Christmas Edition 
Sunday, 26 December, 2004, 05:52
Merry Christmas.

First of all, Comcast support can suck it. They have been no help at all these past few days. When the problems with the Internet connection first started (and through the days it was occurring) they said that it was a problem at our location and that nobody else in the area reported any problems. Then, all of a sudden, the day the field technician comes out to the house, the problem was areawide. How the hell does this happen? And, if the problem is areawide, why did the tech change our cable modem? Furthermore, when did Comcast amend their TOS to disallow router boxes? I mean, the @Home and ATTBI techs didn't seem to mind when they saw the Linksys router sitting there, and neither did other Comcast reps, but the last guy complained about it. Can you believe this -- he disabled the NIC in my dad's computer and connected the cable modem via USB? That solved no problems. At that point, not only did the cable modem not work, but the other computers in the house could not connect to the Internet if it did. I don't own a house, but my computer and my network are my castle ... and NOBODY f*cks with my castle. So, my Christmas gift to Comcast support is a big fat middle finger.

Anyway, on with the good stuff ... first, what I gave to Julie. Ready? Here we go ... a pink sherpa robe, purple penguin pajamas (and a red penguin pajama top for use with the purple penguin pajama pants), a 3.4 oz bottle of Curve, a Samsung E715 camera phone, and a white gold ring with 11 (pretty small, but hella shiny) E-F color and IF clarity diamonds set in it. I may have left a couple things out, but that's basically what was under the tree for her. She got me ... woah ... an Xbox, Xbox Communicator (includes 1 free year of Xbox Live), Halo, Halo 2 Limited Collector's Edition, Half-Life 2, and Need For Speed Underground 2. We both went a bit over the top (taking the ring to get resized tomorrow, but it's funny seeing Julie stare at it ... that f*cker's shiny). My hands are now full ... I don't know when I'll be able to play all these awesome games :-)

So, now that I'm back at 0% packet loss (I was between 20% and 80% for a while, when the connection actually worked), I shall catch up on forums and email ... I suspect that there's a lot to catch up on :-)
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