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26 February 2007 @ 06:33 pm
on borrowed time and borrowing a machine  


After an outage this morning, my wireless never came up. Called Comcast (twice), tested with them, they're sending a tech out tomorrow. Now, mind you, they haven't even fixed the pre-existing condition (which I believe to be a poor line strength issue, would explain why it hits my wireless-connected machine before it hits M.'s directly-connected machine.) Freakin' Comcast.

I'm seriously pondering whether or not Verizon internet could really be any worse. Anyone have any firsthand experience?

So, yeah, little to no internet today, and little to no internet tomorrow morning. Maybe internet tomorrow evening, but then it's the time of bebe, so, yeah.

More me... eventually.

BONUS BEBE STORY: Her new habit while we drive is spelling out any sign she can read. So, we're passing the Chevy Chase bank on the way to school this morning, and halfway through her spelling something out, traffic starts moving again. She said "C-H-E-V-" and then we move, and she makes some babbling noise (D. and C., very much like the one Christina is famous for.) I snicker and ask what that was. She replies, and I am not making this up, "I downloaded it."
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Race Dowlingeracerhead on February 27th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
I'm seriously pondering whether or not Verizon internet could really be any worse. Anyone have any firsthand experience?

Yes. It's worse.
Jackbizarrojack on February 27th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
Is your experience with DSL? The FIOS has been rock solid, fast, and the rare experience with customer service has been adequate.

DSL in general has always seemed like a crap-shoot. It either works perfectly from the beginning or it always has problems.
Race Dowlingeracerhead on February 28th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
DSL. I have no experience with fiber. My problems though were more with the billing and customer service.
maia: Oh Snap!maroonmd on February 27th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
Cool! Remind me to ask her where her power down switch is. ;-)
MsCongenialitymscongeniality on February 27th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
Which flavor of Verizon? I lurve my FiOS, but don't know about their other options.
nazgulpseudotheist on February 27th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if Fiber to the apt. is available, I've heard good things.
Brianvwvortexer on February 27th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
I was considering switching to Verizon, since I've been having the same problems as you with Comcast, but everyone says it sucks, too. Now I'm thinking about heading back to Speakeasy, even if it is a little more money.
venkelosvenkelos on February 27th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
Currently a Verizon DSL subscriber, only because it was easier to get than cable 'net out here on the island. I've not had any problems with the DSL save for 1 incident in 2 years of having it (and corrected within a couple days). Its slower than the Comcast connection I had when living in Columbia (noted through noticeably more lag in Lineage 2), however it still is faster than dial-up.

In comparison, I had Comcast for about 3 or 4 years and I had at least one major problem per year, including the time squirrels chewed through the line coming into my home that affected only my net connection.

I'm not sure how the Verizon service out in your neck of the woods would behave, but its suited me just fine out here on the island.
t1tdavet1tdave on February 27th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
No Internet?!? But Paul... without you, I won't know when my stuff breaks.
maia: Oh Snap!maroonmd on February 27th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
LOL!
PMMJcheetahmaster on February 27th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Maybe we should just take the last couple days' worth of charges for my monitoring services off the monthly bill I pay for your internet service?
224215152: For Rent224215152 on February 27th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
I've had Verizon for eight-ish years and I've never really had any problems. /shrug
Barovanbarovan on February 27th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
I don't have Verizon but my mother does and she totally hates it. But I honestly think the issue is not hardware related.

What is the new thing they are advertising along with their new TV stuff? I forget which one is which but I think they are FIOS and VIOS. Is this a non DSL option from Verizon or just a prettier cover for the DSL.

As to Comcast, beyond dificulty with my initial set up of the Cable modem I have had no, zero problems with them at all.
224215152: Brilliant!224215152 on February 27th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
I have FiOS, it's Verizon's fiber optic offering. It's fantastic, I get 50 up and 5 down. Like the wind!
Strange Detractor: tunnelprofessorbooty on March 1st, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
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(which I believe to be a poor line strength issue, would explain why it hits my wireless-connected machine before it hits M.'s directly-connected machine.)

Maybe I'm missing something here, but how would poor signal strength to the cable modem adversely affect your wireless LAN connectivity more than M's wired LAN connection?