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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6150 on: December 03, 2012, 12:36:12 PM »
We recently called to have Internet turned on at our house. We chose self installation because we have a modem and router. When we went to hook up them, we realized all we have is a phone jack. We called the provider and tried to explain the problem and could we please have a technician out. The technician came out and "repaired the line" but never came in the house (we thought he never even showed up, called today, and that's what the told us). I was frustrated and knew I might lose it a little, so I thanked the lady an hung up.

I just want Internet hooked up and I feel like I'm up against a brick wall. How can I set up Internet with just a single phone jack? If it helps, we have a Motorola Surfboarf 6020 modem.

It would be one thing if it were a DSL modem, but this sounds like a cable modem.  Am I right in assuming you don't have cable TV?

We have DirectTv. Can we get an adapter to split the co-ax cable?
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6151 on: December 03, 2012, 01:12:26 PM »
It can vary according to the library. My library uses adobe digital editions.(epub). it's good as there are lots of e-books in that format out there for free too.

p.s here's a strange thing about my library is that it's downloadable collection is shared by a library system 2 states away.
Does anybody else have trouble with free downloadable books?  I had a lot of them, but they all develop the same problem.  In the early part of the book, you push the next page button or swipe the screen and the next page comes up immediately, as it should.  About halfway through it starts taking a couple of seconds to bring up the next page.  This delay time increases with every page, so that by the time you're three-quarters of the way through, it takes a full 20 seconds before the next page shows.  I just quit on one that was not only taking a long time, but the warnings that it wasn't responding kept cropping up.  I finally went to our shelves and pulled out the hardcopy just so that I could finish it!  >:(   Yes, the resizable text in the Nook is nice, but when I can read a page 4 times over before it comes to the next one, that's really annoying!

Depends where you're getting the freebies, and what the size of the files it. Sometimes huge books (I read Robert Jordan. His books are all 850+ pages) start getting laggy at the end. Something to do with the amount of data it has to skip past to get the next chunk.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6152 on: December 03, 2012, 03:18:49 PM »
I have a friend who I want to give two items to: a gift card and a fridge magnet.  I want to send them as cheaply as possible, so thought of just putting both in a plain envelope with the Christmas card, sending that first class.  But then I thought to myself, would the magnet screw things up along the way?  The USPS scanners and sorters, would it demagnetize the gift card along the way?  So I ask you: CAN I do this without screwing something up?  If yes, alternate ideas?

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6153 on: December 03, 2012, 03:21:02 PM »
I have a friend who I want to give two items to: a gift card and a fridge magnet.  I want to send them as cheaply as possible, so thought of just putting both in a plain envelope with the Christmas card, sending that first class.  But then I thought to myself, would the magnet screw things up along the way?  The USPS scanners and sorters, would it demagnetize the gift card along the way?  So I ask you: CAN I do this without screwing something up?  If yes, alternate ideas?

If you tape them side by side you should be fine - and most gift cards have a number that's crucial, not a magnetic strip, so it may not even be an issue at all. Call the card issuing company and ask them about the policy on demagnetized cards (most will replace for free) just to be sure.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6154 on: December 03, 2012, 03:32:56 PM »
Why do I get a roaring noise in my ears when something painful is in my eye or I hurt my nose?

I have sort of a spin-off question about weird body noises. Does anyone else hear a weird hissing sort of noise in the back of their neck when they're really hungry? It kind of sounds like water tricking through a very tiny hose. Is this normal? What causes it?

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6155 on: December 03, 2012, 05:02:22 PM »
All these weird sounds in people's heads probably have to do with sinus'.  Often people only think if nasal sinus' when they hear the word, but really a sinus is just a canal through bone.  There are tons of them in the head, because if there weren't and our skulls were solid bone, they'd be too heavy to hold up. So each of you probably has some sort of fluid or gases running through your various cranial sinus' that are either being exacerbated due to something (hunger, pain, inflammation, etc) or becoming more noticeable due to something.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6156 on: December 03, 2012, 05:07:48 PM »
We recently called to have Internet turned on at our house. We chose self installation because we have a modem and router. When we went to hook up them, we realized all we have is a phone jack. We called the provider and tried to explain the problem and could we please have a technician out. The technician came out and "repaired the line" but never came in the house (we thought he never even showed up, called today, and that's what the told us). I was frustrated and knew I might lose it a little, so I thanked the lady an hung up.

I just want Internet hooked up and I feel like I'm up against a brick wall. How can I set up Internet with just a single phone jack? If it helps, we have a Motorola Surfboarf 6020 modem.

It would be one thing if it were a DSL modem, but this sounds like a cable modem.  Am I right in assuming you don't have cable TV?

We have DirectTv. Can we get an adapter to split the co-ax cable?

That's a cable modem. It probably won't work with anything but cable, and then only downloading -- you need a land line for uploading -- DirecTV is just a receiver. Who did you call to get the "Internet turned on"? Direct-TV? Your local phone provider? Since you have a phone jack, it sounds like you called the phone provider who put in a DSL line. You need a different modem for that.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6157 on: December 03, 2012, 05:14:48 PM »
We recently called to have Internet turned on at our house. We chose self installation because we have a modem and router. When we went to hook up them, we realized all we have is a phone jack. We called the provider and tried to explain the problem and could we please have a technician out. The technician came out and "repaired the line" but never came in the house (we thought he never even showed up, called today, and that's what the told us). I was frustrated and knew I might lose it a little, so I thanked the lady an hung up.

I just want Internet hooked up and I feel like I'm up against a brick wall. How can I set up Internet with just a single phone jack? If it helps, we have a Motorola Surfboarf 6020 modem.

It would be one thing if it were a DSL modem, but this sounds like a cable modem.  Am I right in assuming you don't have cable TV?

We have DirectTv. Can we get an adapter to split the co-ax cable?

That's a cable modem. It probably won't work with anything but cable, and then only downloading -- you need a land line for uploading -- DirecTV is just a receiver. Who did you call to get the "Internet turned on"? Direct-TV? Your local phone provider? Since you have a phone jack, it sounds like you called the phone provider who put in a DSL line. You need a different modem for that.

However, the DSL modem *does* work over a standard phone line.  So your single phone jack would be enough (although they used to require filters... I'm not sure about currently.)
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6158 on: December 03, 2012, 05:17:59 PM »
However, the DSL modem *does* work over a standard phone line.  So your single phone jack would be enough (although they used to require filters... I'm not sure about currently.)

I think you still need to add filters for every jack that has a conventional phone plugged in. Or, have the filter put in at the MPE and run a specific unfiltered line to where the DSL modem is plugged in.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6159 on: December 03, 2012, 05:24:15 PM »
My library also uses Overdrive and Adobe Digital Editions.  I have a Nook Tablet.  Once you get the hang of it, downloading digital library books is easy.  I can also choose to check out for 7, 14 or 21 days.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6160 on: December 03, 2012, 05:47:29 PM »
RE: Nook & Libraries --

Thank you everybody that responded. ;D

I looked up Mom's library and sent an inquiry to the Librarian. I received quite a lengthy (personal) response explaining all the details (I'll print out the e-mail and give it to Mom along with the gift.)

They are part of a library co-op so there are plenty of books available. They do use Overdrive, and are compatible with Kindle, Nook, even lap-top readers. It sounded like the most difficult part will be the initial set-up/sign-in process and librarian said that if there is any problems at all Mom can just bring her Nook in and they will gladly help her.

So, I think we have a "GO!" for Moms x-mas gift!



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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6161 on: December 03, 2012, 06:34:13 PM »
However, the DSL modem *does* work over a standard phone line.  So your single phone jack would be enough (although they used to require filters... I'm not sure about currently.)

I think you still need to add filters for every jack that has a conventional phone plugged in. Or, have the filter put in at the MPE and run a specific unfiltered line to where the DSL modem is plugged in.

I am thoroughly and utterly embarrassed for myself  :-[ :-[ :-[.  I didn't know they still made DSL modems and thought cable ones were the only kind...and I call myself a gamer... ::)

Ahem.  I bought a DSL modem and solved the problem for myself. 
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6162 on: December 03, 2012, 06:46:30 PM »
However, the DSL modem *does* work over a standard phone line.  So your single phone jack would be enough (although they used to require filters... I'm not sure about currently.)

I think you still need to add filters for every jack that has a conventional phone plugged in. Or, have the filter put in at the MPE and run a specific unfiltered line to where the DSL modem is plugged in.

I am thoroughly and utterly embarrassed for myself  :-[ :-[ :-[.  I didn't know they still made DSL modems and thought cable ones were the only kind...and I call myself a gamer... ::)

Ahem.  I bought a DSL modem and solved the problem for myself.

Well!  There you go.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6163 on: December 03, 2012, 06:59:21 PM »
Why do some cell phone calls sound like the caller is in the bottom of a barrel?  DH can call me on his cell and the sound is crystal-clear.  When DD#2 calls, there is so much reverb that I have to ask her to repeat the bits that I can't make a reasonable guess at.  She can hear me just fine.

DH and I have two older bottom-of-the-line Motorola flip-phones.  DD has a new top-of-the-line Android.  All of us are on Verizon.  So what gives?  Why does the "better" phone have the worst sound?
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6164 on: December 03, 2012, 08:29:46 PM »
A lot of the newer high-end smartphones are packed with so much technology that the manufacturers forgot it still needs to function as a phone. ::)
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