Eat Your Heart Out On Plastic Tray

Wow! What a wacky couple of days. And it’s not quite over yet. I’ve been in super-geek tech mode for a while now. I succumbed to temptation and decided to get a new cellphone. Motorola’s überfon, the V600.

The “talking on the phone” part of it was easy. Pop the SIM out of my old phone into the new and it’s all good. It’s all the other goodies—the Bluetooth and the Wireless Internet that took forever. It’s all working now. I’ll compile all my info into a post later. I’m sure that others will find it helpful.

And now of course I’m having trouble with my ISP. That’s the other thing that’s been driving me nuts. Charter Pipeline has some bizarro routing bug that’s popped up. Most websites work fine. However .Mac does not. In fact everything under the domain is not working for me which means I can’t check my email, I can’t mount my iDisk, I can’t get to my website. Nothing. When I talked to Charter tech support, they could get to it fine, so something weird is going on.

Plus FTP to, the kind people who host this website, is being wonky. I can connect to the server and download anything I like off my website but I can’t upload a thing. It keeps timing out. I noticed something rather suspicious in the Transmit log:

227: Entering Passive Mode (209,68,1,138,239,245)
Cmd: STOR SciFi and Fantasy Books to Read.txt
150: Data connection accepted from; transfer starting.
Could not read reply from control connection -- timed out.

Am I crazy or is the FTP port supposed to be 21? Not 49772. That’s what makes me think there’s a routing problem at Charter. But hey, what do I know.

I just checked again, and now everything seems to be working correctly. (knock wood) So it’s only been like 17 hours of downtime for me.

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot… I’ve also started teaching myself Perl with the help of this excellent book.