Friday, February 23, 2007

Globelines Broadband

My Globe Broadband account it 18 days old. Advertised speed is 1Mbps. Rate is cheaper than PLDT by P500 per month. A wireless modem router with 4 LAN slots was supplied along with promises of product superiority and service better than hell-born PLDT.

I'm experiencing intermittent, unstable connections I'd say about 20% of the time. There have been websites that would take a particularly long time to load if at all. But now it's only Yahoo! (my homepage at that) that's consistently "not found". I have no idea why. My torrent speeds are the same as what I had with PLDT. The connection speed in general is in the 330 to 380 range, with the fastest clocked at 432 Kbps, a bit faster than PLDT.

I had no internet at all the entire Sunday. I called Monday and had to wait 28 minutes to talk to a human. The fellow was eager to help but was not able to solve the problem with a reset at his end. I called Tuesday and waited for 24 minutes for a human. Couldn't do anything else at his end so he scheduled a site visit the next day at around 10am or past 5pm. The next day at 5:15 pm, Globe guys came and fixed the connection inside their hub at the lamppost outside. Connected again. State of connection: see par. 2 .

I'm willing to consider all this as birthing pains, as Globe installed their infrastructure in our area just this month. I'll give it a couple more weeks to get its act together before I concede Globe is just plain old hell-born PLDT on the cheap.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Pacquiao the Pol

Looks like Manny Pacquiao has been talked into running for public office.

I guess if you could be talked into stripping down to your shorts and beating the crap out of another half naked guy in front of rabid spectators, there's very little else you can't be talked into.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Me, MD

The pedia gave me high marks today for some classy caregiver moves. See, the Little Girl had been out of sorts the past couple of days. Yesterday morning she was wincing before doing No.1 and by midday was running a fever and flat-out bawling while trying to (or not to) pee.

We'd seen this on the Little Guy before so I looked for a clean container -- a Q-tip canister did well -- cleaned it and waited. And waited. Along with a stream of tears, a stream of wee wee eventually came, some of which I caught in my waiting vial.

I rushed to the lab of a nearby hospital and had it analyzed. After an hour, suspicions were confirmed: White Blood Cells were "TNTC" (too numerous to count) and Bacteria were "Abundant".

When we went to the
duktora this morning, half her work was done. Didn't stop her from charging us full price though.

Tips on UTI:

1. The urine sample must be in the lab within 3o minutes from taking.

2. A cloudy and/or unusually smelly urine raises a flag that should be confirmed by a urinalysis.

3. Lingering in bathwater and using bubble baths can irritate the urinary tract.

4. They say drinking coconut water helps. Also cranberry juice. Neither of which appeals to the average kid.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Cory Aquino on Deal or No Deal

Wanted to post this last weekend but attempts to go wireless ended up leaving me 'netless instead for a few days so you might have already heard: Cory Aquino was a contestant on her daughter's show.

The episode was taped last Friday and will air February 14, otherwise known as Kris Aquino's Birthday which Pinoys celebrate by trooping to the city's motels and filling it to capacity until the fresh linens run out. A friend who's a friend of the Concios was in the audience and happily reports that the ex-President came home with a whopping P400.

Yep, 2 zeros.

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