In short, today I’ve realised that the world I live in is fast becoming alien to me. This morning, I took an English language class – language and technology – and some of these unfamiliars came up then. A few of my 17 year old charges were (thankfully?) as bemused as I was. This afternoon, I’ve been trying to sort out my internet connection, to absolutely no avail. So, this post might be more of an appeal to in-the-know computer geeks than a comment on perfume.
For the past four weeks, I’ve only been able to get online every once in a while. My modem and my computer both tell me I’m connected; the lack of mail arriving, and the blank face of a browser, tell me otherwise. I’ve phoned my expensive ISP helpline several times – they don’t know the answer: the strength of my signal hasn’t changed; the cables I use haven’t changed; my security settings haven’t changed. The only things that have changed are my frustration levels, my lengths of time online, and my phone bill.
It seems like we’ve pinned it down to one thing: the extension cable. “As your ISP, we can only guarantee that broadband will work if it is connected directly to your main telephone socket.” Mine isn’t; it hasn’t been for three years; broadband has worked fine. One of the techies told me that extension cables can be degraded by the broadband signal forcing its way through – he might as well have been talking about ectoplasm, for all the sense this made to me. I can’t envision a data stream causing physical damage to a wire, but hell, what do I know? “Test it in your main phone socket, and see.”
So this is what I’m doing. And blast, it’s working. Blast, because the main phone socket is in the dining room and the computer lives in the study, two floors up. It doesn’t look right down here. Where am I going to host my fancy schmancy dinner parties now? (Note to self: plan a fancy schmancy dinner party before you die).
Simple solution? It’s about time I got wireless. Problem in the way of this solution: my mac isn’t wireless compatible unless I buy an AirPort. Additional problem – my software isn’t compatible with AirPort Extreme which is now the industry standard. I don’t even have a DVD drive in my mac. I need a new computer, but until house, job and money stuff sort themselves out, I will have to live with an erratic and probably slowly dying signal, unless any of you wiseys know different. I can’t replace the cabling – it’s in the frigging walls!
Tenuous perfume connection: this might explain why I’ve never got the Comme des Garà§ons Synthetic series. I mean, interesting and all, but why does anyone want to smell like that? I’m no natural perfumery junkie, but give me a sense of the organic over cabling, wiring, and a future of blue lights and signal decay.
Thanks to LuckyScent for the image.