|Is Summer Over?
||[ Tuesday, 23 Aug 05 | 13:21 ]
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!