January 24th, 2008

technical issues

Time for a change?

I'm thinking of changing Internet providers. It's not that I have any issue with my current provider, but I'm kind of tired of paying seperate bills to seperate entities for my Internet, telephony, and TV. My cable company now has a special offer on, valid until the 31st, of free installation and a digibox thrown in if I make the switch. There's also the possibility of having a wireless Internet connection set up, which they won't do for free, but still...it's tempting...

I'm not happy with where my computer is currently set up, in the bedroom. I want to move it back to the study, where it was when I first moved into this flat. Obviously then, I didn't have Internet access; and I only moved the PC into my own bedroom because at the time, there was someone staying with me and using the study as their bedroom. Since that person's left, the study doesn't really get used anymore except for storage, and I find that quite an annoying waste of the available floor space in my flat. As I understand it, having wireless Internet installed will allow me to set the PC up anywhere I want.

Question is, though: will it allow my neighbours or any waif and stray off the street to access the Internet on my costs as well?

I think I'll need to ponder this some more. Like I said, the offer's still valid till the end of the month.
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My sister's recently found a nice sofa in a secondhand furniture shop, and because I was at a bit of a loose end this afternoon, I decided to go and see if I could find something for the home there, too. I couldn't -- my sister must have bought the only decent stick of furniture that place ever possessed. Never mind, I thought, and started back towards the centre of town when I passed by another furniture shop; and this one was having a clearance sale. I had a look around, but even with prices reduced by 50%, most of the items on sale were still outside my price range. Then my eye happened to fall on this pouf.

I had a devil of a time bringing it home, as I had to carry it halfway across town. My arms still hurt, and it's been here for 6 or 7 hours...The cats were most intrigued by this strange new object having appeared suddenly in the middle of their lounge; but after sniffing it and reaching the conclusion that it would make the perfect place for a snooze, Leila claimed it for her own, letting the others know they weren't welcome to share it with her:

Of course, Manasse couldn't allow this state of affairs to continue for very long, and after a short siege, lay claim to victory:

But Leila's a plucky puss, who regrouped quickly and banished her brother to a discarded shoe box in the other room:

where he sat feeling very sorry for himself until I came in and shooed him out.