Was awoken this morning by these two.
Collected all the information about my interesting (to me, anyway) NumerousApp metrics into a new page.
This will reaffirm your faith in Murphy’s Law.
Time Warner recently replaced my cable modem – upgraded for higher performance.
On Friday I went to check the physical install. The modem is down the hill – a quarter mile away – and connects to the house network via a long fiber run.
A long time ago I installed a “remote power rebooter” device for the cable modem so that on those all-too-often occasions when the modem needs to be physically reset it could be power cycled remotely/
As an aside: the remote control power gizmo I’m using is from Synaccess and it is awesome:
You set this box up to ping a remote address (e.g.,www.google.com) and if it loses connectivity it will power-cycle the outlet. So any time my cable modem wedges it gets rebooted automatically when this device detects loss of internet connectivity.
On Friday I should have unplugged the cable modem and moved it back to the rebooter power outlet. But I was literally on my way out of the house to go out of town for the weekend. The Number One Rule of IT was looming large in my mind: “If it’s working, don’t mess with it”.
The cable modem was working. Power cycling it right before leaving seemed foolish. I could fix it at my leisure on Monday when I got back.
Ah, Murphy, I am so sorry I tempted you that way.
Of course within hours of me actually *being* out of town, the cable modem wedged for some inexplicable reason. I had no VPN access to my home network the entire time I was gone. It wasn’t a big deal, but it was annoying, especially since I knew exactly WHY the modem hadn’t rebooted itself automatically after getting wedged and yet I was a few thousand miles away from it to fix it.
Maybe Thoreau was right.
Back it up!
This morning’s visitor. Be sure to click on it (and do whatever else your browser requires you to do) to view the full-resolution actual (pixel) sized image.