Thursday, May 15, 2008

Technology Update

So yesterday we finally had Telkom back to actually install our internet at home (turns out they hadn't had the address right the first time which is why I waited myself silly for an hour and a half while they complained that no one was home! Sigh.)

Yesterday Varen dashed home and waited around while they dutifully installed the neccessary bits and bobs. Unfortunately they couldn't test the modem because Head Office (or whoever does such things) had not yet switched on the line. But apparently we could test it ourselves later, sounds doable.

Last night after ages spent on hold with their call center, we discovered that although the lines had been switched on (we were talking on our new land-line here people!), clearly the modem was faulty. Bah!

This morning Varen popped into a local Telkom shop and got a new modem and was thrilled to report that we are now well and truly online at home. Yay!

And yet another incident in Phillygirl's Technology Update: the MX310 I bought ages ago, insists on not working ... and all I did was plug it in and switch the damn thing on. I have not even connected it to my computer yet and already there are errors! Double sigh. I've been fervently looking online for solutions to my bizarre problem with no luck. Although I did get 2 suggestions, neither worked. I finally phoned Canon SA this morning and they were very helpful (this is worth mention because it's pretty rare!). But my printer still has to go in to their technical support guys to either a) be replaced or b) be fixed. Bah! I have not even had the opportunity to even use it yet. Can you imagine my frustration?

So, as I said, we stayed home yesterday evening and Varen spent most of it trying to find a way online unsuccessfully. I, on the other hand, made an interesting pasta for dinner. Wholewheat tagliatelle with yummy Woolies prawns (will buy those again, they were delish!), steamed cauliflower and broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes in a white sauce. He liked it ... I remain unconvinced.

Updated 10h55 : Eep, I knew I forgot something! I wanted to say that I'm thrilled to announce that my 2 blog-initiatives for the time before I have to do real work again are completed :) All 3 of my holiday retrospectives are now available: In March 2004 I spent 5 weeks traveling around Southern Africa (Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique). In August 2005, Bean and I visited Singapore and Thailand. And in June 2006 we went to Egypt (that was the last one outstanding which I finally got finished yesterday). And I got bloggirls started. We're not doing too badly with 8 girls signed up for the lunch so far :) I'm really looking forward to it ... and I have great future plans for it eventually too! Not too shabby, me thinks ;)


Tamara said...

Yay for bloggirls!

Tehcnology is allergic to me - I come near and it stops working.

phillygirl said...

@tamara - paha :) And yeah, I think the bloggirls lunch is gonna be fab ;)

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