Burglar Alarm

The Brinks man came this morning since we have a Brinks system preinstalled in our home. Unfortunately, they install everything except the power supply so it’s just been sitting there doing nothing for the 2 months since we moved in. The man had told me on the telephone that we’d be able to turn the system on before he left, but when he arrived it became clear to me that nothing of the sort would be true. He brought in his sales binder and gave us a 20 minute printout of a powerpoint presentation about the history of Brinks, its customers, and some details of its monitoring facility in which I had no interest. After all this, I told him I had “just one question”–“can my system be monitored if I don’t have a telephone line form the local telephone company?” We have our phone service through Vonage which comes over our internet connection. This question derailed the rest of the discussion. I also learned that the monitoring would cost $30+ per month, which was far higher than I was already prepared not to pay–a no brainer in my opinion. Hopefully the technician will be out later this week to bring an AC/DC converter so we can actually turn it on and have it make loud noises.

dark side

I have succumbed to the dark side. I have installed Windows 2000 on a machine here at the house. The machine is an AMD Athlon 1.2Ghz, which keeps freezing up under linux with Mythtv. Plus, I’ve got a few things for which I need Windows, such as the cd3o Eric got me. I can also use some of my non-Linux friendly hardware like my ATI All-In-Wonder.

strays

wednesday when we Libby came home there were two random dogs wandering in our driveway. Since then, a golden retriever and a cocker spaniel have been staying at our home, briefly. We have put an ad in the paper, called the shelters, and posted signs, but no one has called about the pups. I hope we hear from someone soon!