Archive for July, 2008

A Busy Weekend

                      I will be moving on Sunday, for hopefully the last time in a very long time. I have moved four times in the past year, including this time. I’m sick of it! To prepare for the move, and hopefully save some time, I went to the new place tonight to decide where I would put things, and what I will do with the existing furniture.  It looks like I’ll be using the existing queen size bed, and putting mine in storage in the basement. That’s a no-brainer. Who doesn’t want a bigger bed?! Exactly. We moved two large end-tables (?) to the basement to make room for my big computer desk. That leaves two tables, a cabinet, and a small bedside dresser for me to use along with my own dresser. I also have a small dresser full of computer cables. Yes, you read that right. I’m a computer geek if you didn’t already know…lol.

                      There is a small room attached to my room in the new place, which I’ll use as a TV room for now. If the landlord (Richard) decides to rent out that room in the future, that’s fine by me. So long as he installs a door to seperate the rooms. There are 1 1/2 baths, only 1 shower for us four guys, so we’ll have to figure out a schedule. The kitchen is a decent size. A patio is in the backyard. There’s a living room with a fireplace. the laundry room is small, but usable. It’s not perfect, but it’s all I could find.

                      They already have cable tv, and we’re having the internet hooked up on Tuesday afternoon. Until then, we’ll use the neighbors’ Wi-Fi. I won’t be watching tv much, but we all decided to share the cost in good faith.

                      As for Saturday, I’ll grab the Damage Deposit. I may get my haircut, if they’re open. I may go see "The Dark Knight" too. I’ve heard nothing but praise for it!

                      I’m going to start up a technology-focused blog on WordPress very soon. I do have a Tech Help blog, but I want something more news-focused as well. I’ll post the link for it here when it’s up.

thanks for reading!


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My Experience With Shaw Cable

                             For 11 years, my family back in Leduc (near Edmonton) hasn’t had a single problem with Shaw Cable (nothing big anyway). However, this past week has not put them in my good books. Though, the alternative in Telus, and I hate them with a passion.

                             One of Shaw’s techs came to the house last Wednesday to disconnect the cable TV our housemates in the basement had been using for the past year, until they moved out. Either they forgot to mention they had roommates upstairs, or it didn’t occur to Shaw. Probably both. Thus, 4 days after having the net installed upstairs, it went down along with the cable tv. At least one of the techs I called asked about the cable tv connection! Someone was using their brain.

                            I was told  a tech would fix the problem on Friday. I requested after 3pm. The tech came at 11am and missed us. I was not happy, to be polite about it. I called them up and made an all-day appointment for Saturday. They called at 10am on Saturday, and cancelled it, citing overbooking. So we made another all-day appt for Sunday. No call to cancel, and noone showed up. I was furious. I called, and was given another all-day appt for Monday. Essentially, missing out on a possible day’s pay if called with a temp job. They FINALLY showed up at 2pm on Monday, and within 5 minutes, fixed the problem.

                            It’s not even that I had to wait nearly a weak for a simple fix, it’s that "miscommunications" at Shaw ruined my weekend. They even admitted it, though I was told a credit was put on my account for the trouble. Fair enough, but that doesn’t give me my weekend back. I understand what an all-day appt is, but don’t tell me you’re going to send a tech and not do it!

                            So that’s my rant. Not the first company to give me a hard time. They’re lucky I’m not willing to switch to Telus. My good experiences with Shaw outweigh the bad, but this is an experience I do not care to repeat.

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