Fixed! DSL Debugged
For background, see DSL Doldrums and DSL Doldrums Redux.
The saga took a bizarre twist of events yesterday when it was suddenly and unexpectedly solved -- with a heroic effort by Mr. Friendly Service Technician (MFST). For reference, MFST is a gregarious individual, who should be welcomed into the home and offered coffee. Having him visit is much preferable to speaking on the phone to Surly Level 3 Technican Man (SL3TM), whom we met in "DSL Doldrums Redux."
Here's how it all ended: At approximately 2PM, a week after my initial contact with (NYSE: VZ), my DSL provider, I called to find out where the service technician was (after fighting for a week to get a service technician, they'd promised one by 1PM on Monday). I was finally connected with a stern woman who told me, "I'm sorry sir, but due to problems caused by flooding in the Northeast, all dispatches have been suspended for the week."
Yes, I thought, there's been some flooding. Some folks are probably trying to get back in their homes. I'm just some poor schmuck who needs his DSL fixed. But it seemed strange -- would the world's second largest phone company really suspend all house calls?
And then, suddenly, as she was breaking the news that a truck wouldn't show up, up strolls Verizon's MFST, literally knocking on the door while I'm on the phone.
Weird. If Verizon had indeed cancelled service calls, was this guy an imposter? Was he related to Valerie Plame? Did he work for the CIA?
At any rate, MFST was a real hero. He even looked the part, with a goatee and a cool glowing blue wireless Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) headset-thingy attached to his ear. He checked my wiring, inside and out, and identified the problem within 30 minutes. The bottom line? It was none of the things that Verizon support or myself had guessed.
Nope -- it wasn't the rain. It wasn't Adware.
Anybody care to guess what the problem was? There's a free T-shirt it in if you can guess correctly. Answer tomorrow.
— R. Scott Raynovich, US Editor, Light Reading