Tweets for today

  • 10:29 alone in the orifice today. vorkin vorkin #
  • 11:06 doing too many things at once … #
  • 11:40 @stephenconroy Dear Mr Conroy, please come and fix the Broadband at my house. It sucks lemons. Bring your togs, you can have a swim! #
  • 11:44 answering a comment about yesterdays Beetroot post is.gd/hKQl #
  • 13:13 back in orifice with lunch. no a/c at remote site so lan install aborted #
  • 13:18 buying a 8 disc set of entire Thunderbird series … for my boy, of course :) #
  • 13:41 @The_Rooster Is there a wrong right and left? #
  • 15:00 on hold to melbourneit .. 2nd in cue #
  • 15:00 or is that queue #
  • 15:08 on hold again, diff dept. – filling out online support request while I wait #
  • 15:57 cool, that’s all done. been a powerhouse of productivity today. now to go home and collapse … #

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Tweets for today

  • 11:29 @kentnewsome If only that were true. Didn’t he write Children’s stories :) #
  • 11:34 @kentnewsome You’re not alone. Yahoo pipes does still rock. #
  • 11:50 so, to catchup on some feeds #
  • 12:06 ok, absolute min of on/off net access I use about 400m, so I figure at that pace I’m good for 10 days access. #
  • 12:08 @SilkCharm because you’re a social pixie! #
  • 12:12 ggrr…bloody govt. putting maps in a pdf #
  • 12:18 looking up local MP #
  • 12:33 @monnie *hands you some ice* #
  • 12:59 Received "pogo sketch stylus" for #Lifekludger review in post from Ten One Design – is.gd/deoL #
  • 13:29 @jodiem It’d be useable for you. May not for me. Will tweet when I write about it. #
  • 14:15 on ph to Federal MP re broadband. #
  • 14:16 @JonoH yes please. #
  • 14:50 @JonoH Thnx mate! #
  • 15:19 configuring vlans on new switch #
  • 16:17 talking to the orifice from home … a/c barely cutting it in there <holds head thinking about tomorrow when I go in> #
  • 16:20 @fang Hehe! I’ll take the blame bringbeetrootback.com/ #
  • 16:30 @fang Just updated my Beetroot page – is.gd/hDrN #
  • 16:39 wouldn’t ya think the twitter peeps would make twitter.com/search go to search.twitter.com ? <shrugs> #
  • 16:45 @The_Rooster It’s cool compared to yesterday’s 45.7! lol :/ #
  • 16:51 @The_Rooster please send some down! <starts reciting "I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains" …> #
  • 17:02 Beetroot shenanigans over…back to vlans #

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Beetroot a ‘cost option’ at Subway or Extortion?

Beetroot at Subway Update:

Caught a message on Twitter from @fang reporting that Beetroot at Subway as an cost option is here to stay.

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They say it’s ‘market conditions’ – is that code for market pressure? Mike calls it extortion.

Either way, for Beetroot lovers, it’s gotta be called a win to have a choice.

Subway keeps Beetrot a a cost option.

Subway keeps Beetrot a a cost option.

Original Bring Beetroot Back to Subway page here

Broadband Wilderness in the Suburbs

Incase you’d missed it, I moved house over the Christmas/New Year period. That’s why I’ve been so
quiet.

As it turns out I’ve moved to an area where getting the level of internet access I require, the same
as I had previously – 40Gb/month for ~$80/month at ADSL2+ speed – is impossible. This besides my
calling my then ISP, Adam Internet, as well as the one I was looking at moving to, Internode, and
asking that I would be able to get a connection at my new house.

As it turns out I am on a Telstra RIM Exchange. Evidently this means I can oly get ADSL1 service.
This would be okay by me, however I can’t even get that due to there being NO PORTS AVAILABLE. Now,
no other ISP has equipment at my exchange, so that’s out, and anyone wanting to sell me an ADSL
connection has to use the Telstra infrastructure – that’s right, the one with NO PORTS AVAILABLE! I’ve tried. And all the ISP can do is submit a request for a connection, and be refused.

Turning to Twitter, I contacted @Bigpondteam who, while attentive, just confirmed there is actually NO PORTS AVAILABLE.

Before you ask, no I didn’t move to the country, I moved to a Northern Suburb of Adelaide.

So, I called the Telecommunications Ombudsman (TIO), who was sympathetic, took my details, and informed me that there’s nothing they could do. They have no power to control infrastructure, and there’s no priority list or semblence of order or system to getting onto any port if or when one becomes available. They did suggest I should talk to the Broadand Guarantee people at the Department for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA). DCITA were very helpful, but ineffective.

As it turns out anyone, regardless of location, is eligible for a Govt. grant to install a Satellite connection if they are unable to get what is termed a “metro-comparable broadband service”. Quoting from the letter received from DCITA:

“A metro-comparable broadband service is defined as any service that offers a minimum 512kbps download and 128kbps upload data speed, 3GB per month data usage at a total cost of $2,500 (GST inclusive) over three years (including installation and connection fees)”.

Well aside of entering into any argument about how ludicrous it is to call that “broadband” – I;’m still left seeking a viable, long term connection. I am able to use wireless from a myriad of providers, however none offer the data allowance I require at anything like the cost of a fixed line.
Telstra wireless offer me 10Gb for $130/mnth – 1/4 data of what I had at 1/3 speed for 150% more cost.

I can actually get the 40Gb/mnth I want from Broadband Anywhere – at 50% more cost and only 1024kps download speed; with a ~$800 setup cost if I don’t want a 3 year contract.

I did actually come up with a plan to circumvent all this. It involves installing a ADSL service at a friend’s place, 5km away, who’s on a different exchange, and erecting two 14m high towers with high gain directional antennas, one at my mate’s place, one at mine, and beam the service to me. I’d consider it a better use of ~$800 setup fee – but while others have had similar links do 10km range, there’s no telling it’d work for me. Meanwhile I’ve contacted the air-stream wireless network community to see if I can get any help with wireless from that direction, and am awaiting a reply.

So, here I am, stuck, not quite knowing to take the rock or the hard place, using a Vodafone wireless connection device borrowed from a workmate, costing $40 for my 5Gb / month….connecting and disconnecting….and counting every Byte.

Dave