From December 13, 1902, an un-subtle suggestion for a Christmas present:
After an abundance of waiting, and legally mooching WiFi off by neighbors, the cable company here has connected service to my new apartment. I have a wire line high speed Internet connection! This is the last of the utilities I needed hooked up.
On a side note, I have completely vacated my old apartment now.
Sadly my productivity on side projects that I had been working on is likely to decline now. I am still hopeful I can finish a big one for a friend before I completely lose interest.
For now, I have to go and tell my neighbor to change their WiFi password to something new, since I am done using it.
For most people who have fast (broadband) connexions to the Internet, and have called their ISP’s tech support, that line is quite ubiquitous. However, I have to report that doing it actually solved something for me!
A popular reminiscence going around the image blogging platform Tumboleer about overhead projectors has reminded me of my favorites.
I live in the United States. From what I gather, blood and blood product donations are mostly run by the Red Cross (ARC) here. There are, however, smaller local blood banks that do their own donations and drives. I went to one today to give plate-lets.
Something that may not be new to anyone, but I noticed repeatedly enough I was able to blog about it.
I have three PCs currently and they all make my mind think differently (none of them are Macintoshes, sorry), like a chameleon my mind adapts to each. Here’s how:
Apple Computer, back in the Apple ii days, made an add-in card tituled, “Super Serial Card”. I found a box that one came in and scanned the cover to display this awesome commercial art from the 70s/80s:
What can we see here? Well, other than the fun old days of Apple Computer, before they turned all stiff and shiny, we have:
- Someone in a biology lab plotting two series of data
- Some music in front of what looks like the Moon
- Some chess pieces
- Programming in BASIC
- A safe dial (Did Apple computers control ATMs or something?)
- Bob Ross balancing his checkbook
- Three students (one of whom is very bored) playing a math game with a portable TV
As an aside, while Apples of this vintage could come with monitors, most of the time they were hooked to TVs (note the dials on #1’s display).
The math game #7 shows is off: The first problem has a double digit addend and a single digit addend and somehow comes up with with a… single digit answer.
Finally, they (Apple) somehow managed to get their FCC ID to actually say “SUPERSER”! I have no idea if that was a special dispensation, or if somehow they were able to request that, or what. Usually they are just randomized digits.
I have an old rotary dial telephone sitting on top of my PC. Not only does it ring REALLY LOUDLY (because I set it that way) and makes me anxious, I can tell when someone else is on the line!
For example, someone starts dialing a number on another extension, I can hear the clapper in mine click out the numbers. This requires the other extension to also be a dial phone. Also, when someone picks up other extensions (dial or touch tone) I can hear this one go “click!”
If I wanted to I could offencively spy on everything going on around here. (:<