The Newtown Pentacle

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It’s only the third most hated company in America? @twc_help

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The whole Time Warner Cable situation has me down.

Here’s the story – which is being said out loud just for the sake of sanity – back in January, the Internet service started cutting out sometime between 10 p.m. and 12:30 A.M., eventually re asserting itself after a random interval. The first week or so, I chalked it up to TWC upgrading something upstream from my connection, or performing some sort of maintenance. After the 2nd week of interruption, I called in and reported the issue. As it continued into February, I began to time my calls so that the TWC rep could remotely “ping” my modem and visualize what was happening with their network diagnostic tools.

from wikipedia

In the case of uncertainty, expectation is what is considered the most likely to happen. An expectation, which is a belief that is centered on the future, may or may not be realistic. A less advantageous result gives rise to the emotion of disappointment. If something happens that is not at all expected it is a surprise. An expectation about the behavior or performance of another person, expressed to that person, may have the nature of a strong request, or an order.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The network “pings” revealed that something was causing “48% packet loss” which is a technical term that refers to a sort of interference wherein two connected devices (server and modem) are having trouble communicating. It’s a bit more complicated than that, of course, but basically the modem is unable to supply a network connection which will allow my gizmos to connect to the web. TWC decided this was puzzling, and after forcing me to do their whole “unplug the modem, restart the computer” nonsense, agreed to send out a technician. Two missed appointments later, somebody showed up and replaced the modem. The problem persisted despite this.

from wikipedia

A delusion is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary. As a pathology, it is distinct from a belief based on false or incomplete information, confabulation, dogma, illusion, or other effects of perception.

Delusions typically occur in the context of neurological or mental illness, although they are not tied to any particular disease and have been found to occur in the context of many pathological states (both physical and mental). However, they are of particular diagnostic importance in psychotic disorders including schizophrenia, paraphrenia, manic episodes of bipolar disorder, and psychotic depression.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Part of the reason I hate this organization as much as I do, and I am not alone in this ennui, is that in order to solve the problems which manifest from their end the customer has to manage the situation. From my first call, I asserted that the problem was not within my walls, rather it was an issue emanating from outside of them. They sent out a “Tier 3″ guy who was afraid of the dog, who confirmed my assertion and ordered a lineman crew out. The lineman told me “yeah, the unit on the utility pole is working fine, as is your modem. The issue is actually with the wires running between the pole and your house, which show all the signs of water infiltration.” He arranged for the wires to be replaced.

Yesterday, when the “replace” guy showed up, he neglected to bring a ladder, and TWC somehow intended for one guy to replace wires hanging 40 feet over the pavement that stretch 100 feet across a busy Astoria street all by himself.

from wikipedia

Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC), formerly Warner Cable Communications and sometimes colloquially referred to as simply Time Warner, is an American cable telecommunications company that operates in 29 states and has 31 operating divisions. It is the second largest cable company in the U.S. behind only Comcast, which has agreed to acquire TWC pending regulatory approval. Its corporate headquarters are located in the Time Warner Center in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

March 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm

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  1. There are other options like the satellite dish folks or those rather annoying Verizon people.
    I’ve had Netzero DSL for years with no problems.

    And you’re staying with TWC because(pick an option) a) I’m thoroughly mad in case you haven’t noticed
    old chap.

    b) I’m going to fight this pointless battle driving
    myself to apoplexy as a matter of honor, Huzzah!

    c) NOBODY defeats the Black Knight or expects
    Spanish Inquisition!

    d) I am invoking my 5th Amendment privileges on
    the grounds that I may say something that might
    sound rather silly.


    March 21, 2014 at 8:52 pm

  2. some of us are depressed into inertia.

    jaye haviland

    March 22, 2014 at 5:40 pm

  3. Similar issue here in Maine last week. But in my case the entire apartment house lost all connectivity. The tech had to splice a temporary wire from the pole to the building by laying it across the snow. The original wire goes through a conduit from the pole to the basement and apparently water inside froze to the point it crushed and broke the 8 year old wire. I have no other option as landlord does not permit antennas and the nearest broadcast tower is far away.


    March 24, 2014 at 12:28 pm

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