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Big BOOM – II

This week started with a literal BANG!

Lightning again struck my house here in Frisco, Texas. This is the second time. First time was Monday June 29, 2009. A little over 11 years ago. Search “lightning” (upper right corner) on this blog for more information. (Yes, this blog is much older than ten years.)

This one was on Sunday morning August 30, 2020. About O500.  One hell of a wakeup for a Sunday morning. (Words carefully chosen…)

The bolt struck my nearly 20 year in-place vertical amateur radio antenna. Just outside the bedroom window. The vertical antenna is mounted above the lowest corner of the roofline on […] Continue reading » Big BOOM – II

Internet Outage

We experienced a two (plus) hour outage of our internet yesterday. Almost all our external communication is delivered by that system. The cable television, home phone line and of course our Internet data feeds are dependent on that connection. Its importance is second only to our electrical power feed. Our home is 100 percent electrical energy dependent.

The immediate effect was how quite everything in the house had become. The power was on but only the cell phones would communicate. The air conditioning was performing normal. The indoor temperature was still perfect. All our other electronic “toys” had become almost useless without their normal data feeds.

I liked the […] Continue reading » Internet Outage

A Better Link System

The stay-at-home confinement has placed additional loads on Internet activities. My spouse,Gloria is a piano music teacher. Her students entering our home have long been a source of infectious disease into our home. Gloria has always taken precautions with disinfectant wipes and arousal air spays. Long before the Covid-19 issue.

But what has changed is lessons are now provided by audio/video computer links with Face-Time and Skype. Video conferencing has been working for lessons but there have been some glitches with the technology.

I have taken a close look at my home WiFi system. When I first put it together, decades ago, it was pretty much SOTA (State Of […] Continue reading » A Better Link System

AT&T – Awful Telephone and Telegraph Company

New cable modem WiFi router with VOIP on right. Original WiFi router, Network HD and cable modem, L to R.

They finally did it. Lost a lifelong subscriber, me.

I have been loyal for no real reason. When something works, I have no desire to make changes for the sake of change. “When it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

My home phone service broke on June 12, 2017. Totally dead line. No dial tone, no noise. Just like someone cut the wire. Could be I did it outside my house where the wire goes into the ground. It has seen nearly 20 years of weed-wacker abuse. I […] Continue reading » AT&T – Awful Telephone and Telegraph Company