In a time when I'm aggravated at Insight, Verizon cheers me so...

...of course, only in a schadenfreude kind of way.

Part of my reluctance to change carriers for phone and internet service is the whole "devil you know" dilemma. I've never really considered Verizon a viable option for my needs, and I know very few people in the area that are on Verizon.

Verizon plays fast and loose with the wrong 1,200 e-mail addresses is an almost juvenile example of Verizon's customer service failings... just a mere mass e-mail with a cc: version bcc: used for the mailing list, plus some exchange server glitches. There's also the equally juvenile Run-amok Verizon robo-caller torments 1,400 customers incident.

When I think Verizon, I think of: Verizon CEO thinks it's unreasonable to expect your cellphone to work at home or Verizon doesn't know dollars from cents... Oh yeah, and 792 Octillion Dollars.

Not the Monkey -- Ran "hills" on the treadmill

4.37 miles in 40 minutes (9'10")

2.64 % incline average (611 ft over 4.37 miles)   Ok.  Flying Monkey preparedness this is not.  That elevation gain is the equivalent of at most two of the hills to be faced in the Monkey, and without the steep, quad-trashing, downhills of Monkey.

6.6 mph constant speed, except for emergency stop to tie shoelaces.

1% for the first 10 minutes
2% for the second 10 minutes
3% for the third 10 minutes
4%-6% varied for the last 10 minutes

5 minutes of 6+% very slow cool down at 2.0-4.0 mph (not recorded)

My current Insight cable speed tests.

(No, I'm not just trying to squeeze maximum throughput here--I just want basic pages to load properly--the slow speeds are yet another indicator that there is a problem.)

Under IE 7:

Under Firefox 3:

These are actually excellent results for me right now... I've been dropping to 88 Kps down/22 Kps up. Aggravating thing is, at certain times of the day, I get over 3000 Kbs up and over 300 Kbs down (sometimes 7000 up, 700 down). Supposedly, since my line is "good" (according to the tech at the call center) and behavior just as bad without router plugged in, it hasto be the modem. I don't really have time to drive to Insight office to get replacement and then hook up. Besides, I told the tech that connection has been inconsistent since the storm. I guess it's cheaper for me to come have the modem replaced than to have someone check the line these days.

At least when I used to have bad internet service before, I'd at least get decent/on-site service. I guess I need to "power down/power up" 30 times, try turning the cable modem upside down, and letting the water run before getting a tech out here.

Dear Insight Broadband, Please Treat Your Customers with Respect
Insight want to save? you money

So far so good with the new modem:

This should tide me over until my cell phone contract runs out, at least.

Holy cow, that was hard

Actually, the hard part was not giving up by the second interval.

Ran 3 x 1-mile intervals for a total of 7 miles.  1% treadmill incline.

1 mile warm-up @ 6.5 mph (9'14")
1 mile interval @ 8.5 mph (7'04") - tough, but manageable
0.5 mile recovery @ 6.5 mph
1 mile interval @ 8.5 mph - exhausting, but made it.
0.5 mile recovery @ 6.5 mph
1 mile interval @ 8.5 mph - like the push at the end of a 5k race.  For a full mile.
0.5 mile cool down @ 6.5 mph
0.5 mile cool down @ 6.6 mph
0.5 mile cool down @ 6.7 mph
0.5 mile cool down @ 6.8 mph

Gee, that wasn't so bad after all.  My body just doesn't have much will to run hard these days.

All these silly little Top 10 lists.

Okay, so I just love punditry sometimes...

10 Things That Won't Make Windows 7 A Success (and 1 That Will)

8. Death By A Thousand Versions Of The Same Product. How many versions of Vista are there again? Okay, if you say so. We only need 3 versions of Windows 7: a home version, a business version, and a mobile version. Three products, and three SKUs. That's it. Give us any more and we'll send you back into timeout, Microsoft.

10. Annoying The User. UAC was the direct approach. Ask the end user at every turn possible a question they don't care about, don't know the answer to, for something they are going to do any way. Or there's the indirect approach, the sum of a lot annoying little problems: slower file copy, a slower computer using experience, a lack of drivers, stability issues, confusing product editions, etc. Either approach works great at annoying the end user. Doing both guarantees it will happen. 

Also, some really cool graphic design going on here on a couple of these slideshows:

Random Articles found through NetworkWorld

Sending a message to TSA will cost you time - the lesson here? Don't try to be clever in what you take through security. Evan Roth has designed personalized plates that allow the bags screeners for TSA to see a "message" that you've had etched into a steel plate. Of course, these plates obstruct the view of your baggage, pretty much guaranteeing that you'll be searched.

2008 I.T. Industry Graveyard - Slide 3... The IT department. I don't know about this. This prediction is along the same lines as the prediction of the death of the desktop computer 10 years ago and the "this time it's different" about the dot-com boom, the housing market, or [insert your future prediction here]. Until the barriers to replacing the legacy systems are met, someone will always be making the connections to the old data through SOA, or worse yet, changing the old applications for minor changes in the business environment.

A contrasting (if not differing) opinion from blogs: Vista R.I.P.

Problem 1 from Project Euler . net ("set"-based solution)

This time, I fill a hash map for step values of 3 and of 5.  No noticeable difference from my first try, until you start trying to find results for much larger than stopping at 999, at which point amount of memory consumed/allocated makes this method way more inefficient.


h = {}
3.step(999, 3) {
 h[i] = 1
5.step(999, 5) {
 h[i] = 1

h.each { |k,v|
print x,"n"

A fledgling blog on the progress of technology

I think I'm generally more interested in the small-time blogs than the well-established blog.  Well-established blogs with a solid following can succumb to group-think in the guise of introspection.

Sometimes, a newer blogging voice can present a different perspective on existing topics:

Found from a @implu tweet Retire your desktop: The Future:
- Greenspan's perception of the Information Technology bonus (in terms of productivity)
- Wall Street's irrational exuberance leading to the DotCom Bubble.
- Gen Y's unintentional leadership of humanity into freedom.