So We have a slight issue here at the Insane Asylum. The ADSL Line that out VoIP server is on can not keep a sync, The second it connects up it then disconnects. It has been doing this for two days now.
This is bad enough, but not something we could not deal with since we have two internet lines coming into the building. But Our main line is behaving just a “Tad” better. It can stay connected for a whole FOUR minutes before dropping the connection.
Hey, The Internet in four minute segments is not that bad right? How about the speed of that line has dropped due to the constant disconnects and is now syncing up at a WHOPPING 0.5Meg.
This is no where near enough to supply the amount of people here trying to work. So even thought we were able to do a bit of creative patching and got an old style phone working (One phone for all the numbers coming into the building) We do not have enough of a connection to the Net for us to do any work even if you were lucky enough to get us on the phone.
There is just one question remaining.
Who has the board games?
Recently we have been noticing the ADSL router at the Ninja Temple has needed rebooting on a more regular bases. At first we thought nothing much of this since its often needed rebooting in the past. The full nature of the reboots were not realised until the several people who have been rebooting/reconnecting the gateway to the Interwebs got together and mentioned they had been doing it more often. At this point it was realised that something was not right.
Now the Insane Asylum provides the ADSL connection to the Ninja Temple, so I logged into the console and checked our connections. And according to the logs we were having a maximum uptime of five minutes, and a average uptime of fifty seconds. With this info to hand, a fault check request was sent in. and this reply was received.
BTW cannot progress this fault as the root cause is the PSTN failure. Please report to your Copper Line Service Provider.ff
KBD test completed, expires at 12:10
The Copper Line test has failed (LN). Openreach network fault found.
OK. So its a BT fault, not a problem as we also have a partners console with them. Fault logged with BT on the business line. The waiting game then began. Twenty Four hours later and we are up to the point where “An engineer is needed to check local network, we’ll let you know when we have an estimated date” So Our best guess is Interweb Services from the Ninja Towers will resume at some point this year.
Watch This Space.
Well dear Reader I have a confession to make.
R: “You mean, Your finally going to admit to stealing that Grade 3 listed street sign to give to a girl you liked?“
GN: “errrr. Not that kind of confession!“
The confession I have to make is…. I have finally Sold out. I have had websites for a very long time now, and have never had any advertising, sales, etc. on any of them. And if you consider at one point my main site was getting several thousand individual visitors a week, I had a few requests for such.
Especially on an Insanity Test I wrote way back in 1999(ish) which had people from all over the world sitting it, from general people, military, governments, and so on. Well after finding a FaceBook Fan site dedicated to the test, I decided to sell out. and make a simple logo, and put some items up on a CafePress site for sale.
If nothing else it will add a bit of advertising for when I finish the book I’m working on that’s a collection of Very funny emails sent from people sitting the test and answering questions 138 & 139.
138 Have you ever mailed ‘email@example.com’?
139 If so did you announce your undying love to this person?
So I apologise now.
The Insanity Test Store
It gets better…
After a week trying to evaluate My last “Data File” Busby have decided they are unable to evaluate the data due to their system still being broke from my last test. So to speed things up they are simply granting me access to their Live system as of Friday.
Oh the power… A new system to find the bugs in…
An update on the progress of my project with “Busby” is about due.
As you are aware from my previous posts, this project is all about integrating with some old archaic parts of the Internet. For those of you interested in how old, I spotted a variable $Noah.
Well we recently hit a problem where every test we put through broke their system in such a way that they could not reproduce the error even using the test data we provided. Got to love old code.
Well their engineers worked night and day for the last week and have finally fixed the problem. They rolled back the code to a moth ago before they made any changes. I believe the old Internet code has become self aware, and is resistant to change.
SkyNet is coming.
I thought I would just give you an update on the fun of “Obscure Code” The bane of the Internet.
After months of development, and testing we now have data files that meet the hundreds of requirements imposed on us by Busby. The file was uploaded to the Main test server, Inserted into the system which then promptly crashed. The File was then checked over by “humans” to make sure it complied, which it did.
It was reinserted into the system, and Crashed!
No one knows why, There is no one left from the early days of the Internet left who know how any of this stuff works!
I have just discovered you can tax your car on-line, So no longer do I have to spend days trying to find all the bits of paper needed for the taxing procedure. Or then pop to the post office during lunch break and get stuck in a line of old people so bored and lonely they go to the post office for a nice chat with the equally bored old person behind the counter…