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Working to Upgrade the InterTubes
It's a tough thankless job. But somebody's gotta do it.
[T]he Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material. - United States Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), June 28, 2006
Well, I'm not an Internet genius like Senator Stevens or Veep Al Gore (D-PowerPoint, and who's rumored to have invented the whole damn thing), so I don't know a whole lot about the workings of such things at that level. But when I decided to increase the Internet bandwidth at the home office, I found the biggest tubes I could afford. The Internet may not be a big truck for hauling enormous amounts of material - enormous amounts of material - but you sure as hell need a big truck to haul the enormous material that makes the Internet. My poor little pickup was loaded beyond the gills for the 100 mile journey (don't ask) from Menards back to the home office.
Actually, posting has been light and will be for a week or two more as I
upgrade the home InterTubes bury these monsters as part of the flood mitigation plan drafted after a flooded basement this past June. A "100 year flood" plan, say the expensive civil engineers. So far, it's a crew of one (me) sourcing the material, transporting it, excavating the trench, installing the culvert, and re-landscaping the damage along with reworking an inadequate sump pump in a cramped crawl space. I hope to live a long and healthy life, but not so long as to discover if this actually solves the problem.
Ah, the joys of home ownership. And restoration. There's a little bit of travel in the mix, too. So hang in there, dear readers, and stay dry. To Menards and beyond!
If you have any questions, need anything clarified, or have something else on your mind, please use the comments section or email me directly.