Happy Day After Halloween! It was a pretty low key All Hallows for us. Didn't even costume up, not counting my Happy Bunny jammies.
dude_the is here, escaping the Midwest, and we watched The Sixth Sense. And I did not need to cover my eyes, nor did I insist on having fosteronfilm accompany me throughout the house so I wouldn't be alone in any room . . . unlike the first time I saw it.
In other news, Comcrap annoys me. A lot. They're in the process of overhauling their online storage setup, and it's kyboshing every site that I link images to: my LJ, MySpace, etc. It's been messed up for weeks now, so I finally contacted their unhelpful help people to nag them about it. Outcome: "They're working on it." *grumble* They don't even have a status board or anything that I can check in on. If they weren't the only outfit in the area that provides cable broadband, I'd switch faster than it takes to fling a hamster in the general direction of the support folks in India.
Got a note from a student at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. She'd heard the Escape Pod production of "The Snow Woman's Daughter" and wanted my permission (and a copy of the text) to illustrate it for a school project. Shiny!
Not only do I believe in supporting students, but I also love seeing how artists interpret my stories. So I sent her a PDF along with my a-ok.
They put in a "Big Box" for every hundred houses or so that has fiber optics then use the existing phone lines to the house (replacing them as necessary). I have the 8MB service now under the old technology which is enough for my 5 VoIP phone lines, a 3MB BitTorrent download and streaming video all at the same time. So, while not as fast on the label as ComCast, I find the speed adequate for what I need to do. Reliability is king for me since I work from home...AT&T might go down for a few seconds once a month. I monitor it closely and the longest it's been out in the last year is maybe 5 minutes.
The plusses for Comcast are higher theoretical speed and no blocking of Port 25; the minuses are reliability, customer service and currupting some traffic streams (and "more-or-less" denying to Congress that they do it).
In AT&T's corner are price (on video+internet I'll save $50-$75 a month) and reliability. They are promising more speed by the time the service rolls out, too.