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we're chained

I also still have ethernet cable to pin up, and a long extension to the TV to make. We'll need four sockets near the TV now and maybe another few later, as well as the ariel, and naturally we have decided to put it against a wall with none. We also need four sources of power near the phone (for radiophone, answerphone, hub and modem), and of course there were none, so all four power leads are currently running under the door to the kitchen. All this has decided me that all houses built under my rule in future should have a power/data strip running around every wall that you can jack into at any point (and of course all phone, network and TV should run down the same cable). Also every electrical device should run off the same voltage as said strip and not require all those chunky and subtly different adapters which don't-quite-fit on the multiway. My hub doesn't even say on it what voltage it wants, and guess who didn't lable which adapter belonged to which device before she moved? Now I'm going round labelling them with a silver pen to prevent a repeat performance...

Also neither my LJ client nor Explorer will recognise the internet from this computer, while Mozilla is fine, which is weird. Ho hum.

And am now late for work. More rantage will have to wait.


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25th Jun, 2003 00:43 (UTC)
I'm really glad your new flat is working out - it sounds cool to be so near to the centre of town! (if the road I think you're in is the one you're actually in - the hill with all the punky/tat shops on the left hand side as you go up, yes?). I could even drop in next time I'm there! (Only with warning - I hate it when people visit unannounced.)
25th Jun, 2003 01:13 (UTC)
That's where we are, and it would be lovely to see you!
25th Jun, 2003 03:53 (UTC)
Power strips: good. Cable ties, also good. (Y'know, the rat-tail type plastic thingies?)

Poundstretcher on Leith Walk -- and probably elsewhere -- sell vertical ten-socket mains adapters. They sit on a circular stand and form a vertical bar, with five sockets up each side, and they sell 'em for a tenner. Stick a surge suppressor on one and you're in business.

One of the annoying things about modern electrics is the proliferation of kit that runs on low-voltage DC, necessitating lots of anonymous black boxy transformers that (a) won't occupy a standard mains socket next to each other and (b) have anonymous-looking trailing wires. Cable ties and a Dymo labeller come in handy here, as once you've got more than three of them they'll form a gordian knot of wires and you won't be able to tell the plugs apart. At least, in my experience.
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