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"Those who go mad are merely thoughtful souls who failed to reach any conclusions." - Bloodborne

Saturday, February 22, 2014

New mic, Twitch update.

I probably should have added this to the previous post, but oh well. I recently got a new microphone to increase the quality of my Twitch streams. It's the Blue Yeti. So far the sound is excellent, a definite upgrade from my gaming headset's mic. I highly recommend it to anyone doing anything that requires high quality capture of your voice or instruments.

I hope to stream more regularly now, every single day unless I absolutely can't. Check out my channel here and don't forget to follow me. Stop by some time during a stream and say hello, I'm always watching chat. If you want quick notice of when I go live, following me on Twitch and Twitter is the best way to do that.

Bleh, Comcast...

So I get my new modem, good stuff. We call Comcast to get it activated and holy hell, what a pain. We're told that the old one has been deactivated/turned off/whatever and we hook up the new one as instructed. After a while of oddity and confusion they get it to the point where it connects and will load the "activate your shit" page but no further. Trying to activate it in the browser fails and after trying several things and getting only errors, they give up. Someone is scheduled to show up here in the near future to deal with it in person. Fun.

Keep in mind that the modem is fully compatible with Comcast. In fact, it was on a list of approved modems on the Comcast web site. They got the model# of the modem and never questioned that fact, but it's odd how it would be so difficult to get this working correctly. It seems that getting Comcast to do anything over the phone is always a nightmare. I just wish we could call them up, give them the info off the old and new modems and have it done in 10 minutes or so. Clean and easy. If only. I'll post another update after their technician has come and gone.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Keep your modem, Comcast. I'll get my own.

So two or three months ago I got a letter from my ISP, Comcast, saying basically "dawg, that modem might not be rad enough for our sp33dz, upgrade dat shit yo." My current modem is a DOCSIS 2.0 modem, and I had heard that they were upgrading to 3.0 so I figured that was probably an accurate assessment of the current situation. I requested a better one and received a modem that doubled as a wireless router.

Two problems with that. First, I already have a wireless router. It's quite a bit better than anything you've got, Comcrap. The second problem is the settings for the wireless router could not be changed... whoops! No thanks, fuck that. I'd rather random people not be using my modem/router as a public hotspot. In case you hadn't heard, that's an actual thing that Comcast is apparently doing. Google it.

My planned solution, which I've heard is probably something I should have done a long time ago, is to just buy my own modem and stop renting a shitty one from Comcast. The one I plan on getting is this one which was on a list of officially approved/recommended modems from Comcast's website. I'll get that in the near future and we'll see how that goes. I'll post the results and a review of the modem when this goes down.