Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rant #406: The Saga Continues

No, I still don't have Internet access at home. Let me tell you why.

I hooked up the new router yesterday. I had no problems hooking it up at all.

However, through trial and error, and some help via the help line offered by my service provider, we determined that the problem was not with the router, but with the coaxial cable leading from the computer out of my house.

I scheduled a technician to visit my house tomorrow morning. Hopefully, the problem will be fixed then.

Hopefully ...

This is upsetting my whole household--me, my son, my wife, and my mom, who will be at home tomorrow when the technician arrives.

But what can you do? Technology is nice, but it brings its own set of problems to the table.

I remember when we just had a TV and a phone to worry about. Just a few channels on the TV, and a rotary dial phone that would last a lifetime.

As a kid, I remember that our old Dumont used to go on the fritz every once in a while, and we had that era's high-tech technician actually come to the house and fix the thing.

He was a nice guy, but had female problems, which he told to anybody who would listen, including little old me.

As a little kid, it was the first time I heard the word "divorce," and, of course, based on my own personal odyssey, certainly not the last time.

He would pull out the back of the TV, and put in new tubes or something, and the TV would then work just fine ... in between divorce stories, of course.

But now, 50 years later, we have a whole set of new problems to worry about because of the latest technology.

As Dr. Smith on "Lost In Space" used to say to his own high-tech marvel, The Robot ...

"Oh, the pain, THE PAIN!"

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