ADSL Blues

Well, since early December, me an my ADSL Max connection have not been seeing eye to eye.

Instead of my normally perfect connection (at the full speed of 8Mbps), I've been getting a varying connection from 6Mbps all the way to 256Kbps. Yes, that is Kbps...

Finally a BT Engineer came out this afternoon (and in typical fashion, the damn line has been behaving this morning!), and concluded that it could be a bad Master Socket due to an intermittent issue he was seeing too. Anyway, replaced and off he went.

Since this all started, I've been reading up a lot on ADSL technologies, including the theory behind how it all works, etc, and have recently been tracking the Signal to Noise ratios on my router (both upstream and downstream).

Interestingly, my downstream SNR bounces between 2 or 3 dB all the way to 7 or 8 dB. No reasoning behind it either it seems - not weather, time of day or loading. Just fairly random. Since he replaced the socket it's sitting at 5.5 dB happily. Fingers crossed. 
(As a side note, he says 6 or 7 dB is the target, anything less is a bit iffy at times). Most perplexingly, his tests revealed I'm only 1Km away from the exchange - that's well within the 8Mbps range.

Anyway time will tell I suppose.

 - Yes I did try disconnecting all extensions
 - And replacing all the splitters (and running without a splitter and only the router connected)
 - And on the BT Test Socket
 - And another router

Oh, and if anyone would like a monitor app for a Cisco 837 let me know - it uses the SNMP traps :)

Apple iPhone

There has been a lot of hype about the new Apple iPhone, the litigation that will no doubt start between Apple and Cisco and the extreme cost of the handset (some are saying $200 or more, with a 2 year contract).

All in all, a successfully product launch - what better way to get attention!

What I would like on my Windows Mobile device is the "Slide to unlock" feature. Now that's nice ...

Maybe I'll write something, or someone can point me at one that someone has already written ;)

Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket Loox T830

Well, I have had the Pocket Loox T830 for just over a week now, and so far, I like it :).  I have, unfortunatly, had one major crash on the Fujitsu splash screen that required a hard reset (loosing all my data etc) to get past. Annoying, but my old Smartphone (SPV C500) used to do that very often - every 3 days at best!

- VERY fast CPU
- Stable - at least, as far as WM goes!
- Built in GPS
- Brilliantly clear screen, IMO

- Fairly chunky and weighty (but this is something I don't really care about!)
- Screen is really too small for GPS use, while driving. VERY good while walking however.

The keyboard takes a bit of getting used to, but then again, all of these thumb keyboards do.

Overall, I really like this device. I certainly suits a techi down to the ground :).

Some pics (borrowed from FSC website ;)).