Skip to content

If at first you don’t succeed…

Even though you’ve tried seventeen ways to Sunday to fix it and still… You’ve tried every single way that makes sense at least to you.

Every single way that all the techies you know have told you to do including some creative put one hand behind your back and twist to the left and then plug it in but only if the moon is full in Cancer.  Like really if the moon is full in Libra, DO NOT plug it in to that port on the left.

Even if you’ve reasoned with it (just asking it to do the job I hired it to do) , singing to it ( it likes Abba way too much), bribing it ( I promised it brand new fancy coloured wiring and if it was really good a sexy new modem friend) and then finally, and I’m not proud of this, the threats. Something like you stupid piece of @#$%^%$#@@#$%^ I’m should just rip you out of the wall and be done with you.

So what do you do if none of that works and you can’t seem to find an expert to help. Yup, you guessed it. A bit of a temper tantrum.

I threw a big giant fit ( ask Debra she listened to my tirade).  I ranted and raved and stormed around and maybe shed a tear or two and then got smart and went for a cooling down walk. 

While I was gone I thought about what a network system is and what I’ve done with yarn and knitting and realized I was approaching this all wrong. So I got back and called my extremely smart and talented son and we talked through it and then we both opened a beer ( because networking requires beer) and broke out the brand new Cisco E3000 router and went to work.  We brainstormed and tested and tested some more to make sure we had the right problem to solve. It really kind of sucks to solve a problem you don’t really have. Ask me how I know?

Anyway I unplugged and replugged and moved this and that and wondered why they were even there and then plugged in the very sexy (it so is) E3000 and did everything it told us to do. Even though in all honesty neither one of us are that great at following step by step instructions. We did and viola it worked Like it really worked.  I went around to every single computer and tested the internets and printers capabilities and if it could connect to the server and… they all could and did.  It all worked and it worked way better than it ever had.  I did a happy dance and tickled the hell out of my son. I think he was maybe even a bit proud and certainly relieved.

And the best part. I understand this now. I get it the whole hub/switch box thing and the modems and router and all the wires from the barn and the dsl and and phone lines and server connection and who goes where and why.

I am no longer the blue moon network systems bitch. I am not afraid or intimidated by those wires and cables anymore.  We are all coworkers and are now establishing on a friendly relationship based on mutual understanding and resolution.

I even promised that next time maybe I would try the walk first.


Who’s the router?  Oh yeah this is the router. Meet my new friend the Cisco Kid.

So now that that dragon is slain tamed and I’ve dealt with my “stuff” about computer related wires. Hell it’s about the same as a sound system ( previous life as a sound techie) so seriously don’t know what my issue was here.

I’m going to spend the day in the barn dyeing silk.  Silk hankies, silk yarns, silk top, maybe a cocoon or two. So excited.

  1. KnittyLynn #

    That’s awesome! I’m so proud of you. I know how intimidating Technology can be, but hell humans created it so we should be able to figure it out! How wonderful it must feel to be ‘in’ on the secret of the network and no longer mystified by it. smile

    November 30, -0001
  2. Hazel Smith #

    Even though in all honesty neither one of us are that great at following step by step instructions. We did and viola it worked Like it really worked. 

    Oh no! Oh no! Oh no! Tina! Tina! The absolutely dreaded “viola” is back! At least this time, I recognized her for what she is. I didn’t have to scratch my head even once. Congratulations on your superior IT powers(and Narayan’s, of course).

    November 30, -0001
  3. Oh… that router is soooooooo sexy! Could you… could you introduce us some day? Oh my. It makes my geeky little heart go pitter-pat!

    Seriously, though, I am so glad that you found someone to help you. And so proud of you that it turned out to be yourself! You go, Tina! Geek girls rule!

    November 30, -0001
  4. Naomi #

    Hello Tina,

    So glad you got the techie stuff licked.  However, I was most intrigued as I looked at the pic of Cisco the Kid sitting on your bookshelf – Two of your books stood out very clearly for me – actually they are the only two that I could actually read the titles of – one is I Ching of the Goddess by the goddess herself – Barbara Walker and on the shelf below – Georgia O’Keefe – another goddess!!!  Both are huge favs of mine.

    Knitterly blessings,

    Naomi aka Crystal Belle

    November 30, -0001
  5. Thank goodness for sons, beers, and sexy modems!

    November 30, -0001
  6. so totally sexy. and i bet it even knows the answer to the question “Who’s your Daddy?”

    November 30, -0001
  7. sj #

    Cisco makes good stuff.

    BUT, quick, before it suffers any kind of “power interruptus”, make sure

    that you SAVE its configuration!  Do NOT simply expect your internet

    provider to do this for you.  If there is a power outage BEFORE the

    config has been saved, the box goes back to “factory default”, which

    will be useless to you.

    AND, time passes, hosts get added to the network.  SAVE the configuration

    again, so that it’s up to date.  Why do I know this?  It happens in

    large IT shops, or at home if you have static IP addresses for your

    systems instead of DHCP.  (And, static IP addresses would be absolutely

    necessary if you are running your own domain name in most cases.)

    November 30, -0001
  8. Laura Crowley #

    Silk + Dye + Barn + One Damn Sexy Router = Heaven

    November 30, -0001
  9. Chi #

    Computers always play nice when you talk to them nicely.  Occasional petting also works.  Curse them and they will throw it right back at ya in spades and curdled, green vomit.  Didn’t you know?

    November 30, -0001
  10. Mya #

    Hot router! And I’m so proud of you for figuring it out! Go you!

    November 30, -0001
  11. Sarah JS #

    Way to go, Tina & son!  You’ve given me courage to dive back into my own, small home computing issues.  Will have to pick up some beer on my way home.

    November 30, -0001
  12. There is always the “Gremlins” who come around at any given time and mess with this stuff. No matter how you may try and stand on one leg and spin around and even ask an expert those pesky Gremlins will get you each time.

    And the machines all belong to the same union there are days when none of them want to work. The more desperate I am the worse it gets. Those walks to clear your head is sometimes the only thing that works. But when the machines do work it is magic.

    Happy dyeing!


    November 30, -0001
  13. hondamom #

    You are my idol and inspiration!  I aspire to being “”one with the forces in my home.

    November 30, -0001

Comments are closed.