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Friday, March 22, 2013

Worst day (Thursday) off-program (>600 calories) since I started, by far, by a factor of at least 2!

Didn't feel up to much of a workout, either. Did 20 minutes on the treadmill. Back, legs, shoulder, and neck all ached.

Verizon remained true to this form, as well.
* first in bloatware
* first in raising prices
* last in problem resolution
* not most clueless, however (that's the province of Comcast)

Can't blame Verizon (nor Comcast), however, for my performance. Tomorrow will be a better day -- for me, if not for those clowns!

Lesson: anyone that trusts a comm company is just not paying attention. How do they get away with it? Because they can. The same way the banks do. Power may not corrupt, but it sure does allow corruption to go unchecked.


* Verizon is our cell phone service provider.

* Comcast is our Internet broadband ISP

* Dish is our HD TV service provider

* Fairpoint is our land-lines telephone provider (we need this because MDW Beth is a clinical manager of the NICU -- Newborn Intensive Care Unit), and the power goes out here, a lot, and cellphone service is spotty, to say the least

* VOIP -- Voice Over IP (Internet Protocol -- the base protocol of the Internet, and what allows it to be so powerful, flexible, resilient). VOIP allows telephone calls to be sent over the Internet in "real time".

In our case, it allows the cell phones in my house to communicate with Verizon's
central office switches via Comcasts's IP broadband service, thus bypassing the weak links to the cell towers in my area.

Verizon is guessing that Comcast has blocked VOIP out of my house thus rendering our cellphones fairly useless. They have their crack team working the issue. My past experience is that they must be taking crack; otherwise, their performance is inexplicable.

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  • -BENI-
    They can and we do because there are not enough choices.
    Gone are those days when choice was what you had in many things.
    Same with morals, customer service, honesty and reputation. All things of the past.
    Guess all we can do is join them with a "whatever".
    Hang in there, it's all you can do.
    1888 days ago
    I'm so sorry! I dumped comcast on their arse years ago. I might have slower internet (not that it is something I've noticed) but at least when ATT says they will fix it by such and such, so far it has been.

    best of luck getting things resolved. I wish you luck.
    1888 days ago
    Today will be better. I don't like verizon. We bought tracfones and are much happier with them but we are not phone people. We are not like the people who carry their phones around in their hands like they are an extension of their bodies. I consider not being able to stand some peace and quiet to be a mental illness. You can understand crazy hormonal teens needing to blither every minute but not adults.
    1888 days ago
    Geez, I am so illiterate when it come to technology. We still have a land line, but no longer dial-up to the internet. My cell phone is used only to make calls. (well, ok, I play solitaire once in a while on it.)

    I hope you get all that stuff figured out to your satisfaction.
    1888 days ago
  • RD03875
    Good luck!
    1888 days ago
    I love Sprint, hate Comcast.
    1888 days ago
    Call Verizon and ask for a Remedy Trouble Ticket to be submitted for your address. When you call to do this, call from a different phone and have your cell phone with you. These tickets are worked by actual engineers and not regular technical support.
    1888 days ago
    If it's any consolation (and I'm under no illusions that it is, lol) The Powers That Be work the same way here as they do there - and as you so rightly say, get away with it because they can...
    1888 days ago
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