May. 23rd, 2009

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or not.

The other night, as I sat in my recliner, surfing on my laptop and watching a TV show via iTunes on my iMac, there was a mini power brownout. By mini, I mean a quick flash of uh oh, then normal. Problem was, at the time, I was downloading a shedload of audiobooks from iTunes. (All the Charlaine Harris books are/were on sale!).

My downloads slowed to a crawl...so much so, it was nearly as if I were on dialup speeds.

I spent the next 2 hours trying all sorts of configurations, rebooting modem, rebooting computers, etc. etc. ad nauseaum. I left it with the iMac wired directly to modem, and the downloads still crawling along.

By the next morning, things were still slow, but most of the books had downloaded. I then tried to re-hook up my route, but there was no joy in Mudville. Mighty router had struck out. Network connection = yay. Internet: not so much. Panicked, because it was Thursday before a holiday weekend and omg, SO not spending a weekend without WiFi, I ordered a new Belkin router with rush delivery (still cheaper than retail!).

It arrived about 1/2 hour ago. I'm all installed, wireless and have also connected my new 1TB external hard drive (my 3rd).

I LOVE cheap technology!!

I'm settling in for a lovely quiet weekend of reading, catching up on my shows, watching ST:TOS remastered editions and oh yeah, reviewing galleys for the reprint of Matters of the Blood.

Sad that I can't be at my parent's for a mini-Lima fest - my cousin Maria Eugenia and my sister & BIL are converging on San Antonio this weekend. Was a spur of the moment thing for them, but alas, $700 plane tix were too rich for my blood - especially for a quick weekend visit. Seeing family will have to wait until September and [livejournal.com profile] fencon .

Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!

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