Site ColumnsBy Christian
July 16, 2000 - 11:59 AM
Well, I've arrived in England, though, as could perhaps be expected, the phone connection isn't working as it should right now. This mostly has to do with the British refusal to adopt any kind of standard, though they'll undoubtedly say the same about us. Then again, they also insist that we Europeans are driving on the wrong side of the road, so what do they know :-)?
Anyway, a few months ago I was told (by an Englishman) there would be an ISDN connection here. When arriving, I found a phone from 1993, when I don't think ISDN even existed yet, plus the person in charge of the property here reacted with this blank stare when I mentioned the ISDN line ("eh? Yes, we have a telephone.") So I'm suspecting there's actually just an analog line here, but I'm not 100% certain (it's a small white plug with a little flap on the right side, in case that sounds familiar to any of you).
Problem is, of course, that my own analog plug is several times the size a British one, so will never plug in the socket. I've already cut open the cable and am trying to connect the four little cables inside it with the corresponding ones in the British cable, but if I still remember this correctly that means there are actually 24 possibilities I will have to try out - double that if none work and I'm going to try the same thing with my ISDN cable, in case there isn't actually an analog line here. In case that doesn't work, I'll be buying a new cable to connect to my computer in a British store tomorrow, when the shops open again, so hopefully that should work.
Meanwhile, right now I'm able to at least connect to the internet via my cell phone, though that only gives me a 9600bps transfer speed at rather inflated prices, so today there'll again be a much smaller update than usual.
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