At Casa Core Dump we’ve been using Cox Communications for our Internet service for years and years. In general, it’s been good. Very few outages and great downstream speed. The pathetic upstream is a constant source of tsuris, but even if we wanted to change, we couldn’t. Nope. We live less than a mile from a huge Intel fab in the largest city in Arizona, and we can’t get DSL. Sigh. It’s either cable or some kind of satellite connection—FIOS in Arizona is just a gleam in some Verizon executive’s eye at this point.
We’ve also been using Cox for cable TV, and they gave us a pretty good bundling deal for phone service, so all our communications at the house now comes from our good friends at Cox.
Who recently sent us a letter saying they’re going to increase our bill by $10/month starting on the 15th of February.
Fine, OK, it’s still worth it, so not much to say about that. Except for the other content of the letter, which says that the deal we’ve been getting so far is so great that we should be tickled pink our bill is only going up by $10.
OK, fine. We’ll bend over. But wait, there’s more! We’re also getting faster Internet service. Yay! Faster Internet good. And we’re going to get more HD TV channels. Which is a good thing, as the current Cox HD lineup is pathetic at best.
What the letter doesn’t address is when we’re going to get the faster Internet service or when we will get all these fabulous HD channels. Or exactly which channels they’re talking about.
Now, I’m just a cave man and your modern world scares and confuses me, but how about giving us some dates for the upgrades we’re going to receive? How soon is “soon?”
If you don’t want to commit to hard dates, at least a rough indication of which quarter we’re talking about would be nice. You’d think that would be possible.
Oh, and sorry Cox, but the minute FIOS comes to our area, you’re toast.
Posted Monday, 07 January, 2008 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.