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Lack Of Adsense

I enjoyed getting this one today…

Notification that my there was an issue with my payment information for my adwords account, and I needed to rectify that situation I needed login as soon as possible, update my billing information, okay I’m all over that one… 🙂


Well there are a few minor issues with this whole thing. The first of all is that I don’t have an adwords account, adsense yes, adwords no, well I could get confused with certain parts of my vast Internet empire, and think that is was my adsense accounts.

The second thing is, I never click on links in an email, NEVER, and neither should you.

The third thing was, that I was pretty sure that Google hadn’t started outsourcing to 1 week old chinese Internet companies.


The fourth thing, the Reply-To is almost to funny to point out…


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High Speed, Low Drag

The solutions, or lack thereof that Verizon tried to provide, did not work out as planned. Things did get better, into the 1.2mbps, but that is less then half of the advertised speed.

So I go with the deal from Cox, the cable got hooked up on Monday as planned, and the Modem showed up on Tuesday. I was in D.C. on Tuesday, so I just did the initial setup when I got home, I know I was tired because I couldn’t figure out a latency issue when opening a web page, but once it opened, it was fast… When I got home today I took a quick look, and fixed the DNS issue that was causing the latency, and were hauling butt…

Verizon is so fired… At least until they get FIOS in my neighborhood….

The latest results from speedtest.net, and I know I am not getting T3 speed, but it looks much better then the results with verizon….

And

Well I guess if I had that speed down, I’d be really unhappy with 1.8mbps as my upload speed…

I think this is a bit closer to what I am actually getting…

As well as a little closer to home

I think I’ll be happy for a while now…

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Still Can’t Hear you…

Well after the alleged fix, my verizon Internet access is still abysmal.

As you can see these are blazing numbers, for DSL…
Two minutes later, things are better, still sucky, but better, but they continue fluctuate…
So we come back a half hour later, and things seem about the same as before, sucky…
And here is an example of how things are over time, there is no scientific sampling here, just whenever I felt like it…
As you can see I am averaging about 600kbs, or about 20% of the speed I’m paying for…
Well it almost seems that COX is listening to my phone calls or reading my mind, because in the mail today is a promo for $5 off for the first year. Talk about perfect timing, well almost, I think I get 2 or 3 of those a month, and now I am sure I’ll get several a week to get me on cable, but I am a Satellite guy, and unless they give it away I’m not switching… So I give them a call and my modem is en route via UPS, and a technician will be here Monday to fix the cable they cut removing their phone service a couple years ago…
p.s.
I love that it took me nearly 20 minutes to upload the images here, Monday cannot come fast enough….
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Can’t Hear You Now…

Tonight I spent some quality time with Verizon tech support.
It seems they are having capacity issues in my area, because nightly between 5 and 9 the bandwidth is hideous, were talking close to dial-up hideous…
It took an hour of, “No there is nothing wrong with my equipment, your network is having issues” to having to settle for them to send a tech out Monday morning when there wont be an issue, because the days are usually ok. I understand that the network is going to degrade some during peak hours, been doing this network thing for a few years now, but dropping to 10 percent of advertised rate is ridiculous. I am not kidding my 3Meg pipe drops to 300K during this time frame on weeknights, and after 9 it will start ramping back up and usually by 10 were back to full speed. Prior to a couple week ago when this problem started, I had no issue with the 3Meg pipe. I could be doing my thing, my wife doing whatever, and both kids doing the youtube thing while IM’ing  with their friends, and there was the occasional hiccup, but normally unnoticeable.
So attempting to call verizon, very long hold times between 5 and 9, go figure 20+ minute hold times, and I really want to talk to them when this issue is happening, I finally get them on the line while this issue is occurring. After dealing with the usual Q&A did you do this and did you do that, and well your modem say it is provisioned for 3mbps, must be YOUR network, or YOUR computer. No it is on your(Verizons) end, laptop goes and hooks to a 5M pipe everyday without issue, well maybe your systems administrator configured you laptop strangely. The systems administrator at work would be me, and that wouldn’t explain why the 5 other machine on my network suddenly have the same issue at the same hours nightly… No I am not running any file sharing services, no I am not currently streaming video, and the only thing hooked up is one laptop, connected directly to the DSL modem, so we have effectively eliminated any of my network, and oh by the way my desktop is connected to the neighbors wireless with less then 20% signal strength and is getting better throughput then the machine directly connected to the DSL modem.
So I finally tell the tech, give me an email address, I’ll send pictures and screenshots, or better yet I’ll fire up iChat via the neighbors link, and you can see exactly what the heck is going on… He finally concedes, and offers the tech, but not sure what that’ll do, because I am convinced that the issue is further up stream then that, and not happening during the day, so the tech is not going to see anything. I’ll be calling Cox (ughh, that whole story in itself) to come out and hook me up with their highspeed, may I’ll do it while I’m dealing with the tech.
Well it is after 10 and guess what I have full bandwidth, as it did the same thing is does every night, but seems to happen a little later on Fridays…
Now we can contrast this “Customer is always wrong, until proven otherwise” attitude, I took my truck to the car wash at the Malbon Bros. Wednesday, and purchased the middle of the pack wash. Thursday walking out to the truck on Thursday I see that essentially the entire middle third of the front end didn’t get washed. I call them up, and the guy on the phone says bring it on down, and they’ll take care of it. I walk in tell the guy that I called, I point to my truck, and he hardly even looks out the window, and hands me a code for their top of the line carwash, and says that I should drive in slower so the initial sprayers can do a better job, and if I still wasn’t happy to bring it back during the day when the detailers are there and they would fix it. That was it, no questions asked… Needless to say I will be back….
      
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Internet Access for only $300.00 per month…

Man what a racket, $300.00 a month for internet access, or at least that’s what you’d pay if you stayed at some of the nicer hotels around, and relied on their Internet access.
Even though I don’t travel all that much anymore, I make a couple of trips a month and stay in hotels of various star count, and it seems that the higher the star count, or the better the neighborhood, the more you pay for various amenities, like Internet access.

I have stayed at several hotels in the Philadelphia area over the past couple of months, and I never really noticed the charges that hotels put on their Internet service. I usually just fire up the v740 broadband modem, and bypass all the silly sign on crap that hotels require even when the access is free.

This last trip I was messing around with the iPod Touch and wanted to go WiFi when I got to the login screen for the wireless, and noticed that the access charge was $9.95 per day, and I really have never done the math before, but that comes to $300 per month, and I was kind of shocked. T1’s don’t even cost that much anymore. I guess the real pisser is that when you stay at the hotel down by the stadium, that same Internet access is free.

Whats my point, none really, but I guess $300 a month for Internet is nothing, when you’re looking at paying over $1000 per month to park