07 February 2016

New Router, No Worries

It was the router. Its replacement - same make and model - works as advertised.

It's quite a relief. That's all four family members without wifi for their various and sundry devices, for over 24 hours. Those with addiction to said things (like Younger Daughter - heh) had to go cold turkey. :)

That said, all is back to normal. And we, who aren't addicted at all (wink, wink) can go back to Netflix and watch Bones.

Having said all that, it's a bit disturbing that one can plop down $120 for a new device, and have it fail spectacularly right out of the box. It seems quality control isn't really a thing at Netgear.

Ah, well ... caveat emptor.

A Bleg for Help/Advice

One step forward and two steps back.

Here at the homestead, we have a 100 Mbps 'net connection. My router has been channeling about 65 Mbps of that to the PC, and spreads the rest around to various iThingies, Tivo, etc.

Three nights ago, the speed slowed to .6 Mbps. Definitely ungood, so I went to Big Buy and picked up new, slightly faster router. Got all the cables reattached, and powered everything back up.

The result?  .6 Mbps.  I don't get it.

What are the chances of getting a brand new router with the same problem as the old one? Or is it a setting on the PC?

I don't know, and it's frustrating. But I'm taking the new unit back to the store this morning, and hoping for a better result from a different one.

Does anyone out there have any ideas about what might be causing the bottleneck?

05 February 2016

What Is the Meaning of Love?

What Love means to 4-8 year old kids ...
A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4- to 8-year-olds: "What does love mean?"

The answers they got were broader, deeper, and more profound than they expected.                       
See what you think:                        

'When my grandmother got arthritis , she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my 
grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.'

Rebecca- age 8

'When someone loves you , the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name 
is safe in their mouth.'
Billy - age 4

'Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.'
Karl - age 5

'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.'

Chrissy - age 6

'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.'
Terri - age 4

'Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to 
make sure the taste is OK.'
Danny - age 8


'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and just listen.'

Bobby - age 7 

'If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.'
Nikka - age 6 
(we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)


'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.'
Noelle - age 7

'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.'
Tommy - age 6

'During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.'

Cindy - age 8

'My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.'
Clare - age 6

'Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.'
Elaine-age 5

'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.'
Chris - age 7

'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.'
Mary Ann - age 4


'I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.'

Lauren - age 4

'When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.' 
Karen - age 7
(what an image!)


'You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.'
Jessica - age 8

And the final one: the winner was a four year old whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.
Upon seeing the man cry , the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard , climbed onto his 
lap , and just sat there.
When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,
"Nothing , I just helped him cry."

04 February 2016

NTSB in Alaska: Not Just Another Reality Show

NTSB aviation accident investigator Millicent Hoidal speaks to the media while conducting an on-scene investigation at the Iliamna crash site of the de Havilland DHC-3T Turbine Otter that crashed during takeoff from East Wind Lake in the background on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. The floatplane crashed early Tuesday morning with a load of fishing guides and clients killing three people. Bill Roth/ADN
Alaskans will be able to get an investigator’s-eye view of several prominent recent plane crashes when a TV series chronicling the National Transportation Safety Board’s work in the state premieres next month.

“Alaska Aircrash Investigations” will debut on the Smithsonian Channel on March 13. The show, billed as a “docu-series” in a statement Tuesday outlining its scope, covers half a dozen fatal Alaska plane crashes during the summer of 2015.
“'Alaska Aircrash Investigations' follows five NTSB members as they risk their lives in extreme environments to access remote crash sites in the unpredictable Alaskan wilderness,” producers wrote. “From dense forests to raging rivers, there is no place impenetrable for the ‘Go Team.’ Every investigation tests these brave men and women, from the seasoned veterans to the rookies who are just beginning their careers in air safety.”
The six-episode series features the NTSB’s Alaska chief, Clint Johnson, as well as investigators Brice Banning and Shaun Williams. Two more investigators seen in the show, Chris Shaver and Millicent Hoidal, are moving to Outside postings with the board, as Johnson reviews candidates to replace them.

Johnson said Tuesday that the Smithsonian Channel’s series is not a reality show. He emphasized the effort producers and crews took to accurately depict investigators’ work.

Trust me, the NTSB folks have their work cut out for them in Alaska, and if it's true that it won't be yet another overly-dramatic "Alaska will kill you!!" show, then we welcome an accurate depiction of what goes on here.