Zoom Zoom Crash

There is now officially no form of the word ‘networking’ that I don’t hate. I have yet again being playing with the router from hell, and have to conclude we’d be better served by reverting to carrier pigeon. Did you know that Zoom adsl modems default to a 10.x.x.x ip address? It’s not a big thing, but I think they do it just to make initial configuration as annoying as possible. Zoom adsl modems also have a nice habit of waiting for something to time out on startup if they can’t connect in the same way they did before they were turned off. This timeout usually lasts about ten minutes. It’s annoying enough when you can’t figure out why it’s not working all of a sudden, so in desperation you press the hardware reset button and again come across the aforementioned 10.x.x.x ip address ‘feature’. However, you really have to have the timeout occur when you’ve got seven minutes before the place you’re working in closes to appreciate the ionospheric level of irritation it causes. So this company are going to have no network access tomorrow morning, and it’s going to be all my fault. Ho hum. The worrying thing is that I have a goddamn qualification in networking, and it’s still taking me hours and hours to figure out how to work things properly.