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It feels like I've been away from the Net for a month, but it's only been *counting* five days. Shit.

Why didn't I get online on Monday? Because I had to go to Creston. Got a ride from Joni, seeing as I don't have a car anymore. Closed out my bank account there and my lockbox at the bank. Got some stuff from Mom and Dad that they forgot to give me on Xmas. (A red velvet altar cloth with tassels, a DVD of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, "Heart of the Soul" by Gary Zukav, and two more Kaki King CDs... which will teach me to put every CD of a band I'm interested in on my wish list before I've really heard any of their music. It's okay music, Kaki King's music, if you need to fall asleep. No, that's me being serious. It really is great lullaby music.) And of course, I work at 2 PM every Tuesday and Wednesday. So not enough time for the Net then.

I had already been seriously considering getting the internet in my apartment, and after this long stretch, I have decided for certain I am getting it. Not sure where to get it from, though. *Just* Internet from Mediacom is prohibitively expensive for some reason (almost $50 a month), though bundle it with cable TV and it's only $29 a month. The telephone company is an idea. But even though I don't get many phone calls, I don't want to tie up the only phone line. Being an apartment, I can't get a second line.

I don't care as much about TV as I used to, but even if I did I don't see how I could have both cable TV and cable internet on one freaking cable connection. And ain't no way I'm paying $50 a month for anything smaller than a car.

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kengr
Feb. 8th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
Being an apartment, I can't get a second line.

I'm in an apartment and I have a second line. They run it on on the other pair of wires in the cable (actually, most apartments have *several* pires going to the jacks, but I'm assuming worst case here).

You then use a cheap adapter to split out the the lines.

Phone company talk is "convert my RJ-11 jack to an RJ-14 jack"

fayanora
Feb. 10th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
So I just go to, say, Radio Shack and say I need to "convert my RJ-11 jack to an RJ-14 jack"? And say it to... the cable company too?
kengr
Feb. 10th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
No, you tell the phone company that when you order the second line.

I tried finding the adapter that Radio shack sells (or used to sell anyway) but their web site organization *sucks* for finding adapters and cables.

But they used to have (and if they don't, someone else will) have an adapter that looks like the ones for plugging two phones into one jack. Except i has *three* jacks. And if you look on top they are labelled L1, L2, L1+2

The L1+2 is wired the same way the wall jack is, so you could plug a 2 line phone into it. The other two are for plugging in single line phones.

fayanora
Feb. 12th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
Coolio! Thanks!
consortofvenus
Feb. 11th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
Cable TV and internet all works on one cable connection. I have it. Neither interferes with the other.
fayanora
Feb. 12th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
Cool! So you just need a thingy for plugging the line into both holes then, eh?
consortofvenus
Feb. 12th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
To be honest, Fay, I'm not sure how to take that question :P
fayanora
Feb. 15th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
You naughty naughty boy! ;-)
deekoo
Feb. 19th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
You might have extra wires that you can run an additional line on - buildings
wired in the last thirty or so years should have at least four wires per phone cable, and each line only uses two (red and green by default for the first line, though whoever wired my current location appears to have picked wire colours at random.)
DSL runs as an extra high-frequency channel on the same pair of wires as the phone line, so you don't need an extra line for DSL; cable internet also runs as, effectively, an extra channel on the same wire as the TV signal.

Incidentally, when selecting an ISP/telco, be warned that AT&T/SBC has been supplying call logs to the government for data mining.
fayanora
Feb. 20th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
Incidentally, when selecting an ISP/telco, be warned that AT&T/SBC has been supplying call logs to the government for data mining.

Thanks for the info!
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