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Is Summer Over? [ Tuesday, 23 Aug 05 | 13:21 ]
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I know it’s only the end of August, but it already feels like summer is coming to a close. The days are getting shorter, about an hour and a half shorter since summer solstice. The biggest change I notice is in the morning when the sun rises nearly an hour later. The sun still sets around 8:40 p.m., so it is still light late in the evening.

Last week had several days a cloudy weather and even some rain. One day it started out cloudy, cleared mid-day, and then clouded up in the afternoon. We had a strong thundershower along with some hail, bigger than what I have seen in California. The temperature dropped 10° C in a few minutes. What was a fairly warm 26° (79° F) became a chilly 16° (61° F). I delighted in the fact that this was the first time the temperature had been under 21° (70° F) for several months. Of course it didn’t last long and daytime temperatures are back up to around 26° during the day, but comfortably cool at night.

Up in the Pyrenees they had snow above the 2.200 m (7,200 ft) level, which is rare in August.

ADSL now working!
I was in my bedroom this morning getting angry about not having my telephone or ADSL working and glanced over at the Wireless router. I was surprised to see the SYNC LED staying lit and not flashing. Could it be?

I picked up my mobile phone and called my fixed line number and the phone rang (and I could answer it!) I went into my computer room and woke my PowerBook from sleep. Back at the wireless router I noticed that all of the LEDs were green and glowing. Could it really be true!?!?!

I went back to my PowerBook and used the Safari browser to connect to the router. The status said CONNECTED. My blood was now racing... I browsed to the Apple site and it came up quickly. The next few minutes and I had tested my bandwidth--about 1.6Mbps and that is using wireless routing and not directly connected to the router.

Finally, after all this time, I have a connection to the Internet!
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[User Picture]From: iberianbear
Tuesday, 23 Aug 05 | 15:43 (UTC)
you should see the same speeds connected directly to the router..
Congratulations Chuck!
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Tuesday, 23 Aug 05 | 16:13 (UTC)

ADSL speeds

Here are the actual results obtained...

http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/
San Francisco
1439 kbps download 248 kps upload
New York City
1649 kbps download 251 kps upload

http://213.4.114.108/cgi-bin/downstream3.asp?bytes=409600&horaIni=1124801573.049&horaFin=1124801575.037
Madrid
Velocidad Kbps 1,648.29 Kbps
Velocidad KBytes/sec 206.04 KBytes/sec
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