Fixed Roddy

Ok. Roddy has returned to life as a server.

By the way, my USB audio adapter, which drives the audio amplifier and external speakers I use to talk and such, just died. L I’ve already ordered a couple of replacements, but I’m stuck with Ari’s tiny speakers in the meantime.

From: Bernadete_Padua@Dell.com [mailto:Bernadete_Padua@Dell.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2011 15:34
To: royall@conchbbs.com; Christian_Pacifico@Dell.com
Subject: RE: Fixed Roddy

Very good feedback Scott. I bet it’ll be the first thing the Kian will work on when he gets back Saturday.

Good to know that Roddy is also back on duty.

From: Scott Royall [mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:53 AM
To: Pacifico, Christian
Cc: Padua – Mateo, Bernadete
Subject: Fixed Roddy

Kian,

I’m going to be a little mean.

We need to research who was the last Qualxerv tech to fix Roddy, my M1530. I remember it was an older Indian man in dapper clothes who was more concerned with avoiding my dogs than doing a good job. Tom Hicky, a Qualxerv tech I’ve known for years came to repair Roddy today, and he wasn’t amused by what he found. The last tech to reassemble the M1530 left several screws out, misaligned parts, and left some cables disconnected. That’s probably why the audio line-in jack didn’t work—it wasn’t connected.

I don’t want to see that Indian again. In fact, I’d prefer Tom whenever possible. He dreads working on Ari (yes, I agree that the M15x is a jigsaw puzzle), but he’s conscience.

Scott

Fixed Roddy

Kian,

I’m going to be a little mean.

We need to research who was the last Qualxerv tech to fix Roddy, my M1530. I remember it was an older Indian man in dapper clothes who was more concerned with avoiding my dogs than doing a good job. Tom Hicky, a Qualxerv tech I’ve known for years came to repair Roddy today, and he wasn’t amused by what he found. The last tech to reassemble the M1530 left several screws out, misaligned parts, and left some cables disconnected. That’s probably why the audio line-in jack didn’t work—it wasn’t connected.

I don’t want to see that Indian again. In fact, I’d prefer Tom whenever possible. He dreads working on Ari (yes, I agree that the M15x is a jigsaw puzzle), but he’s conscience.

Scott

A Little Dog Sense

I took my new German Shepherd, Ari, to the local park, and we noticed a nice-looking family of a father, his children, and their German Shepherd. Figuring that Ari would welcome a playmate from the Home Country, we went over to introduce ourselves. Turns out, though, that only one of the girls admitted to knowing English. Humph.

I’m sorry. I well realize I’m not the first to notice that phenomena, but, damnit, even dogs can communicate universally. It’s just basic sense that, if you move your family to another country, you should expect to learn the language! Say what you will about me, I feel like it’s Rome, 405 AD.

Arena check

I forgot to  mention that, during one of these massively multitasking sessions, Flat Ari is also using her USB/ESATA port to control what is a rather sophisticated little radio. That means pretty much emulating the front of the radio on-screen.

In short, you get a gold star for picking the M15x.

From: Scott Royall [mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2011 16:20
To: Bernadete_Padua@Dell.com
Subject: RE: Arena check

Uh, well, the furry one is progressing at her own chosen speed. She’s very sweet, certainly, but she’s still not in love with the concept of me or the wheelchair. GSDs are stubborn so this one is observing breed standards, I guess. :/

The electronic Ari has a much better report. No, the keyboard cover can’t fit under the plastic casing because the keyboard itself is a tab-in-slot arrangement leaving no room. We just have to be judicious with double-sided tape. Not pretty, but it works. In fact, Ari’s case suggests she’s run the Baja 1000 a few times. Lots of mileage well logged. The tech who replaced the last screen didn’t fully secure the center bottom panel (where all the Velcro is), it’s loose on one side. Then again, it isn’tbecoming any more loose, and it’s just a little annoying. Otherwise, the M15x version of Ari is doing well and performing feats no laptop has done before. Not many could handle talking on the radio, playing the return audio, and still have the spare horsepower for anything else I want (like streaming Netflix). I sometimes liken specific laptops to military vehicles, but we finally landed on Dell’s equivalent of a M1A2 main battle tank. There are heavier, but none more powerful and resilient at the same time.

From: Bernadete_Padua@Dell.com [mailto:Bernadete_Padua@Dell.com]
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2011 10:43
To: royall@conchbbs.com
Subject: Arena check

Hi Scott,

Haven’t heard from you lately. How are the Arena’s?

Regards

Ari

Your email is so humorous, partly because you are more correct than you likely know. Ari is almost two different dogs on and off the leash. There are still areas requiring further work when she’s off leash, but her on-leash behavior is quite impressive. We have been doing training exercises for a few weeks by literally running errands, and you’d be proud of her. Ari is facing scary things like busy roads, and she clearly draws comfort from being leashed. She frankly holds position besides the wheelchair as well as Lilly ever has, and Ari’s behavior inside stores has been fine.

The nature of my disability is such that I have to leave prong collars on both of my dogs so there are the “live rings” for me to attach leashes to with snaphooks. Unfortunately, Ari popped her live ring off in a first-week mishap that was completely understandable (she very quickly learned to never let obstacles separate her from the chair), and of course the “dead ring“ is much harder for me to access. I do have a new prong collar for Ari, but I haven’t found someone to fit it on her. Anyway, you can see why Ari needs to happily come up to the wheelchair and let me hold her collar, that’s the only way I can snap on a leash.

From: FunkenSpiel [mailto:funkenspiel@inet.hr]
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 01:59
To: royall@conchbbs.com
Subject: Re: Ari

Hello Scott,

If I can help you with my expiriance, I will say that she is safe while is on a leash – the leash gives her security.

This means she is not yet gained full confidence in you. She is young and needs a little more time. I suggest that you leave the collar on her neck for some time and when not on a leash. Some coaches use a regularthin rubber band so that the dog has the impressionthat it is constantly on a leash until they gain security.

Regards

Damir

phones

I tried the BlueAnt S4, and it worked—sorta. The hitch is that type of device hands off most voice commands to the phone’s internal voice processor, and the Barrage has the IQ of an amoeba. It actually understands me slightly better over the phone’s lame speakerphone. The S4 will go back to Best Buy tomorrow.

On the positive side, I finally have an excellent “road dog.” Ari, who you haven’t met yet, is a beautiful young German Shepherd of real capability. Although she needs work in several areas, she has pretty much mastered the behaviors required to literally run errands with me. Poor old Lilly is simply too short and stocky for Houston’s heat, but Ari barrels through it keeping formation with the wheelchair as if it was something she did in a past life. She’s also well-behaved in stores too.

From: Stinson, Brad [mailto:Brad.Stinson@VerizonWireless.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 10:38
To: ‘royall@conchbbs.com’
Subject: RE: phones

Yes sir. Im sorry. Just try to make sure you can return it if you dont like it.

phones

Sounds like that means I’m on my own. :/

From: Stinson, Brad [mailto:Brad.Stinson@VerizonWireless.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 22:54
To: ‘royall@conchbbs.com’
Subject: RE: phones

Scott,

I forget to tell you how much I miss seeing you in person. I love your witty comments and love to watch you get a kick out of giving me a hard time.

I have heard that the Blue Ant is a great product. I have tested the Motorola and LG versions. I like both of them ok. My problem was the sound quality in the car with the road noise. I have googled the product and reviews seem positive. We do not carry this model, so it very hard for me to give you my personal opinion.

I also feel horrible we never thought of trying these type devices years ago. Where was my professional help AKA my head?

Sorry it took so long to get back to you.

Thank you
Brad Stinson
VerizonWireless
Government Account Executive
Mobile: (713) 202-0907
Office: (713) 219-8572
Fax: (713) 219-8807
EMAIL: Brad.Stinson

From: Scott Royall [mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 8:41 PM
To: Stinson, Brad
Subject: RE: phones

I went back to a Barrage because the Octane was totally impossible for me to use. I know you’re going to be tempted to tell me to check out BlueAnt myself, but we both know Verizon’s stated reason for being glacially slow to roll out updates to customers is that they extensively test everything. Hokay, supposing that’s sort of true, then someone in your technical department should know exactly how well the various BlueAnt visor-mounted hands-free devices interact with the Barrage. That makes Verizon seemingly the right place to get a straight answer.

As I’ve said before, I know you’re just middle management. I’m trying to goad somebody upstairs into remembering that Verizon is still a communications provider, and communications users have a broad spectrum of requirements. I don’t need to tell you that this wheelchair carries two Verizon devices for two wildly different purposes. One of them needs to be a simple, bomb-proof telephone.

From: Scott Royall [mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 14:25
To: ‘Stinson, Brad’
Subject: RE: phones

I was just sitting here hating my phone when I stumbled upon this: http://revision3.com/tekzilla/makerfaire-2011. Go forth to BlueAnt and acquire one for me. The ideal would be a hands-free unit that would allow me to stuff the phone where the sun doesn’t shine. Translation: a BlueAnt unit should relieve me from ever needing to touch the damned phone to make or receive calls.

Anyway, would you please my misery.

From: Scott Royall [mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Sunday, May 29, 2011 19:58
To: ‘Stinson, Brad’
Subject: phones

I’m sorry, but I can’t even use this phone.