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Getting Verizon High Speed Internet to work with a generic Modem:
West Coast, (uses DHCP "Dynamic IP") see: http://forum1.netgear.com/showthread.php?t=39099
Linux, see: http://www.humans-enabled.com/2007/06/verizon-dsl-doesnt-support-linux.html

This is a short guide to the proper settings to get a modem to work with Verizon's High Speed Internet in the East coast region. I had a great deal of frustration dealing with this myself so I am posting my settings so other's can avoid such frustration.

First, follow the basic installation instructions to connect the correct cables, filter and power settings.

Second, RESPOND TO THE ACTIVATION EMAIL! Going to activate.verizon.net has to establish an account for the webpage. This is important because the same username and password are used to configure your modem.

Third, wait for your service ready date.

Settings for the modem (your modem may have slightly different options):
VPI: 0
VCI: 35

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Note: The username you type into your modem should be lower-case.
19th-May-2012 06:42 pm - Moved to VA
Haruhi Suzumiya
I have moved to Alexandria, Virginia for my new job at the Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
30th-Apr-2012 12:45 pm - New Job: Patent Examiner at the USPTO
Basepair Belong to Us
I've just been hired by the USPTO as a patent examiner
. . .
so I'll be moving to DC.
. . .
super excited, but I have a ton of forms to fill out for HR before my first day.
28th-Apr-2012 09:07 am - Pardon the puns - Love & War
Basepair Belong to Us
Q: What do you get when somebody who is D'bomb meets somebody who is Hot'Stuff?

A: Love shrapnel and collateral romance.

Okay, I just wanted an excuse to use the phrase "love shrapnel" in some context for the juxtaposition and extreme contrast.
9th-Mar-2012 10:51 am - Life update - and I'm published
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First, I don't think I have mentioned this, but I am officially published in a scientific journal. I am the least important second author but still...:
The proteomic response of sea squirts (genus Ciona) to acute heat stress: a global perspective on the thermal stability of proteins

For reference as to what the author listings mean see: http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=562 I was an undergraduate at the time, so I would be a "middle author."

Second, life update: life is good. These days I am part-time patent attorney doing contract legal work and developing my law practice, and part-time math tutor (1st grade-Calculus). I don't make a lot of money, but I make enough that I don't have any serious concerns about paying my student loans. In general I have lot of free time which I am fortunate to spend with my wonderful girlfriend. In the next few weeks two of my job applications made it through the initial cut and might lead to interviews in the coming weeks. One of these I think chances of getting an interview is more likely than not, which is good. It would be very nice to be working full-time instead of part-time on this and that. This particular job sounds especially nice because it sounds like I'll be able to use my technical know-how and computer skills. So, yes, life is definitely good.
Basepair Belong to Us
"The formatting in this document is too complex. Please full save the document now."

This apparently has something to do with bugs in "track changes" - and despite Microsoft's tacit acknowledgment that I am dealing with complicated documents, I am not enthused at this error notice. It causes it to hang if you try to save your document, fail to respond, and eat up tons of processor time doing a dumpprep report. Boooo...

Fix - abandon that version of the draft and start again from a recently saved backup draft. You did create a backup draft, didn't you? (If not you could probably copy and paste special (unformatted text) into a new document to recover the text in a format which could be saved).
10th-Jan-2012 09:56 pm - sick
Blah,... I hate being sick. I couldn't work today, except work from home, and the way it is going it doesn't look like I'll be able to work tomorrow either. I suppose like everybody who is sick, I just want to be better and get back to work.
17th-Dec-2011 12:42 am - Foray into programming
Basepair Belong to Us
For a new programming project I thought I would investigate new programming languages, packages, IDE's and the sort to take advantage of improvements made since the last time I did any programming. For this project I thought I would try Clojure.

After sifting through the multitude of available packages and plugins I seemed to have found a package set which would work for me: Curl, Leiningen, Emacs, Clojure-mode for Emacs, SLIME, and Noir - not to mention some decompression programs gzip and 7-zip.
This whole project was derailed because I was unable to get Leiningen to run on my windows machine (yes, I have java installed). It probably would work on a linux machine if I were running Ubuntu, but I don't have that luxury.

Instead I decided to use python, and Pyramid for a web framework.

Well, today has been several hours of frustration . . . and only now does it seem the project is even getting off the ground. Well, it is late now so I'll be going to bed before I'll see if python is going to work for this. I'll update after I make some significant progress on this new project, which considering I have other work and this is only a side project - it will probably be a while.
Basepair Belong to Us
Several months ago I decided that the American Bar Association (ABA) wasn't worth being a part of. They don't seem to get anything done and do not foster productive conversations. Furthermore, the written publications of the ABA read much more like a tabloid than a legitimate news source.

This is in stark contrast to a real bar association like the California Bar Association. I say a real bar association because California, like all other states, is in charge of regulating admission to practice law in its state. You may only practice law in a state if you are a member of that states bar association, with the sole exception of patents which are instead federally regulated by the USPTO. Unlike all of the state bar associations, the ABA does not control admission to practice anywhere.

Like the many that have come before me I have realized I should leave the ABA and instead focus my efforts on real bar associations like the State bar associations.
10th-Oct-2011 08:35 pm - Armed forces division: Cyber Force
Basepair Belong to Us
This is a little different from my usual posts,
I was listening to NPR and a discussion of the importance of cyber space to the stability to global commerce in the South Pacific
. . .
and with all the discussion I thought, well, the Air Force was created because of the importance of control of air space in resolving global conflicts, has cyber space (The Internet) become important enough to justify creation of a new branch of the armed forces?

I think the answer might be yes, but apart from that this led me to think what they would call it . . .
the Air Force protects air space,
would the Cyber Force protect cyber space?

At this point the name Cyber Force hit all my nerd buttons and we totally have to have a Cyber Force. It could revolutionize TV-stereotypes about the military if there were a Cyber Force.
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