

Lots of fun.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

This is a collection of four Poe short stories: "The Murder in the Rue Morgue," "Ligeia," "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Mask of the Red Death."

This is one of those things that you’re "supposed" to read, but I’d never gotten around to it. I found these stories both interesting and a bit disappointing. The stories themselves are well crafted and well written, but they really aren’t as "deep" as I’d expected. What I read here, I would have expected to be a chapter or two in a larger book, not a whole story in and of itself.

For example, asside from a short introduction, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" was little more than the final reveal scene of a detective novel. However, since this was the first (and a locked room mystery to boot), it’s very clear that Sherlock Holmes came directly from the character of C. Auguste Dupin. In fact, where Holmes often says something like "Eliminate the impossible and whatever is left, however unlikely, is the result", Dupin says something like "one thing is less impossible than the others."

"Ligeia" is a tale of love, death and reincarnation. Not especially captivating.

"The Cask of Amontillado" was far shorter and involved far less than I thought. I must have been thinking of that series of films with Peter Lorre and Vincent Price.

"The Mask of the Red Death" was more a puzzlement than anything else.

Overall, a "necessary" read, but not a great one. Well, except for Rue Morgue, that was quite good, but didn’t seem like a whole story, if you know what I mean.

The Hunt for the Meteor by Jules Verne
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A morality play involving avarice and pride.

Two amateur astronomersm Forsyth and Hudelson, sight the same meteor within seconds of each other. The "actual" discoverer is of no real consequence until it’s discovered that the meteor is made of pure gold whereupon the two end their friendship and the marriage plans of their nephew and daughter in an argument over who actually "owns" the meteor. The fight comes to a fever pitch when a third scientist, Zephyrin Xirdal, gets invovled and invents a beam that actually brings the meteor down to earth so that the gold can be collected. Xirdal also claims the meteor as his own, as does every country on Earth.

This is an entirely delightful book. It’s hard to tell how much is the author and how much is the translator, but whichever it is, this is well written and moves and a nice pace. Thoroughly worth the read.

Billy Budd by Herman Melville
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This is another of those stories that I always meant to read but never did. So now I have.

Sometimes there are books that really deserve the reputation as "A Classic" and this is one of them. The story isn’t all that long, about 70 smallish print pages in the edition I had, but it’s jam packed with stuff. Good vs. evil, beauty vs. ugliess, duty vs. honor, justice vs. compassion, innocence vs. corruption, and on and on.

Certain chapters are written in an interesting way as well. This is an author talking to readers. Whereas most novels tell a story, as this one does, here Melville occasionally tells you he’s telling you a story, referring to himself in the first person and to the reader in the second. Several chapters also digress into a brief history lesson to set the context of the story (eg. the Nore Mutiny).

Volumes of criticism have been written about this book, and I’m not going to wade into that, but I do have to say that this is a fantastic book, well worth reading. It’s a bit difficult to get going as the language is quite high-brow and there is a lot of naval jargon thrown about, but it does get going quite quickly. But the digressions and difficulty of the language make me think twice about tackling anything longer, like Moby-Dick.

I've also watched some The Avengers 1965 (with Mrs. Peel). While some of the stories are good, some are tedious in the extreme. One from last night spent 35 minutes walking around an air force base looking confused. ZZzzz.

Also watching some of The Prisoner. Excellent, this withstands the test of time. I really like the total uncooperativeness of Number 6.

Went back to the library today to pick up some Danger Man DVDs, but they're all gone!

Watched Vol 1 of UFO. This is a strange one. It's a right down the center Gerry Anderson formula, so you know just what to expect. Well, not exactly. I thought there was a bit more action that there is. (But I am remembering from way back in high school.) I ended up FF through a bit of it. The character of Staker is far more one-dimensional than I remember. He might as well be a puppet. He'd emote far more in SuperMarionation. But the purple wigged head of Moonbase has had quite the career.

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I need to do an update too, with bike content by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 10:24:53 AM EST
if you call a pedaled powered four wheeled boardwalk contraption a bike.

I should get Billy Budd, as well as some classic Avengers. I never did figure out what kind of relationship Steed and Mrs. Peel really had.

The last episode by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 10:39:16 AM EST
Prisoner by ana (4.00 / 2) #2 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 10:27:45 AM EST
We kind of bogged down 3/4 of the way through the (only) season. Any one episode is really rather catching; the whole series is quite repetitive. Though if memory serves, it ends with a very satisfying bang.

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

The ending by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 10:38:40 AM EST
is very confusing.

I don't think anyone understands it.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

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The ending by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #5 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 10:41:02 AM EST
The ending is quite clear. I'll summarize: And then the writers and actors all took acid.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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Figures... by ana (4.00 / 1) #6 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 10:42:00 AM EST
That fits in with the rest of the series then. I wonder if there's commentary on the final DVD. Seems there was some on the first disk.

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

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Billy Bud by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 10:51:32 AM EST
I couldn't get through 3 pages of that. Frankly I thought Moby Dick was much more readable.

Actually Moby is a great book, once you grasp his writing style, which is challenging to say the least. And you have to deal with all the willy-nilly "whaling primers" that he throws at you, but it's really worth it in the end. 

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

I've read the unabridged Moby Dick several by georgeha (4.00 / 3) #9 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 11:00:14 AM EST
times, very useful stuff, as you never know when you might get shipwrecked in the Pacific and only have whales to survive on.

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My guess is by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #11 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 11:24:22 AM EST
it's the homoeroticism that put you off of Billy Budd.

It's a great book, though, and short. Try it again.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

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I've heard that about it by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #14 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 11:40:57 AM EST
But truthfully I don't think I even got to any of the homoeroticism stuff. I've tried twice to read it and both times I punted after a couple pages.

I'm in the midst of re-reading Cryptonomicon right now. Now there's a good book!

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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Crypto is a good book, and free of all that homo by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #15 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 11:45:00 AM EST
eroticim, too. I should drag out my copy again, and bask in the warm brotherly companionship of Shaftoe and his SAS buddies, fighting Krauts shoulder to shoulder, and Waterhouse buddying up with Doug Shaftoe, drinking booze and smoking cigarettes.

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Ah but you forget by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #18 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 12:10:20 PM EST
He has Turing and Rudy having anal intercourse before you get to page 100. Plus he hints that Amy Shaftoe has strong lesbian tendencies and whatnot, even though she turns out not to be one.

No sir, he does everything short of advocate gay marriage in an effort to sell his book to the alternative crowd.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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Poe by Driusan (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 11:00:05 AM EST
A lot of Poe's stuff is a lot more boring than you'd hope. I read a lot of his short stories a while back (and by "a lot" I mean the ones that were in the book of short stories that I picked up at a used bookstore one, which had probably 10-20 of them, a novella that I never finished, and a bunch of poetry) and the only one of those four stories I liked was The Murders in The Rue Morgue (but I haven't read Ligeia, and I can never like Amontillado since it was the one piece of Poe's work I was forced to read back in High School).

Still, he did have some other good stories. He's at his best while getting into the heads of madmen. The Black Cat is one of my favourite, underrated short stories, The Tell-Tale Heart was good, overrated work of his, and The Raven was a good, accuratedlyrated work, to name a few.

Vive le Montréal libre.

I think most of his things by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #12 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 11:28:16 AM EST
Jules Verne and E. A. Poe by Christopher Robin was Murdered (4.00 / 1) #10 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 11:04:09 AM EST
I just finished the short, but excellent The Purchase of the North Pole. As sort of spin-off of Verne's From Earth to the Moon. There were a couple of odd cross-cultural/translation quirks - letters from the American Minister of State, instead of Secretary of State, come to mind - but overall the book was a worthy read.

Which bring to mind a question. Once, somebody on this site suggested sci-fi's power as a genre was the manner in which it prepped us for the future. If this is true, how come sci-fi that has been "outdated" by the actual advance of science remains good literature?

Unrelated: Doyle has Holmes talk smack about Dupin in one of his stories, as if Dupin was a real detective and Holmes was disgusted at his irrational methodology. I don't remember which story it was.

I'm sorry Poe underwhelmed. Though the collection hits some popular faves, I think he's got better works that you would have enjoyed more. If you ever give Poe a second chance, his "William Wilson" was praised by Borges as the beginning of a true American literature and is worth the read. "The Black Cat" is another great one that often doesn't make it into many collections.

Poe by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #13 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 11:34:48 AM EST
I read this mainly for Rue Morgue since that was supposed to be the first detective novel(la).  The others were in the same book, so I read them.

I'm always a bit surprised at how much of a fan of the US Verne was. I don't know why I'm surprised at that, but I am. Several of his stories took place either in the US or with American characters (Mysterious Island among them).

I disagree with that Sci-fi premise. I don't think it preps us for the future any more than does any other genre. It's all about a good story well told. The Sci-fi angle sometimes allows exploration of tricky or sensitive story lines that can be presented in a more matter-of-fact way (interracial marriage, euthanasia, totalitarianism), but the story still has to be there.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

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Verne and Americans by Christopher Robin was Murdered (4.00 / 1) #16 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 11:49:01 AM EST
I wonder if it was simply the times. If you were going to write about inventors and new tech, America was lousy with technical innovation and risk-taking investors. Interestingly, Americans play the "bad guys" in book I read. The crux of The Purchase is the idea that Americans tend to put whether or not they can do something before whether or not they should do something.

If you're interested, I'm done with the book and would happily send it along. I got it for fifty cents at a lovely, but thoroughly disorganized, used book store in California. It has a great old-school cover with a portrait of Verne next to what appears to be the world blowing up.

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Bad guys by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #17 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 11:59:12 AM EST
They were sort of the bad guys here, too. But there were the American quirky oddballs.

I'll check to see if the BPL has it.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

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Let me know if you can't find it. by Christopher Robin was Murdered (4.00 / 1) #26 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 04:04:11 PM EST
The bookshelves at Casa de CRwM & May are filled to bursting and you'd be doing us the favor.

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SF by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #19 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 01:03:52 PM EST
At most, I think it preps people for the idea of the future. The genre is essentially based on tomorrow being different from the today.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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Yesterday is Different from Tomorrow? by Christopher Robin was Murdered (4.00 / 1) #22 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 01:11:05 PM EST
I can get behind that, but it doesn't seem to capture things like steampunk, deliberately outdated sci-fi.

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The genre's muddy by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #23 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 01:16:57 PM EST
And it gets muddier by the day. In general, though, the notion that the future will be different got stronger and stronger over the twentieth century, and SF was either a cause or a reflection of that, depending on how you feel the causation went.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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Different by ad hoc (4.00 / 3) #25 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 01:34:22 PM EST
Yes, the future will be technologically different, but Shakespeare's plays will still contain the ultimate truths.

So will Dilbert.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

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An interesting book on my shelf by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #24 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 01:32:55 PM EST
Yesterday's Tomorrows

It spends a good deal of time at the 1939 and 1964 Worlds Fairs.

Speaking of which:

Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

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A series of tubes by Vertical Frankenstein (4.00 / 1) #20 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 01:04:30 PM EST
DSL Woes: Still woeing me down.

I guess now would be a bad time to mention that Verizon is installing fiber internets in my neighborhood.  I mean, I don't want to be rude...

We'll never get that by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #21 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 01:10:33 PM EST
and I'm not sure I'd want it. Their TOS would be too restrictive.

They can't even keep a copper line working. I can imagine how they'd handle fiber.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

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DSL Woes by LinDze (4.00 / 3) #27 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 04:12:48 PM EST
Make sure theyre sending a DSL Tech and not a Telco line tech. The only thing a Telco Lineman will do is plug into the MPOE1 and "Yes, theres some DSL signal, its your problem" or "No, but i cant do anything youll have to schedule a different tech".

If you get a DSL Tech theyll have a big frequency analyzer with them. Theyll plug that into the MPoE and inside jack and will see a map of the DSL signal. With the analyzer they can see if there is a problem and get a good idea of what it is. The problem is that if the DSL tech does find the issue theyre (usually) not able to fix it, they have to dispatch a line tech to do the actual repair.

As a general rule you want to plug your DSL modem into the demarc2 and check for sync there. If you dont have sync at the demarc then its 100% a telco problem. If you have sync at the demarc then its an inside wiring issue. Since you have WirePro (or whatever they call it out there) all your inside wiring will be covered by the ILEC (verizon, I assume). IF its inside wiring you can have the telco install a splitter at the demarc and do a "home run" for the DSL. This splits out the DSL signal before it ever touches your premise and runs a pair thats dedicated to the DSL signal to wherever your modem needs to be.

When the tech is there have them show you the demarc/mpoe for future reference. Also verify DSL signal/sync at the demarc with both of you there.

IIRC you have a Speedstream 4100 modem. The DSL led will either be blinking red, no DSL signal, blinking green, DSL signal no sync/connection, or solid green, DSL signal + sync. Once you get some sort of DSL connection the modem has some handy stats for trouble shooting poor performance that i can show you.

Oh, yes, its possible for a splitter to go bad. Highly unlikely however. Also very easy to test. Just unplug everything from the phone line/number and plug the modem in directly. If you still have no DSL then its not the splitter causing it. Basically same test as plugging in to the demarc, but with inside wiring involved.

1Main Point of Entry. (pronounced em-poe) Probably a grey box labled Telephone Network Access.
2 Demarcation. (de-mark) The point that seperates outside (telco) from inside (yours) wiring. Usually inside the grey MPOE box, labeled Test Jack.

-Lin Dze
Arbeit Macht Frei

Replii by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #30 Tue Aug 08, 2006 at 04:38:14 AM EST
Most of those things have been done. Several times.

The sent a new modem (just to remove that as a possiblity): no difference.

At my ISP's direction, I plugged the modem into the NID (what you call "MPOE") and the DSL signal was three times stronger than at the jack.
At the jack: 12 dB down/ 7.0 dB upstream
At the NID: 36 dB down/ 10.0 dB upstream

There is sync at the NID. There is sync at the jack, but the problem is intermittent and I can have a good signal for minutes or even hours and sometimes even days (it didn't drop once yesterday, for eg). But then it starts dropping and has to reacquire, sometimes as often as every minute or two.

I have an "internal wiring maintenance plan" so Verizon is also responsible for internal wiring maintenance, their responsiblity does not stop at the NID. However, I'm finding out that that "plan" only applies to voice wiring, not DSL wiring (even though they're often the same thing).

Covad (my ISP's wholesaler) is not party to the maintenance plan, so if they have to be called out, and the problem is in my wiring (which it is) I am billed for the call.

I have a splitter at the NID already. (I was a very early adopter of DSL before those line filter things were available). It splits the network red/green into red/green voice and black/yellow data. The black/yellow is now dedicated to DSL data throughout the house. There's only one jack in the house hooked to the black/yellow pair.

I now have four modems. A very old, worn out BellAtlantic branded Westell, a very old but unused Alcatel (1000?), a two year old Broadxent and a brand new Broadxent. The old and new Broadxent are similar, but not exactly the same. The older one has Power, DSL, LAN and Diag lights, the new one has Power, DSL, LAN and Internet lights. The "Internet" never comes on, so I assume it's the same as the old "Diag".

Who knows. It's all so frustrating.

Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

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Wow, that sucks. by LinDze (4.00 / 1) #32 Tue Aug 08, 2006 at 02:28:23 PM EST
Youre probably screwed on this one then. Youve done almost everything you can on your end, and the tech will (most likely) have to be there while theres an ongoing issue, which probably wont happen.

About the only other suggestion I have is that having the DSL split into all your black/yellow pair can cause problems. You may have lots of ungrounded wire running around the house. This can cause a couple of problems, electrically it looks like a bridge tap, youll get signal echos, and it acts like a giant antenna to pick up interference1. You might have better luck if there was just one pair running straight from the splitter to the modem. IF thats not possible see if you can have all the unused black/yellow pairs disconnected.

1In my fathers old victorian you could hear an AM station through the hand sets.

-Lin Dze
Arbeit Macht Frei

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Today was another long story by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #33 Tue Aug 08, 2006 at 05:21:52 PM EST
cut short: Verizon came, replaced the splitter and removed teh half-ringer from the NID and made things worse than ever before. I went to double check his work and found a short in the splitter. Fixed that, and we're back to exactly where we started: utter crap.

Full speed sometimes, less than half speed other times, full dropped sync fairly often. The latest numbers from Speakeasy:

Here is the scan. You can see there are still tons of errors and the training starts are where the modem has to retrain after losing the connection altogether: The current scan is the stats to the left of the paranthesis.

Upstream Cells Received from CPE: 74894 ( 309870470 )
Upstream % utilization: 2.4291666%
Downstream Cells Transmitted to CPE: 272521 ( 2620991921 )
Downstream % utilization: 2.2911458%
ATM HEC Errors: 464 ( 45462 )
Upstream Line Errors: 2131 ( 633089 )
Downstream Line Errors: 11579 ( 1778847 )
Training Starts: 5 ( 2050 )

End result: Covad will be visiting "shortly." The problem with that is that Covad is hugely understaffed in Boston and lead times are quite long. The $200 fee includes only 1/2 hour of work and no "extensive" wiring.

What that means remains to be seen. It may well involved getting a data electrician here to DO SOMETHING!
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

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Lame by LinDze (4.00 / 1) #34 Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 10:52:18 AM EST
Whats the covad guy going to do for you? If its inside wiring, and he cant do "extensive" wiring...

You might save yourself some grief and have a new dedicated pair run from the splitter to wherever the DSL modem is. If that dosnt fix the problem then youre in a world of hurt ($$$).

-Lin Dze
Arbeit Macht Frei

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That's up next by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #35 Wed Aug 09, 2006 at 02:29:54 PM EST
There's still an (outside) chance that it's an outside problem, but there's no way to determine that for certain without stress testing the line from the NID out and the NID in. That's what the Covad guy is going to do. By "extensive" wiring, I mean he can't really punch holes in things that don't belong to me (i.e. the common areas of the condo). If his equipment can "pinpiont" the problem in the wiring, and it can be spliced around, he can do that. The $199 service fee includes 1/2 hour of his time, so that's a bit of a limit in itself.

That said, I paced off some of the cellar and I can drop a brand new, clean line right to the splitter and it's a pretty straight shot (along the baseboard, around two doorways, and through one wall) to the office where the modem is. I just have to have the management company drill the hole because I only own from the studs inward and the hole would be in the common areas. (Besides, there are TONNES of wires down there, and if someone is going to drill, I don't want it to be me.) But the key here is that since I'm directly above the cellar, I don't have to fish the wire through multiple floors or through anyone else's apartment. The added benefit of that is that it would be a pure, single run, unspliced wire all the way from the splitter to the modem jack. There's no way that could fail[tm]. And it's simple enough that I can do that easily myself (apart from the hole).
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

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Lin Dze... by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #28 Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 09:45:22 PM EST
has most of the issues covered, but he's neglected one thing. The ratio of testosterone/epi-testosterone at the demarc should be less than 4:1, or you'll still have problems.

But I had a few beers on Friday. by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #31 Tue Aug 08, 2006 at 04:38:59 AM EST
Splitter by hulver (4.00 / 1) #29 Tue Aug 08, 2006 at 12:15:05 AM EST
The splitter is just for your phone signal, so you can unplug it (if it's a plug in one) and plug your DSL modem direct into the line.

The only effects of this will be a whine on your telephone line when you're using the phone.
Cheese is not a hat. - clock

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