July 13th, 2003


the weekend in failures and successes

This weekend I have been mostly failing to meet hobbitbabe.

Went to the pub with the drunkbisexuals on Friday. Haven't been out with them for ages because of my general inability to cope with smoke, but I thought I'd make the effort because of the visiting Canadian and nitoda trio. Having been delayed at work, I entirely failed to get there in time to see hobbitbabe, and no one managed to give her my phone number before she disappeared. Having been delayed even further by bus shennanigans, I failed to arrive at the pub in a good mood and didn't feel like staying, although I was there for long enough to note that I'd probably be able to come again as long as all the smokers were at the other end of the table. So that counts as a partial success, I think.

Went to the Science Museum on Saturday. Failed to meet johnckirk for lunch because I felt too ill to get out of bed earlier, and failed to meet hobbitbabe for reasons unknown. Successfully met nitoda, thekumquat, meirion and mjl, and had a successful trip round the Challenge of Materials and Making the Modern World galleries. Had a less successful trip around the Who am I? gallery on the basis the museum closed before we finished. Neither failed nor succeeded in seeing the free Earth from the Air photo exhibition in the grounds of the Natural History Museum - my legs hurt too much to look at it in detail, so I sat down for a long time and then looked at the pictures very quickly. Found David and Toni, and had an extremely successful dinner.

Today, I failed to get out of bed at a sensible time, but successfully got to work only a little bit late. Tonight, I'm entirely failing to connect to irc. Apparently every single server of Freenode is dead, which seems rather unlikely. I can connect to EnterTheGame, but not to a server where there are other people on the #sims channel, which is also rather wrong. Hmmm.
aibo, sleepy, cute


Just had one of "those" conversations with a customer service droid.

I registered today for Orange Open Access when I was on my way home from work. When I got in and looked at the web site, it said there were two plans: GPRS Open Access and CSD Open Access, so I should make sure I was connected to the right one. So I phoned up to check. The customer service droid latched onto the word "GPRS" and kept telling me inane facts about GPRS, and how to get my phone to use GPRS. I have known perfectly well how to use it for the past year. All I needed to know was whether I was connected to the right plan. But this seemed to be like beating my head against a wall.

Then when he said "oh, it doesn't make any difference, the plans are the same, we just need to know which set of settings to send to your phone", I wondered if I needed to access wap a different way now that I had Open Access. This set him off waffling about the "Active Service Settings" menu again! I tried an analogy: on my computer, if I want to use a normal modem and pay 1p per minute for the call, I dial one access number. To use my cable modem account that's free anytime, I have to call a different number. Do I need a new set of settings to use OpenAccess? But this made things a million times worse, because you don't call a number to use GPRS, you phone contacts an "Access Point", and he started telling me that GPRS is the faster way of using wap again! Dear Lord.

Eventually I managed to extract from him the information that I just need to use the existing phone number or Access Point depending on whether I want to use phone call or GPRS wap, and it is free up to a certain amount, but I'm not actually sure whether that information is correct. So I'm going to have to call back another time and speak to someone who has a clue.
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