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Oops, I Didn’t Mean To Use So Much…

Posted by BigWords on November 26, 2009

The recent kerfuckle regarding my web ‘n’ walk stick seems to have been a warning about my usage, as a nice message appeared on-screen rather than the ‘Add New Post’ screen. Turns out I have used all my allocated bandwidth for the month. Yes, three whole gigabytes of information in twenty-six days. Less, actually, as I paid on the eighth. Which means that in eighteen days I have used the web more than most folks. These days three gigabytes don’t go far, what with all of the internet’s wonderful distractions. Not to mention all of the wonderful web browser games…

I normally watch what I’m using, but this month I had torrents running in the background while I was busy writing. The damn things still haven’t downloaded completely, and I guess I really shouldn’t have them running again until next month, but I’m living dangerously and hoping the connection doesn’t go screwy again.  There’s a lot of other service providers out there, so it won’t be much of an issue if they do decide to come down on me for continued abuse of their broken, incomprehensible and overpriced lack of service.

Yes, I really do suck at trying to be nice to the companies I rely on.

The penalty for going over their abitrary level is surprisingly unimaginative, but for T-Mobile I guess it is the best they can manage. Between four in the afternoon and midnight they will be choking the connection. Wow. Such forward thinking ideas are the reason they aren’t the UK’s leading mobile service provider.

I’ll be back online after midnight, as if anyone cares…

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Getting Back In The Saddle

Posted by BigWords on October 8, 2009

This past week has been exceptionally silent in regards to posts (and, for that matter, internet activity in general) so I ought to place things into context for anyone thinking I had died. The T-mobile stick had stubbornly refused to work at any level, dropping my connection at inopportune moments and refusing to play ball.

So, in a desperate effort to get things sorted, I bought a new (budget) laptop. Which is the equivalent of using a .45 to kill a cockroach. Yeah, the expense is a bit too much to justify, but I need my internet. I should be back up and running by this time tomorrow, so rumors of my demise can stop now… Please… Telling everyone I have been killed in an industrial accident with a lawnmower is neither big nor clever.

Whenever I get cut off from my internet passtimes I get rather obsessed with the state of my external hard drives, so the opportunity afforded by the enforced down-time was too good to pass up. Which, given the uncompressed nature of the files and the size of the drives, meant that a couple of days were given over to the defragmentation and tidying up of the drives.

I’m not going anywhere, and things will get back to normal given time, patience and a shitload of folding.

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I have managed to get quite a lot of writing done in the time which would normally be spent surfing, and have come to the conclusion that without the constant stream of weirdness which the net brings I am unable to competently bring my words to life. Shit, the need for the web to write must be one of the most pathetic excuses which has ever been given for bad prose.

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Catching Some Internet Time

Posted by BigWords on October 2, 2009

Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but I’m posting this from Sabre’s computers. Yeah, I know that I should fix my problems out and get things back to (relative) normality, but there seems to be a tsunami of problems hitting at the same time, and my resources are being stretched to breaking point.

Which has got me on to the train of thought that people have been asking themselves since time immemorial “what is the meaning of life?” Want to know? Do you really want to know? Seriously…

Okay, I’ll spill – Life is a shooting gallery and we are the targets.

Yeah, that’s the kind of mood I am in at the moment, and I’m pretty certain I have a good grasp of the optimism / pessimism balance. I pointed out that my internet connection was screwy, and now (oh the funs I be having) my laptop has died a bloody and unnatural death. The good(ish) laptop that is. So I’ll be trying to get one of them working with the internet stick this weekend.

My rig – a bitsa, with salvaged components from damn near everything – is not compatible with my internet connection for some reason, so I’ll post when I can, and hope that there is some better news for me to pass on before the lack of the net makes me go insane.

Watch this space…

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