Saturday, February 23, 2013

The KGB Would Not Condone Tech Issues

On Monday, the holiday, the internet crapped out.  Calling my internet service provider to see if there was some kind of outage, it turned out to be my equipment that malfunctioned.  The woman at Tech Support seemed to think that given that I had an older model it had died of old age and to replace the cables etc. as well.  On Wednesday, the new modem arrived and I was back in business thought it was hideously sluggish.  Under normal circumstances with a DSL modem, when this happens you reboot it. Doing so killed it again.  Thursday, I realized I had switched out the Ethernet cable   (Firefox wants to capitalize it. Who am I to argue?) but I had left the original phone cord in place so I switched it out.  Nothing happened. Talked to my father on the phone and made lunch and then it worked.  Better than it had since last weekend.

I spent an entire post on Mission: Impossible last time and that had low readership but I want to discuss another spy show I just started watching. I've wanted to watch the new Keri Russell series The Americans ever since I heard about it. (A Russian sleeper agent plays a big part in my third as yet unwritten Marta Alger novel) But not having "real" cable, I wondered how. Then, silly me, it occurred to me that as an FX series, it's probably on Hulu.  And, yes, it is. Sweet.  The thing that irritates me is new episodes aren't upload for 8 freaking days after it airs! Oh well.

It's a very good series so far.  Elizabeth (Russell's character) is apparently 38 which validates my putting Marta's age at 39. Since it was created by a retired CIA agent, it's historically accurate enough for me.  

Oh.  You're new to this blog and don't know I published two spy novels? Winter Storm and it's sequel, Spring Thaw, gives the continuing adventures of CIA agent Marta Alger.  I also created a espionage agency for NATO for which she is a liaison: Creative Research and Development.   Basically, the character is a female James Bond. Check them out!

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