I'm finally back on-line after my internet connection died a few weeks ago *phew*

While I love the access my cable connection gives me dealing with the NTL support lines is pure hell when anything goes wrong. After numerous calls between customer support and technical support, including my purchase of a new phone to cope with the extended periods on hold (the battery in my old phone kept cutting out after 40 mins on hold), it turns out I had been deliberately disconnected by the technical team while they were trying to "stop the spread of a virus".

No doubt disconnecting customers is a truely effective way of stopping the spread of a virus, but it does seem to be rather over-reacting and causing more trouble than the original problem. And don't even get me started on my fully up-to-date XP security patches, always on firewall, and latest anti-virus software and virus definition files (which a lengthy scan yesterday showed my machine was as clean as a whistle).

Also of course the phone call (er no), letter (nope), and e-mail (no way) they used to tell me about the disconnection was most useful. *Grrrrr*. There wasn't even a note on my account to say what had happened. In the end a techie bloke had to trace my connection to prove the line was okay (this was quite impressive, and a little scary, but he could only get to my modem, not my machine, because of my firewall. Hah!). It was only this that revealed that my account had been deliberately barred. After that it was there was the small matter of two 40 minute periods on hold, the following 20 minute conversations with customer support, and I was back on.

Fortunately they agreed not to charge me for 1 week of connection time due the inconvenience. *Woohoo*.

Anyway the main thing is I'm now back on-line, and I can reacquaint myself with my addiction. Despite the hell of coming off cold turkey, this is no excuse to give up permenantly. Although there are things to do off-line (no really there are - more on this later) I sadly have a big gap in my life without an internet connection. *G33k*

Entry 604, Sunday, November 30th 2003, Filed In Diary

The new Doctor Who series is out now, it's an animated flash adventure, and is voiced by Richard E Grant. I don't know if this resolves the whole who's going to be the next Doctor Who question, would he do this on television as well? Interesting and entertaining all the same, but Eddie Izzard still gets my vote.

Entry 603, Thursday, November 13th 2003, Filed In Stuff

Fantastic news an official report has shown that the old advertising slogan is true - Guinness IS good for you. I might stop in the pub on the way home tomorrow and sink a couple of pints - purely for medicinal reasons of course.

Entry 602, Thursday, November 13th 2003, Filed In Stuff

Seriously, you cannot be serious, the ball was on the line. Homestar McEnroe's guide to tennis.

Entry 601, Thursday, November 13th 2003, Filed In Stuff

If you want a good drink Listen you need to know how to ask for it [via precision blogger].

Entry 600, Wednesday, November 12th 2003, Filed In Stuff

Mr Lazylaces
Mr Lazylaces ♥'s Little Miss Hotpants™ [artwork via mrmen.com].

Entry 599, Wednesday, November 12th 2003, Filed In Stuff

Pushing the boundries of what the Financial Director of my company might sign off, I'm looking forward to submitting my expenses this month. Probably NSFW [thanks to Pink928].

Entry 598, Wednesday, November 12th 2003, Filed In Stuff

The next generation of Segway? Kind of reminds me of things you see on the streets of Megacity 1.

Entry 597, Wednesday, November 12th 2003, Filed In Stuff

Blogger news: Firstly this year's Secret Santa is up an running and I'm feeling so Christmasy I'll be making my Amazon wish-list asap so I can take part. Oooo warm and fuzzy feeling.

Secondly there is a UK blogger's party on the 29th of this month for all that are interested. Unfortunately I'm due out of town (back to Stoke) that night. Nuts.

Entry 596, Wednesday, November 12th 2003, Filed In Stuff

Bender in Vegas

Entry 595, Wednesday, November 12th 2003, Filed In Stuff

As I occasionally mention I do a little work for The Blackwater Mobility Trust, a local (based on the Surrey/Hampshire/Berkshire borders) charity. The website redesign I've been working on finally went live this evening. The actual redesign didn't take too long but agreeing all the content did so it's good to see it finally up and running. Anyway please free to take a look, but more importantly if you know someone who could benefit from the Trust's work point them in the direction of the site.

Entry 594, Tuesday, November 11th 2003, Filed In Diary

I had a good chuckle to myself over the Reuters item today reporting that Kylie is "horrified" by all the sex in pop culture. Three words for you Little Miss Hotpants™ - Pot, Kettle & Black.

Entry 593, Tuesday, November 11th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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