Thursday, February 28, 2008

Finding my way back onto the interweb

I'm back online now that Verizon high speed internet has been hooked up. I have of course set up a wireless network, which so far has worked flawlessly. From previous experience I knew to avoid combination modem/routers supplied by broadband provider, and Belkin products. I picked up a D-link router from Target, followed the step-by-step instruction and was surfing in 10 minutes.

Organizing Verizon was a bit of a nightmare. At first we thought we were getting a good deal on their 'FiOS' fiber-optic package. Then the deal expired. Then in transpired that FiOS was not available on our street, so we got regular broadband. We were told the DirecTV came with the package, which we didn't really want, so we'll be getting satellite TV from the Dish Network, because their DVR is cheap. I bundled my cell phone into the Verizon deal to try to make it sweeter, but ultimately we still end up paying through the nose for a home phone that we don't want but have to have. Verizon set up their recorded help-lines so that you can't get anywhere without entering a home phone number. So annoying.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Blogging from Panera

Since we're yet to get internet set up in our new home, I'm surfing for free at my local Panera bread. The service is very good - shame about the coffee.

Monday, February 04, 2008

New Home!

Front, originally uploaded by evens.john.

As promised to many, here are the photos of our new place. Isn't it pretty? We've begun to move things in, but probably won't take residence for about another week. This is now my fourth abode since arriving on foreign shores, and hopefully I will be able to stay here longer! I promised my Grandparents I would stop using them as a post office, too, so email me for my new address.