Verizon Wireless service has been down all day in parts Santa Clara and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley.
After spotty service last week, whatever the problem was took the service out completely for a while. Verizon Wireless service does seem to be back up for now. Who knows if there will be any word from Verizon on what caused the outage or even if they will admit to having an outage. Customers of AT&T and Sprint seem to still have cell service so it doesn’t seem to be the dreaded Solar Apocalypse.
It could quite possibly be a localized Sharknado swirling around a Verizon cell tower. Flying sharks get hungry and they’ll eat just about anything.
Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day to all of you who keep the zettabytes of cat videos constantly streaming. Also known as Sysadmin Day, SysAdminDay or just a SAAD day. System Administrator Appreciation Day is celebrated on the last Friday in July.
The Italian cruise ship that ran aground and capsized in 2012 has been half submerged off the coast of the island of Giglio so long that it is visible on Google Maps. Just enter these coordinates: 42°21′55″N 10°55′17″E and use Satellite view:
After a 19 hour industrial scale maritime operation, the Costa Concordia is now upright as of Tuesday morning September 17th Italian time. The ship is twice the weight of the Titanic. Link to Google Maps satellite view of the Costa Concordia here. Time lapse video of the Costa Concordia salvage operation: The Discovery Channel is airing a special, INSIDE RAISING CONCORDIA, premiering Friday, September 20 documenting the massive engineering effort required to raise the stricken ship.
Peter Dougan Capaldi, the Scottish actor and film director will play the next Doctor, replacing Matt Smith. Interestingly, Peter Capaldi played a WHO doctor in the recent zombie apocalypse film, World War Z. Now he will be The Doctor.
Matt Smith is set to hand the keys of the TARDIS over to Peter Capaldi later this year.
Today, March 14, or 3.14 is Pi Day. It also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday. Though he hasn’t celebrated one in a while. Pi day is popularly celebrated by geek culture with copious amounts of pie.
Originally organized in 1988 by this guy:
Not this mustached guy:
So while you’re munching a slice of apple pie and woofing down some pizza pi, remember pi is what makes circles so tasty.
Is your Comcast DVR/Cable Box slow to respond to inputs from your remote? Did you already try changing the batteries in your cable remote control?
Before you try getting a new cable box from your cable provider, try unplugging your cable box from the power to reboot the whole system. It will take a minute or so to reset, but once the cable box is back up, it should be more responsive.
The cable box is basically a computer that will need to be rebooted from time to time to clear out dead processes and refresh the system. It’s just like any other computer running an operating system, in this case the cable box is likely running some form of embedded linux, it can begin to suffer from slow response times after running non stop for a long period of time.
Your cable box can also become slow it is left on constantly and overheats. So be sure to switch it off occasionally and give it a break. Maybe go outside and take in some fresh air.