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I contacted the helpdesk for my chosen ADSL-provider and they had apparently never received my application form...so after we had sorted it out over the phone and I'd given them all my details, the person on the other end mentioned that it might take up to 6 weeks to take effect!

I made my mind up then and there to start up the CompuServe connection anyway, despite what all my computer nerd acquaintances had said, and it all seemed to go swimmingly until a message popped up on my screen to say that it failed to detect a "carrier signal" (or possibly "carry signal", I can't tell, as it's all in Dutch and I don't understand computers when they speak Dutch to me). Of course, the A4-size instruction manual didn't mention this error in the two lines that actually deal with solving problems, and now I'm stumped. I've no idea what it's trying to tell me, but I fear it might be something along the lines of: "You want Internet-access, lady? Pah! Forget it!"

And, as if I haven't got enough to deal with at the moment, I get the distinct impression that the electricity is failing in my flat. Now, there are two lights that won't switch on - and it's neither the bulb nor the fuse, 'cause I checked those. I've just gotten a horrible thought: the wiring must be at least 30 years old. Maybe I should have it replaced?


Nov. 13th, 2004 06:13 am (UTC)
If I wanted to bore you, I could tell you about my ADSL woes....months of waiting, then the sudden failure after two weeks of rapture...Enfin, good luck with it!

Electricity: possibly. How many groups do you have? Modern households use more than one or two. Are you sure about the date? Ask advice from the Electricity Provider, either live or phone or internet.

Nov. 13th, 2004 06:21 am (UTC)
How many groups do you have

Two. Well, the flat is 55 years old, after all. I'm not even sure when the last time was anyone looked at it. I know I haven't in the 7 years I've been there (of course, I had a surveyor in when I was considering buying the place, and he said the wiring would need replacing soon as it was 'ancient and not up to spec', but then I just conveniently forgot about it until last night when I realised something might be wrong -- these lights? They're on different groups).

*waves back*

Hey, I'm kind of mobile again -- what say we have another face-to-face with tea and cookies? It's been a while...
Nov. 13th, 2004 08:28 am (UTC)
Great plan! Do you have a date in mind? Perhaps after Santa CLaus, as that and NaNoWriMo make me kind of busy...
Nov. 15th, 2004 05:05 am (UTC)
Christmas? You wanna wait till Christmas?!

Oh wait, do you mean our Sinterklaas? Alright, yeah, sure...when that again, 3 weeks from now? That'll work for me...how's about the Wednesday following, or...?
Nov. 15th, 2004 10:26 am (UTC)
That'll make it...8 December? Let's!