September 17th, 2006

sixteen tons

It's A Series Of Tubes

So I've spent all of today up until now plus a lot of yesterday evening with no Internet connectivity. I'm posting a heads-up about it while I can. The server closest to Washington University has been getting worse; it's hit over 50% packet loss and ping times through it are completely random, varying from 20 ms to 2,000 ms. Earlier today, there was no connection at all, so I consider this an improvement.
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I may not be online much until ResTech gets this fixed. With luck, it won't be too much longer, but I won't count on it.

In the meantime, because I need some source for news and weather (especially weather, given the potential for violent storms this time of year and how bad the last two years have been so far), I'm buying cable TV. I admit this is partially motivated by the lack of a common building television (I have to go to Mudd for that and there's a lot of competition) with The Amazing Race coming on, and by Mythbusters, but overall I wouldn't call that worth $285 for the academic year. But for emergency weather reports, when my dorm room is placed such that my antenna is a lost cause, it's pretty much my only option.

I need a "RARRRRRGH" userpic.

This is really frustrating because a lot of my assignments require online research. According to the ResTech guy I talked to earlier today, everybody's having connectivity issues- the server upstream from the South 40 has decided to hate us. Nothing to do about that, I suppose.
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