January 30th, 2008

lego me

My IT Infrastructure Claws its Way Into the 21st Century

Mussolini, the cuddlier fascist

After the Verizon Fiasco (FCC complaint acknowledged and in-process!), I expected the worst with Comcast. On first contact, I experienced outright hostility from the support team when asking about their (undocumented, malevolent) bandwidth cap and traffic shaping policies. They get abusive when deflecting questions about these topics, which is why I tried (and failed with) Verizon. Give Comcast credit here: signup took 15 minutes, the service visit had only a 3 hour window, the tech needed only 30 minutes to make bits successfully flow. These are the choices you get with monopoly service providers: (1) evil but capable, (2) permissive but incompetent*. In the end, I went with the fascists who make the trains run on time.

Nomenclature help needed: Now that I have my very own wireless access point, it's time to come up with a proper name for my house. So far, all of my best ideas have been astronomy/science related or railroad terms. But I'm not entirely satisfied with any of them. Ideas? (Especially since equinox is already taken by E&E. bitches.)

For sale: I have sat out so many product cycles that I'm upgrading from a what was once a top-of-the-line pro-level desktop tower to a base-level integrated consumer box. The old machine is still plenty powerful for my needs, but there's a reason I named it "el windtunnel". If you'd like a capable but loud dual-processor G4 tower, I'll sell it to you for a discount under my craigslist offer.

* PS: Usually, I believe that one should not attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence. In this case, I still hold out the possibility that Verizon intentionally refuses to install dry-loop connections. So they're not completely off the hook for "evil".