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#InternetWithoutPLwouldbenice

To get your internet working properly is kind a pain in the ass here. I’ve been told stories that it could be not that easy, but I expected it to be easier. First things first, when I came to the appartment Internet was already working, but not really working. Back then I’ve had like 30% of Packetloss to any destination. So it wasn’t only home to austria, it was anywhere.

#Ticketcreation

I created a Ticket with the ISP and they sent someone over the next day. We checked the cabling, attached the Laptop directly to the modem, usual stuff. Then he measured the line and there was something like -10 signal which isn’t that pretty. So we searched in the house cable distribution cabinets for the right cable. Took us more than an hour as it wasn’t tagged. Finally found it, signal input to the cable to my appartment was +21 which I was told to be a good value. After reattaching all cables Packetlosswas down to 5% 🙂

#ConstructionCrew

There has to come a construction Crew over to fix this, as the cable is old standard and a new one should be used here. He will place an order with them and they will come within the next days. They called the phone number from the contract and an appointment was set, but noone came. Sayed something like, something has been changed and it should work now. Packetloss was almost gone, and it was really kinda working. Yes, I in person do have a high tolerance to fault.

#SissyphusAndOddzsseus

One or two weeks later, colleagues started to mention that they don’t hear me and the video is blurry in austria. So I raised a new Ticket with ISP, stating that there’s been one and construction crew did not replace the cable yet they should reopen the old ticket and finally send construction crew over. „Sorry Sir, there’s no process for this, I’ll send you an Engineer to check the line, they can then create an order with construction crew.“ Finally I found this american style. Friendly, but do not ever doubt the process. Okay, next day there will be an Engineer onsite.

#FriendlyButNotHelpful

There were two, they called the wrong number again, also I requested them to update the number. Anyway, since I was expecting that I was waiting downstairs for them, talked to them and yes they were here for me but couldn’t reach me on the wrong phone number. Talked through the history. „We will measure the line and raise an order with construction team then.“ The order with Construction Team was raised and I received a call with an Appointment for the following day 8am to 12pm.

#WaitingForContstructionTeam

So I got up early to wait for them. 7:50 I went downstairs, have a smoke and wait for those guys. 8:40 I went back to the appartment as it seemd as if noone would come anyway. Back in the appartment I called all the numbers I got so far from ISP. Unfortunatelly only number answering the phone was Servicedesk and they explained to me that the appointment is for 9am to 5pm.

#wonthappen

That’s what the tech said who came over to replace the cabling. As he was not allowed to run the cabling on the ceiling, and he’s not going to do it in another way. So I asked Facility Management, they had to clarify with some kind of supervisor, which did not happen for quite a while, so I decided to go with an alternateive. There’s another cable run in the building, CAT5 and I could use that one, with another Provider of course…

#gatheringinformationfornewinternet

So I called in to their hotline to gather some information about their service. This is by the way when this tweet was sent:

There were some other questions, like how does authentication work, static IP Address assignemt, what kind of Router to you provide and so on… None of them got answered, nice… So I decided to just order another Internet couldn’t get worse at that point.

#anothertechcomingover

After I haven’t heard anything from them for about a week I got another voicemail, americans love to leave you a Voice Message, I still hate it! He’s about to arrive in 20mins. Nice, so maybe I’ll have „great internet again“. From that point on it was just a question of time until I had internet, sad thing though I need to authenticate via PPoE and the Netgear Router I bought isn’t capbable of that. So here we go, Netgear Router giveaway! Pickup in Santa Monica or shipping I won’t pay for shiping though.

#INTERNETWORKING

#hopefullyendofstory

Second story for today will be about my road trip to Fremont where I met with a colleague from austria. Below what I saw most of the time 😉

#interstate5
#interstate5

#SantaMonica #PhotoSession

#AnalogPhotography

Yes I still stick to analogue photograph techniques for several reasons, you don’t do hundrets of pictures of the same spot, so you will not have to delete like 9 out of 10 photos. I inherited an old Minolta i7000 from my grandpa, not the best SLR camera but for me she fits. So on a sunday I decided to pick her out of her box and see what she’s capable for at the other side of the world.

#firstuptotheroof

First steps first, so I went up to the roof and took some shots north, south, east and west.

#palmandothertrees
#palmandothertrees
#cementcity
#cementcity

#letsgoforaride

After the first look arround, from seventh floor I grabbed my bike and went for a ride. And if it wasn’t for the 36 pictures on the film, I’d taken loads of fotos, like every street looked interesting at that moment. But, yeah, let’s not overdo this I got 36 pictures to go.

#endleslongstreets
#endleslongstreets

#theyarehereagain

So I went down to the pier, to see if there’s something worth making a picture of, and there were loads of motives. For some I could not get the right spot to make a picture, there’s a traffic light next to the Pier where thousands of people, cars, bikes and stuff cross. But you should take a picture from above to get the feeling, hopefully I’ll find a spot someday. But I found those guys again, playing music in the pedastrianarea

#lightfootmusic
#lightfootmusic

#theweather-Cloudy #andpartlysunny

I could take some shots of the ocean, the Pier and the Beach, I picked out the most beautiful one. You still see it was really foggy and cloudy and there was sunshine. Good thing, I got not sunburned.

#foggyandsunny
#foggyandsunny

#birdsfallingintotheocean

I saw this one bird falling into the ocean over and over again. I don’t know what kind of bird it is, I guess a heron, I don’t know, if anybody knows what kind of bird that is, please let me know. Actually I did some research, but I’m not a good animal researcher.

#icalluaheron
#icalluaheron

And as usual, I know somebody who knows the correct answer 🙂 Thank you Anna! The bird is called cormorant and the pictures shown on google remind me of what I saw when I took above picture. So we’re good to call it cormorant.

#cleaningthebeachforyou

There was this one guy I liked. He was cleaning the beach, wearing headphones, listening to the sound of metals in the beach. So over here they take care of everything. Maybe we do that too in europe, no idea, haven’t been to that many beaches…

#metaldetector
#metaldetector

#laststopSkatepark

Initially I was thinking about starting my skateboard carrer over again. I’ve done some awesome tricks back in the days, kickflik, pop shove it, heelfip, noseslide, ollie and once in a while I managed to stand a 360 flip. But when I was at the skatepark I was like, maybe I should think about that again, when I saw all those guys do crazy stuff. There was this one girl like 7 or 9 years top, she did some crazy 540 backflick out of the bowl several times, I did not get a photo of that. But I guess @retrograding will get her shot one day. He’s got some awesome stuff at his instagram page.

#handstandmaybe
#handstandmaybe

#comeoneverybodyitspicturetime

few minutes before I left the sky turned read and guess what, #EVERYBODY had to take a picture of it, so here’s my picture of people taking pictures of themselves and the sky. It was beautiful though.

#everybodygotatakepicturenow
#everybodygotatakepicturenow

#SantaMonica #youarewelcome

#workingabroad

It’s been a while now since I entered the United States on April 17th. Yes I’ve been here before and I’ve seen some places before. But no I did not have an idea what to expect, what was going to come, what the next weeks and months will be like.

Okay, I knew that there’s a Pier in Santa Monica, I knew that this Pier is well known arround the world and especially to the gaming community, they have seen this Pier in several games. Don’t care which ones GTA5 of course and others.

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

#expectations

But what else could I expect? Where would I live? It has been taken care of Appartment, Car, Furniture and so on. All I had to do was: come here, get the keys and check out the Internet Connection. Make WIFI great again and find a bike.

US Bike #fixie
US Bike #fixie

And now? It seems like everybody back in austria is expecting daily updates from me, how do you do? Have you already met new people? It seemed as if the questions asked changed slightly but basically they were just the same. Back home it were questions like. Bist scho aufgregt? Host scho pockt? And so on, so basically nothing changed at all, except the place I’m working at, and the Internet connection type changed from good internet to fucking bad internet with 30% Packetloss. So I got a first mission.

#MakeInternetGreatAgain

So I raised a Ticket with ISP and I was pretty excited when they told me an engineer will come over on the following day, that’s something you definitively cannot expect in Austria. So on the next day at 8am there was this guy calling, he sounded pretty pissed, don’t know why. Anyhow he came up to the Appartment, asked if I tried directly connecting and the whole stuff, then after he measured the cable he saw that the upstream signal was pretty shitty. Took us two hours to find out that inhouse cabling is old and shitty and construction crew would be needed to fix this. Unfortunatelly this did not happen until now. Will be done soon, hopefully, working will be more fun than again, I guess?

#StreetMusicArtists

So I went arround in Santa Monica, to see something, see the Pier, see the Street, see Santa Monica, as touristic as it could be. There’s a nice pedestrian area near the Pier, yes, ther’re only shops, all the way, you can compare it to #Herrengasse. But there’s way better street arts, musicans are great! By now I’ve seen them twice and I really liked what they’re doing!

@lightfootmusic
@lightfootmusic

#Zlatan #youarewelcome #Aljoscha

So guys are british are’nt ya? So when you’re in a foreign City and you know #Zlatan is here you should somehow figure out where to whatch the game. And there was an english pub in the middle of the tourist district. Anyway, there was a chance to see tonights game there. #Zlatan against someone. Met a guy who’s a subcontractor at the airport doing some stuff, no Idea what, can’t remember. Had loads of beer, unexpectedly good beer. Santa Monica Brew Works.

Ye Olde King's Head
Ye Olde King’s Head

Okay you cannot see anything here, but, I swear, believe me… it’s beer and bar and Football(original of course).

#BeerAgainPlease

So a week was gone and I still did not know anybody, except contacts from work, but shouldn’t there be another way to get in touch with people? Yes, let’s grab a beer at that english bar, there will be nice people. And indeed, there are english people, one guy from Manchester, „u wount andastand a gai from mantschesta“, and this guy from Liverpool. Unexpectedly they’re best friends, though one of of them is Liverpool FC and the other one Manchester United. And you know, everybody rememberes the fight, Mählich against Backham, right, do you? I hated that United player for not getting a card! Manchester folks do not even remember…

Liverpool FC
Liverpool FC

#theZlatanShow

Guess what, the day after I went to Stub Hub Center, on the other side of Los Angeles. To see, yes, exactly that one swedish guy who scored in his first game, who shot a goal nobody here has ever seen. Okay, the show was mainly from the audience, LA Galaxy fans do a good job here, they handed out cheet sheats for their songs. Some of them en espanol and some of them in english. Anyway they lost 🙁 I’ll go there again though.

the #zlatan show
the #zlatan show

#ConcertsInBars

So I saw what soccer is like here, next should be Music, my sister in law reminded me of what she knew from american TV series and films, there were bards with live music, so I looked one up. Harvelles Santa Monica, kinda sweet, I guess not great though. Went out to see Jeff Dale, and I still feel like I’ve heard that name before. Anyhow, I’m pretty sure I haven’t ever before heard of that guy.

Jeff Dale @Harvelles Santa Monica
Jeff Dale @Harvelles Santa Monica

And the concert itself? Funny experience, Jeff interacted with the „crowd“, wasn’t a croud, the bar was pretty empty arround 20 people. But „yeah, I’ve seen that now“.