NOVEMBER 2002 MINUTES ARCHIVE
search for the Abattoir's new DSL Carrier
started today… My very first call was promising and we're hoping
to have some great news soon, stay tuned!
Seems we're in for a fight with Cable again… As good as Cogeco's been to the Abattoir over the years, it would appear they're about to render their entire network unusable in the near future by imposing a bandwidth cap on their "unlimited" internet service (…following the stupidity and greed of Sympatico…). Starting soon, you'll not be able to transfer more than 5 useless gigabytes a MONTH over their network or be slapped with an $8.00 per gig charge. Looks like people aren't going to be able to keep up on Microsoft Windows Updates now. Understand this, Cogeco (…because I know you read the Abattoir…) as soon as this cap is put in place, I'll be dumping you like so much tofu. Gone will be my full digital TV package as well as my cable Internet… You will never see me again. I hope your bean counters over there realize exactly what they're doing (…which is losing business, of course…) So when can we expect the new Fall commercials? After all, you'll have to redo all your commercials now since they boast the glories of your broadband and what you can do with it, like streaming video, downloading games, sharing your family photos, internet radio, shoutcast and all the other great things you say you can do with your service (…except, don't do it longer than a few minutes a day, because we don't want you to enjoy the service too much, other than that, it's 'unlimited'…) Let me know when you impose this "Loss of Business" cap so I can cancel everything to do with your company, Internet access was the only reason I was with you and now that you've rendered it useless to me, I'll have to move on. I know you won't miss the $150.00 a month. Let's hear your feedback on this! Join in on the Abattoir.BBs and let us know what you think of this cap in the forums.
it's Hollywood Friday at work, a Movie Truck just rolled in for a genset
tune-up because now is the only chance he's got before his truck's needed
back on the shoot location, but first Shannia Twain's Tour Bus is here
to greet me when I got to work, it needs it's generator worked over for
a sudden issue… In the words of the Coach owner, "It still smells
like Shannia", who apparently smells like "lemons" in the morning, Hmmm?
Here's a nifty shot of the inside of the bus if you're wondering where
Shannia spent the last three weeks. There's bedding for almost 24
people for crying out loud, it sports a nifty cocktail lounge/master headroom
in the rear and a nice satellite tracking systems so you can watch your
zillion channels on the road. Either way, it was a lot cleaner than
Metallica's Bus when it was here! (…I ripped off an ashtray, I'm
selling it on Ebay for $4,000.00 to help cover my Ontario Hydro Bill this
month, forgive me, Shannia!..)
I said yesterday, I've been attempting to download the wacky physics video
"Owned" from FilePlanet...
After five failed attempts to get this file (...which at this point,
had now become more of an obsession...) I caved. Each download
from the Public Servers had a wait time no less than 70 minutes, and after
the fifth timeout I lost it... The link "You don't have to wait in
line!" stared at me, burning into the back of my retina, I couldn't fight
it anymore... "After all, GameSpy's
been good to the Abattoir in the past, the
least I can do is try a subscription..." I rationed. So off to the
page I went, filled in all my info and punched the process button.
Just like that, GameSpy
Industries sucked $xx of my favourite monies from my account and my
status at GameSpy
was raised to God level. So what does this all do for me? Well,
firstly and foremost is the fact that I no longer wait for any download
as I'm shuttled off, first class to a Personal Server which sits on a higher
bandwidth pipe than the Public Servers. This one factor is reason
alone to get a subscription, but there's also the other perks...
Priority Tech Support (...which I've just tested with a quick question,
so we'll let you know how well that works shortly...) as well as first,
exclusive shot at playing some beta's. There's also the nice bonus
of being able to click one button, and almost all of the advertising on
networks goes bye-bye, this helps make your surfing a good deal faster.
So now the question on everyone's mind... "How much faster is it?"
In my case, it was instantly 70 minutes faster (...since the line issue
is no longer an issue...) Last night I pulled down my file at
over 120k/sec, and the file finished with the bit rate still climbing!
Is it worth the cash? That's up to you, for the time being, I'll
just stand at the front of the line and enjoy my view from here.
I wonder if Fargo at GameSpy
would be interested in giving us a couple subscriptions for a BTM
Regarding the SuperFTP... Yes it's up, no we don't hate you now that you've discovered you can't log on, however, read an update now and again... You have to reapply! We're getting a lot of hate mail at the Abattoir from people who think they've been cut off (...why am I typing this, they don't read it?!..) On the same train of thought, we'll mention that due to bandwidth 'concerns', the SuperFTP is limited to 12 connections at a time. There, I answered your question! We've had complaints that people are getting a "Too many Users" message, what this message really means is that, at the precise time YOU were trying to connect to the SuperFTP, there were ALREADY many people just like YOU, who where there already... This means, although they're just like you, they're a little faster than you. We're sorry, there's nothing we can do about that right now.
of "Sick of Waiting" syndrome, guess who, after attempting to download
a stupid short movie called "Owned" (Battlefield 1942) for the FIFTH time
finally caved and purchased a year's subscription... You already
know the answer, me. Okay, so now I have my "own personal server"
on the great Planet... Now for my sixth attempt to download.
You want my true evaluation of FilePlanet's rather pricey "Subscription"
doesn't know this smiling face!? Yes, it's our own "Sgt.Slaughter"
as seen here in a very rare photo showing a bottle of alcoholic beverage
nearby. Since Sgt.Slaughter
works right around the corner from my place of employment, he never missed
a chance to come over and throw a rocket around after hours. It's
difficult to date this picture, especially because Sgt.Slaughter
hasn't aged at all over the years, but our best carbon-dating tells us
this image was captured somewhere around the Summer of 1997. Sgt.Slaughter
was always fun to play against, each time you killed him, he'd either giggle
or yell "Crappers!". You could rest assured even if he had 8 health
he'd be the first to jump into a battle when he heard nearby fire (…and
as such, you'd hear a lot of "Crappers!"…) Sgt.Slaughter
is now President of MTC
Computers and although he's not been to an actual BTM
in quite some time, I know we can convince him to show if I threaten him
with the other Polaroids we've found. Who's up for tomorrow?
Hope everyone had a safe and scary Halloween… Traffic in our area picked-up and we actually were able to give out most of our candy (…that, and I didn't buy 10 crates of super-sized Mr. Big bars this year…) There were a lot of great costumes, but I think I recognized this guy… Cyclone came to BTM35 in full gear and I think he would be upset if I didn't at least throw a mention in.
weekend's here and we just got nailed with our first snowfall / blizzard…
Gone as quick as it came, but caused over 100 traffic accidents in the
short two hours the fluffy stuff blew through... Man, Ontario drivers
really do suck. I also understand there's going to be something rather
special on the Abattoir SuperFTP
by later tonight… If you don't have an account yet, you might want
to send that request in now. *hint*
Have a great weekend, and remember, don't use any hydro.
"Bringing people together... so you can blow them apart!"