Friday, 18 January 2008

The Day I Gave The Wireless-Router a Few Smacks!...




I am very fed-up with my wireless system here...Nothing irks me more when I turn on my computer, then for the Network to scream "Very Good Connection" and it turns out I cannot open Yahoo!


Needless to say, Blogger, oh Mr-Blogger, who is temperamental at the best of times, is a complete pain here...It took me exactly three days to open the comments page, log on and reply to some comments left there...




How can it be that there is "Very Good Connection", and every page you try, you see "Cannot Find Server"?!?!





Lately though, I've been seeing this:- "There is an IP conflict with another system on the network"...Last night, after consulting some computer experts, who made me even more confused with their techno-jargon, I did what an enraged bull would do...

I nevertheless thank the experts, because they were indeed very helpful...It's not their fault this brain of mine cannot understand them...=)



Anyway, back to the bull...



I climbed on a chair, got on the counter, and gave the wireless-router a long string of expletives, switched if off, and told it to behave, otherwise I was not turning him back on...After about 5 minutes, I gave it a couple of smacks, and flipped it back on, and voila, at 8 am this morning, I managed to log on...




Huh, who would have guessed?



This is ridiculous...My hostel bills include the wireless and yet, we get such ridiculous service...And yet, on the information-leaflets we see about the hostel, it is said sooo nicely we have a "HotSpot"

*Oh Wow* (Cynical I am...)



I considered getting my own connection, and after hearing me complain about needing 5 hours to finish an assignment that would have taken me 2 at home, my parents too gave up...Leisure on the Net is another issue which I complain about, since I actually use the Net for a variety of things, besides doing homework and blogging...



I also chat, and do most of my readings of news, journals, excerpts from books and publications online...My parents are cool with that since the alternative would be me asking to buy the books! ;)




But guess what?



Maxis Broadband doesn't come to my area...

Celcom Broadband costs me RM 999 to get the USB, plus RM 68 monthly...I think it is ridiculous to fork out RM 999 for a connection that I need for another 3 months or so only...

Streamyx is the next best thing, but guess what? Those idiots say you must suscribe for a minimum of one year!




But the most ridiculous of all is that I need to even consider to pay extra for a service that I am already paying for!



Me thinks the only way for the college to sit up and pay attention is if I write to the press and give them some bad publicity...After all, all my complaints and the complaints of my fellow hostelites are falling on deaf ears...

Why is this becoming a trend in Malaysia? Want change, make people look bad?



Does anybody have any way to help me stay sane for a few more months?



Please?



4 comments:

PrincessJournals said...

authorities sometime can be like the router. they need to be "shaked" once in awhile (sometimes more) for them to be of service. ;)

Akmal said...

Sis Daph,
Whoa, you literally smacked the router? And it 'answered'? I never aware that there are connection between ermm...'physical' contact and radiowave before. Yeah I know how cranky it is, waiting the status bar at the right bottom of IE filled up.
When I bought my laptop in the PC Fair, I put a hole in my wallet, worth RM3k hahaha. It supposed to be around RM2400, but as it came with ASUS modem, I got a-OK price. Individual modem will cost me RM1200, so I considered it a deal. There are also modem that will cost you around RM500-600, but I know how does it feels like being broke, becoz I am one hahaha. You see, I exclude RM2.30 from my daily expanses to cover up the RM68 broadband bill. Anyway, if your handphone is 3G or 3.5G enabled device ( Dopod639,Blueberry, Blackberry, N95, N70, N73, you know, those expensive craps), you can use it as modem. 2G or 2.5G enabled device also can. It will be much slower, but no you don't have to wait until 3 days just to sign in. All you have to do is subscribe the service. You won't be able to use your phone for calls or SMS when you are using it for broadband, but at least, you don't have to go for that crazy RM999 bloody modem.
Anyhow, I guess the best thing to do here is to smack the authority (or else, the problem will remain a problem), and if you are to smack them, smack them hard! Use whatever means you know, just in case they forget the student's PAID THE BILLS!

J.T. said...

Oh my Daphne, I feel frustrated just reading your account. I know how it feels. I am trying to deal with a home warranty company right now and they are getting 'smacked' by me every day they delay sending someone on a service call to my house.

I agree with Princess and Akmal, authorities need to be smacked once in a while to remind them that they are supposed to be servicing customers.

It is not right that the trend has become "make people look bad to see a change" but it seems inevitable. Lackadaisical attitude and complacency has got a lot to do with it.

Does this sound familiar on a bigger scale? ;)

Puteri said...

So kasian to hear your internet connections woes. :-(