Archive for the 'PGDC' Category

You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

New policy at the Pine Gulch Data Center:

My backpack is full of cough syrup

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

There’s this old Monty Python sketch in which a mischievous man publishes a Hungarian-to-English phrasebook with an unusual twist: he replaces the English translations with bits of nonsense and suggestive phrases. In the sketch, a Hungarian man is seen at a tobacconist’s asking to buy a book of matches. The phrase he reads from his [...]

I’m jealous

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Uberblogger and tech guru Claus Valca noted yesterday’s post about the faster Internet we’re getting here at Pine Gulch, and posted his own speed test results. And wow! He’s getting some amazing numbers. Looks like he’s getting a major kick from Comcast’s PowerBoost. Both his download and upload rates are insanely great. (And be sure [...]

Faster Internet at the Pine Gulch Data Center

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

Those of you whole live in or around Houston know that Comcast has been taking over the cable services, including broadband Internet, previously operated by Time Warner. While we were on vacation last week, Comcast began switching its Road Runner customers over to the new network; Road Runner customers are also being forced to switch [...]

Phone service restored

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

When I got back from Huntsville this morning, my replacement VOIP “modem” was waiting for me. After fiddling around with the old modem for over a month, I finally called Vonage on Monday, and had them send me a new one. Well, it wasn’t that easy, I had to go through the service guy’s rigamarole [...]

Time for our annual meltdown :-(

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Here’s why this site has been down the past couple of days, in the words of Cubesoft tech support:
There was a total network meltdown, which began on or about 5 AM Aug 29th. A new router, not the main router on the external interface, was misconfigured very badly. It was passing both incoming and [...]

Time-Warner bailing out of Houston?

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

Channel 13 is reporting this morning that Time-Warner cable is leaving Houston. It amazes me that a big company like T-W would abandon such a large market, but I guess stranger things have happened. This interests me not because of my cable service, but because of my Internet. I have Earthlink cable Internet, which is [...]


Saturday, July 15th, 2006

Who killed Sue’s Best Friend? The CPU did it in the ZIF socket with a bent pin. Fortunately, the murder of a computer is sometimes reversible.

And My Kids Wonder Why Dad Won’t Allow IM On His Computers

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

It’s because of things like this, kids: New IM Worm Installs Own Web Browser.


Thursday, May 18th, 2006

I finally got the Data Center back online Tuesday. Roger (from work) and I drove over to Fry’s at lunch time and I bought a repalacement for my mostly burnt-out Linksys wireless router. Tuesday afternoon I plugged in the router, and everything just worked. I still have a little tweaking to do, but most everything [...]

Reconstruction Begins

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

It only took me 45 minutes on the phone with Earthlink and Road Runner technical support (they kept transferring me to each other) to convince them of what I had already figured out: my cable modem had burn out its PC port. They told me I could just walk into the local Time Warner store [...]


Monday, May 15th, 2006

Where’s you sergeant, men?
That was probably the only funny moment in Stripes, an otherwise forgettable movie. Well, I now have several pieces of equipment that have joined Sergeant Hulka in the BLOWED UP category.
Yesterday we had a Mother’s Day dinner and invited Fred, Jackie, and Jackie’s mom Cindy to join all of us [...]