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25th-Jan-2005 05:13 pm
knitting sketch
the problems with the dial up service is that no one give's a rat's arse about it. The phone engineer could find nothing wrong with the line, yesterday. I told him I'd phoned the service status line throughout the period we couldn't get on line but there was no mention of a problem. No one watches the dial up servers was his response. Why do I not like the idea that I should upgrade to broadband in order to get decent customer service? Could it be anything to do with the fact that we're already paying £14 a month for dial up and expect to recieve the service for which wer are forking out said sum?

On a cherrier note - ::waves:: to deannab - welcome to the wacky world of LJ.

I was going to post an update of Sunday's Panto, but both bogwitch and gamiila (two i s not l s) have already done that. Suffice to say, Sir Ian McLellan as the Dame - in a white Abba catsuit. The man has presence, considerable presence - anyone who can bring authority to the role of the Panto Dame has a certain stage magic all his own.

And, finally, anyone know where I can get hold of a new mouse mat to replace my dead one? Preferably a Spike mouse mat.
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25th-Jan-2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
It's not Onetel by any chance is it? I've been having increasing problems with the service just dropping out (to say nothing of email issues) but, like yourself, am unwilling to upgrade to broadband just to get the service I'm paying for (although I *do* want to go to broadband, but not to be bullied into it).
25th-Jan-2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on the not giving in to the bullying, but, no, it's not one-tel. It's NTL - they taught one-tel all they know about buggering the customer about, methinks.
25th-Jan-2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
You're expecting a lot of NTL imo.

Mouse=Ebay
25th-Jan-2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Boggy. I checked them all out and, apart from the first one, which doesn't show the picture, they're all already a tad expensive. I've just found a company that will print a photo on a mouse mat for £8 (P&P free).
25th-Jan-2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I have mousemat temptation.
25th-Jan-2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
You mean to buy one from ebay? Or design your own squiddly diddly one?

I used Your design . I thought about the Spilliria one, but they require an image about 200k to work with and I didn't have one that large.
25th-Jan-2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
I could try and make a bigger image.
25th-Jan-2005 05:58 pm (UTC)
I'd like a mousemat with the Christmas bauble on it (Fred chapter, methinks), but, as I've already gone ahead and ordered one with just an image of James on it now, you go concentrate on the one you want for yourself. I might treat myself to a second mat when you've time to come up with bigger images.
25th-Jan-2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. Convert the pic to a .bmp and it should be fine.
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26th-Jan-2005 01:52 pm (UTC)
According to the NTL phone engineer, we're one of only 3 customers in our area who are still on dialup.

25th-Jan-2005 10:10 pm (UTC)
You can get broadband a lot cheaper than you think... this site ( http://www.zazizam.com/signup/broadband/ )provides a broadband service from £9.99 per month.

I couldn't go back to dial-up now.
26th-Jan-2005 01:50 pm (UTC) - Thanks for the link
If when I manage to persuade MWNN that broadband is the way to go, the NTL phone engineer has added free installation to our account and we will save £8 a month on the second phone line that will not be needed. That, plus the fact that we don't want to lose our email addresses will mean that we'll probably stay with NTL. Now I just need to work out how to connect when roaming, both in the UK and France.
25th-Jan-2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
Looking at that site again, the £9.99 is for the first two months, then it goes up to £17.99. But the broadband providers want your custom and prices are reasonably low as long as you don't want to download mega amounts. I currently have Tiscali, and pay £17.99 a month. Broadband is more than worth the extra £3 it costs compared to dial up.
26th-Jan-2005 05:16 am (UTC)
::waves back::

(Still trying to get the hang of this LJ thing)

And while not a Spike mouse pad, there are ones out that are little mousepad-sized Persian rugs with rubber backing. They always remind me of Dead Things, to the point that I can easily imagine a little naked Spike under it.

Googling... okay, here's an example
http://www.importu.com/acun-tjmp.html
26th-Jan-2005 01:42 pm (UTC)
Naked Spike underneath the mat - ::fans self::
26th-Jan-2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
Have just noticed my new icon - am a bit slow off the mark the past few days - too hot here - going to be over 30 AGAIN today - thank you so much - I love it. I tried clicking on the icon to see the others but it didn't work?
26th-Jan-2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
Go to your own Live Journal and read the last entry and comments. They teach you how to see all the icons I have given you. I don't understand why you're not getting email notification of the comments on it. Perhaps I set it to the wrong email address.
27th-Jan-2005 12:41 am (UTC)
Testing my icons - this should be spike classic. When you made over your room, did you move the bed? - what did you do? - now that I can picture your room, I would be interested to know what improvements were made? Talking about rooms, our flat is on the market for rental and therefore there are 10 small pictures of it on the company's web page - if I was to email the page to you, would you be able to receive it okay given that you have been having computer problems?
27th-Jan-2005 12:45 am (UTC)
Didn't workd - testing again
27th-Jan-2005 12:49 am (UTC)
Yay - worked!!
27th-Jan-2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
Now all we've got to get you to do is post an entry to your own LJ using email.

Go on, have a rant about the packing - or the weather - or . . . .did you know it's Down the Rabbit Hole Day today? Post something surreal before it's tomorrow in Oz. Quick, you'll miss the 27th.
27th-Jan-2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
If you highlight the webpage that shows the flat (it appears at the top of the page beside the word Address, then right click your mouse and copy, you can then paste it into a comment by pressing Control plus the letter V (at the same time.)

That will save you emailing it to me (and I don't know how large the file will be, because I don't know how you plan to do that.)

My room? Yeah, the bed is now across the wall opposite the door. It can be used two ways - lie facing the window (to sleep) so that the srudy area is behind you. Or lie facing the study area, to watch TV/DVDs.

The large storage cupboard is now behind the desk, beside the chimney breast. The bookcase that was there is alongside side of the wardrobe, the other bookcase is beside the bed, beneath the window.

Believe it or not, there is a lot of circulation space gained and the room is far less cluttered.
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