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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 […] Continue reading » Internet Outage

Smoke and Mirrors

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Number Please?

This is the USB modem I purchased about 5 months before the lightning strike. It was plugged into a rear USB port and had the phone line connected. All I use it for is an occasional FAX as phone modems are so obsolete, they are not installed in computers any longer.

It was still hot to the touch hours after the strike. The circled areas are the burned components . The component board sets on the plastic bottom cover just the way you see it here. The top cover in the rear is flipped 180 degrees. The burn […] Continue reading » Number Please?

The Big Boom!

This is not about how the universe was created. It is about how some matter was destroyed, converted to energy so to speak. A good (true) story for the 4th of July.

You have read about the many disasters Gloria and I have been through in the last several years. You know, “The Great Crash” and then there was “A House Fire (Almost)”. My sprained ankle hardly counts except it has taken a month to heal. The latest to be described here is “The Big Boom!”

It happened about 10:00 AM on Monday June 29, 2009. I was already at work 20 miles away for about 3 ½ hours. At […] Continue reading » The Big Boom!

WAW! What a Week!

This has been a busy week. The “almost house fire” has kept me busy. Lots to do to get everything back to normal after that event. The electrical repair was a little pricey but not too bad. The service was outstanding. My heat pump repair was very pricey and the workers somewhat of a fiasco, more about that in another post. It deserves one of its own. Read Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey page.

The Insurance Company has promised to come through and cover everything except my deductable. That was great news, but I haven’t seen the check yet. The total bill is over $6K.

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