The biodome has been living outside full-time during these rainy days. Usually I take it in at night in case of frost, but that's not an issue with all the rain. I need to get some potting soil so I can transfer the plugs to larger pots. I also need to turn over the garden. I look with envy at the nifty little mini-tillers down at the Depot, but then I remember that the tomato patch is a whopping 12' x 4' and takes me all of 10 minutes to turn by hand with a spading fork. Sigh.
Took the Fuji out to the bike shop to have the new tires installed. They're Michelins. I put 1350 miles on the original set of Kendas, and about 140 since we noticed that the back tire was smooth as a billiard ball.
So, as I suspected, it looks like my router issues of last weekend weren't a hardware problem with the router, but rather a traffic issue on the network. I went all week with my main machine connected directly to the cable modem without any issues. Yesterday I finally got around to installing the wireless router I've had lying around here for yonks. Didn't take long to get it running, and everything seemed to work just fine, but then I realized that I needed to look at the configuration of the old router to grab some port forwarding settings. So I powered everything down, reinstalled to old router, and turned it all back on. It was all working, with no sign of the problems I'd been having. In checking the settings and such, I noticed that my IP address was different from the one I'd had for the last year or so. Somewhere along the process of me talking to tech support, and removing the old router for a week, etc., the IP address to the cable modem released and renewed to a different address, and whatever the mass of traffic that was slowing down the connection seems to have disappeared with it.
I'm still going with the wireless router, because, you know, wireless, and also because the router itself is newer and has more features. I should've done it years ago, even if just for the better features. Am I more likely to use my laptop at home now I've got wireless? I doubt it. For one thing, it's nine years old and very slow. OTOH, it was interesting to look at the wireless configuration wizard on the thing to see how many connections are available in my neighborhood.