Nicole and I took the day off from work so that we could leave this afternoon for the drive up to Eureka, for Brian and Sonja’s wedding.
Incidentally, I had a small part in their meeting. I encouraged Brian to try Yahoo Personals (which I worked for from May 2002 to May 2005 – I recently switched to the Tiger Team). I’m hoping to see them on the “Success Stories” part of the site soon.
In trying to get ourselves packed and mobilized, I was once again reminded of just how much of a stupid, irrational, cranky bastard I become when I haven’t eaten in a while. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to stop whatever you’re doing and just eat.
I put in the CD and skipped through all the crap about DSL filters, because I already had DSL filters from my EarthLink DSL. I installed the new SpeedStream 5100 DSL modem, but the software refused to detect it. After uninstalling 8 or 9 programs that were EarthLink or networking-related (e.g.: ZoneAlarm, Cisco VPN, etc…) and rebooting 3 or 4 times, it suddenly started detecting the modem. So then I proceeded with the rest of the install, creating my sbcglobal account and such but then the installer just hung towards the end. After 5 minutes of staring at the hourglass, I decided that it wasn’t going to do anything and so I killed it, rebooted, and started the install again. This time I got a prompt that I hadn’t even seen before telling me to enter the modem access code from the bottom of the unit. Did that and then I got some weird error that said something had failed and I should hit Retry and if it fails a few times, I should call SBC. Luckily, I hit Retry and it worked and then on the next step, I got another error saying “We apologize that the SBC Yahoo! servers that are needed to obtain your new User Name and Password are temporarily unavailable.” I hit Retry and then it worked and I was able to get through the rest of the install and I had my one PC connected to the Internet (at this point, the DSL modem was hooked up directly to my PC as the instructions had told me to do).
Then I tried hooking up the modem to the router, so I could get the other computers on the Internet. No dice – the Linksys could not connect over PPPoE. After a little research on the Web, I discovered that the SpeedStream 5100 has built-in PPPoE. The recommended way to hook up a router is to disable the built-in PPPoE by accessing the modem configuration page at http://192.168.0.1, selecting “PPP Location” and setting it to “PPP on computer” (the default is “PPP on modem”).
After doing this, I could then get the router to connect and now both of our desktop PCs in the office are on the Internet! Yay!
Let’s see…it was around 12:30 AM when I got this all working. I started the process at around 9:50 PM. Two and a half hours. Ergh. But then again, now we’ve got Internet for $14.95/month for a year, so I’ll be saving around $35/month for a year or $420. Not too bad.
We picked up Nicole’s parents from SFO airport and they tagged along with us as we ate pizza at Andiamo’s near their house. Then we went to their house and looked at all the stuff that they bought. They really enjoyed their Globus tour and they bought an amazing amount of souvenirs, especially books (16!) and t-shirts (15!).