Saturday, December 27, 2008

I'm Back!

Oh, boy, there is so much I want to write about. I'll get some of it out now and save the best for later after I get a chance to compose myself.

First, my computer crashed and burned after 6.5 years of good service. Well, merry early Christmas to me. I found a laptop I wanted while cruising the interwebs at work that day and bought it that night and picked up in the store on my way to the inlaws on Wednesday. I think I got a good deal. Not too excited about vista... but I can live with it. Very excited to finally have my own laptop.

On the downside I apparently haven't backed up my hard drive since grad school, so I will need to perform a HDDectomy to salvage it, or pay somebody to do it for me.

So, I had a shiny new toy and I already knew the internet connection would be a challenge at the inlaws... they use dial up and don't have a dedicated internet line. I thought it would be ok, I would do ICLW at night when it wouldn't interrupt phone calls and I could wait a little while for things to load, after all I was just going to read blogs... nothing too bandwidth intense.

I severely underestimated my inlaws' dial up. RIDICULOUSLY slow. Yes, we all know dial up is slow, but this was just wrong. No one since 1987 has experienced internet this slow. We tried everything to get it faster. Finally, today before we we're leaving my husband figured it out. My inlaws have a electric fence (they raise sheep) and (incase you're not familiar with electric livestock fences) it pulses and you can always hear a click on the phone line when you talk to someone that we had always suspected had to do with the fence... so my husband finally put it together with the slow internet, we turned off the fence (the sheep didn't get out) and behold, normal dial up speeds. My MIL was so grateful because she works from home and has to check her email and it's nearly impossible.

Later, before we left my husbands best friend stopped by with his 3 month old baby girl (that I got to hold and feed for the longest time) and he'd had the same problem with his fence and internet and just gave up and gets on at work (he's self employed, so no worries about the boss getting pissed). I wish he would have stopped by Wednesday night and had that conversation.

But now I'm home and connected to our wifi (it's finally getting some use). More later... must take care of business now... there is a large box sitting under the Christmas tree still and I believe it has a sewing machine in it for me.


Celia said...


What are you doing going off into the wide world and having a life?

♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys said...

Oh I hate slow dial up when visiting and I have to get online.
Glad you worked it out.
Yay for a new lap top too hope the saving info goes well.

I hope you have a wonderful new year and may your dreams come true... and you can sew some baby things too.

Here from ICLW...No. 88
My Little Drummer Boys

Sam said...

Congrats on the new computer! Sorry about the demise of your old one, though.

As for Vista.... I hate it, too.



Anonymous said...

I don't parents may compete for slowest internet dial up service. They don't want "pay that much for the internet" Ugh.

Welcome home!


Celia said...

DUDE, that is right, I forgot you were an engineer. He got a double degree in computer and electrical engineering. He loved The Quest For Absolute Zero. Me, not so much. However, that one scientists hair was Rockin with the pouf in front and then bald in a semi circle and then more perimeter hair.

Mr. does not work in engineering, but my house is covered in engineer debris. Computer parts, models, puzzles, engineering textbooks he refuses to throw out, suduko.

Have you seen the website where you can order binary themed gifts?

Almost all his friends are engineers too.