Thur. Dec. 12, 2019 – actual volunteer day

Cold and wet.

I got a couple of things done yesterday but spent the whole afternoon driving around town. Traffic was horrible with accidents and road closures all over.

Today I’m actually doing my volunteer day with the fifth grade science class. I’m just a helper monkey for this class as I learn it for next year. I have no idea what old boy plans to do, and I’d bet money he doesn’t either.

After that. I need to do onside service for my last remaining customer. He’s got a list of stuff to address, so I expect I’ll be back out there tomorrow or Monday too. And here I was thinking that it must be going ok if I hadn’t heard from him…

Not much time this AM to get the kids and myself ready, so I’m off like a prom dress….

n

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

23 thoughts on “Thur. Dec. 12, 2019 – actual volunteer day”


  1. I’m off like a prom dress….

    ?!!
    No Trigger warning!*

    *Has something to do with a movie horse, but I’m not awake yet, so please excuse any incoherence.

  2. Dad-gum it! Now you have me thinking about the prom. Still several years away, but still.

    I’ll just have to sit here all night, cleaning my gub.

  3. Got thru the class day. Guy didn’t show so I winged it. Only had one volunteer parent, and it was her first time. Got thru ok, kids like rocks.

    Now off to diagnose some issues with the control system at my client’s house.

    n

  4. Ok, the feral pig that I ran over and shot last Friday night was eaten XXXXX ripped apart XXXX XXXXX carried off by the buzzards today. About 50 of them were fighting over the carcass at lunch time. The only things left are the fur coat, lower jaw, and spinal column. The legs are gone, the rib cage is gone, the brain and upper jaw are gone. I have no idea where they went. And the horrendous stench from Tuesday is gone. I guess that the carcass was good and ripe today.

  5. Ring Doorbell Hack: A Major Security Flaw

    Getting rid of my Nexia thermostat is on the list for my time off at Christmas. When I had that beastie on my WiFi network, it spent lots of time late at night probing active systems connected to the same router.

  6. OK, I now have my Xfinity / Comcast cable modem (SB 8200) up and running at the new used house. The dude had to run a new cable line for me. I plugged my laptop into the modem and nothing happens. I have been reading and just realized that the cable modem does not have DHCP. So now I need to get a router with DHCP ? Man, this is a lot of hardware with my Ubiquiti wifi box.

  7. @lynn …

    All the SB8200 is is a cable modem. It has no router functionality, therefore no DHCP. So, a router with wireless ability is your next connection.

  8. So now I need to get a router with DHCP ? Man, this is a lot of hardware with my Ubiquiti wifi box.

    The SB8200 is just a cable modem from the look of the specs. You will need a router with DHCP and NAT for IPv4. You’re not leasing that, right?

    Connect the laptop to the cable modem and cycle the power on the modem. The laptop should receive the *single* DHCP lease for your house. If not, contact Comcast tech support to get online. Older systems locked the MAC on the modem to the account to avoid funny business at the box on the side of your house, and the techs probably just has to reset from the previous owner.

    BTW, I don’t recommend making a habit of plugging a Windows laptop directly into a cable modem.

  9. @lynn, I’ve got an enterprise level wireless AP that will work for you as a router. I’ve got tons of linksys, etc, even some new in box. In fact I picked up something yesterday, I haven’t even looked at it yet.

    So I got stuff if you want it.

    n

  10. @lynn, I’ve got an enterprise level wireless AP that will work for you as a router. I’ve got tons of linksys, etc, even some new in box. In fact I picked up something yesterday, I haven’t even looked at it yet.

    So I got stuff if you want it.

    Thanks, I can get the equipment. I just need to figure out what I am doing here.

  11. Thanks, I can get the equipment. I just need to figure out what I am doing here.

    Once you get past the call center and deal with the local techs, Spectrum and Comcast both hire excellent people for the job in my experience.

    The guy who ran the wire didn’t stick around to check the modem connection?

  12. The guy who ran the wire didn’t stick around to check the modem connection?

    He did not have a device with an ethernet plug and I forgot to bring my laptop with an ethernet plug. The cable modem does not have wifi so I could not use my phone. All we could do was look at the four idiot lights on the front.

    But I could not get my laptop to connect to the cable modem today so I do not know what is going on other than my incompetence. I was also dealing with the paint and wall guys so I could not really think.

    I had the paint guys pull the 24 inch doors going to my daughters bathroom and replace them with 32 inch doors. This is the faux ADA bathroom in the new used house that I have now spent $8,000 on. The bathroom is now walker ready. It is not wheelchair ready but all of the bedroom doors are 32 inch so that is the main limitation. If she gets into a wheelchair for step one then we are hosed. Right now she can walk about a 100 ft without a wheelchair or a walker. The wife took her to the doctor today and she used a walker as she is dizzy all the time.

  13. A cable modem will give you a single IP by DHCP on the LAN port, UNLESS you bought the static IP package, in which case, consult the docs they sent you.

  14. And I second what Greg said, their call center people are very good since they pulled it back onshore a few years ago. I haven’t had to call in over a year.

    In a previous job I did some work with Spectrum’s wholesale people and I know their network is up to date (Carrier Ethernet in most places) and well run.

  15. @Lynn: Generally with Comcast you need to set your laptop to use DHCP. Power the modem off, laptop disconnected. The power on the modem and plug in the laptop. Go to any website and you should get Comcast’s account activation page. Fairly easy process. The modem will allow one device to connect, to connect more and get wireless you will need a wireless router. I am partial to Netgear but most are good.

    Once your account is activated power every thing off. Connect the router. Power up the modem and wait a couple of minutes. Then power up the router. The router should get an IP address from the modem. At that point you can access the router and set up the wireless with a wired connection. Once that is done you should be good to go.

    Accessing the router is is with a fixed IP address, generally 192.168.x.x, modem with 192.168.100.1 with Comcast.

  16. He did not have a device with an ethernet plug and I forgot to bring my laptop with an ethernet plug. The cable modem does not have wifi so I could not use my phone. All we could do was look at the four idiot lights on the front.

    Thank Jonny Ive. Once Apple got away with not shipping Ethernet, everyone went that direction.

    We spec Plugable USB-Ethernet adapters for the cheap laptops we throw into customer sites with TeamViewer. It aways seems to be a cr*pshoot with other manufacturers.

    Plugable adapters are still cheap enough that you can buy extra and throw them into toolboxes.


  17. Once Apple got away with not shipping Ethernet

    I don’t so much blame Apple as I do for the thinness attributes. An Ethernet jack is rather thick and takes up a significant vertical height. I for one am glad they eliminated the jack and made the machines thin. Carrying an extra dongle is no big deal. I just wish the Surface laptop had more than one USB port.

  18. I just wish the Surface laptop had more than one USB port.

    Fo my Acer chromebook with 2 plugs I carry a very small 4 port USB hub as well.

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