Thursday, December 29, 2005

T-Bone and Porkchop

The puppy on the left is T-Bone, he's the first one out the gate.

The sleepy-head is Porkchop. She's a few hours younger.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Steady Hands...

IPMS - Philippines is hosting the " 3rd IPMS Philippines Bert Anido National Scale Modeling Competition" at the Atrium of MegaMall Bldg. A in Mandaluyong City.

A lot of people...

Man, the guy who made this is one talented, and patient guy! This is a very large diorama, the pictures below are taken from different angles.

The figures are little under 2 inches tall.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Lousy Support... Part 2.

I posted about my problem regarding my DSL connection a while ago. We didn't have any Internet connection in the house for a couple of weeks, partly because of PLDT's rather slow response to our predicament.

Well, a week or two ago, a technician from the company finally arrived to do some repairs. And sure enough, the problem was on their side. There was nothing wrong with my phoneline, there was nothing wrong with the modem, and sure as hell, there was definitely nothing wrong with my computer. It turned out that our connection to the CO was "disabled" accidentally. What the hell was that all about?

Two weeks and all the customer support people had to do was call up the Central Office (or whatever the hell CO stands for) and ask them to check my connection. Instead they kept on saying, "We'll follow up your repair request at the nearest business center."

One would think that that's the end of the problem. Oh, no sireebob. Perhaps it is their position as the biggest ISP/Telco in the country - I might be wrong on that claim, though - that they can afford to do things half-assed. Right after we got the connection back, another problem cropped up. I have this strong feeling that they assigned us to the wrong subscriber plan.

We are subscribed to the highest residential DSL plan. That's P3000 a month. Theoretically, we should be getting 1 mbps (1024 kbps) on our downloads. That was true before the 'accident'. Now that they've repaired it, we are stuck at sub-500kbps speeds. I have been calling PLDT's DSL Hotline since I noticed the discrepancy. I had to go through all the points in their checklist, again. I kept on telling them that we are capped at the wrong speed, and they kept on saying, "We will forward/follow-up your service request at the nearest business center."

I even sent them screenshots just to prove my case. Just to make things clear, the red bars represent the download speed. In the screenshot, you'll notice that it doesn't get any higher, not even spikes. That's indicative of a capped connection, and at that speed, I am definitely not getting my money's worth.

And it seems that I'm not the only one having problems with PLDT's after-sales support.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Young once...

I had just finished watching Space Camp. Guess who I saw? I didn't know Johnny Cash was in it. ;)

Friday, December 02, 2005

A new grandpa...

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Our yellow lab, Amber, gave birth to six puppies this morning. Two of them didn't make it, unfortunately. She had a hard time with the last five puppies so we had to call the vet to come in and help her with the rest. I have never seen a dog give birth before, and I thought something was wrong with her litter. The vet assured us that they are quite healthy and are of normal size; they looked to me like a bunch of kittens dunked in syrup.

Quick Post...

I missed the D-Day landing, I had to settle for crossing the Rhine... *sigh* (Courtesy of Call of Duty 2)