The Jurassic vs. Technology

RAV4 Hybrid Limited

Well, the internet came back on last night. Fitfully at first, hesitantly, it had coaxed along. Next, Direct TV came back too. Crisis solved. We will be all ready for Cyber Monday tomorrow. With this overarching issue that overshadowed everything else now solved, let us now turn to my other technology issue. Last week the RAV4’s infotainment screen started coming up with a message complaining/asking for service. This was different from the oil change light that resides on the dashboard. I’ve already figured out how to deal with that. This was different. I made an appointment at the dealer and took the car in. The service rep said that I was a little early for service, but they were more than ready to do the work. An hour later, we got the car back, along with its annoying message. I was already on my way and didn’t want to turn around and go back, so I decided to fix it myself. After much pawing over message boards, I came to realize that the RAV4 wasn’t asking to be serviced, hence the rep’s comment. One cryptic Suggest entering the name and address of the dealership. I tried it and it worked. The startup message had disappeared. Another victory for the Jurassic over technology.

Technical Issues


We have been wrestling with technical issues this holiday weekend. On Wednesday morning, the home ethernet went down and as of writing it is still down. That makes it three plus days of limited bandwidth. We still have our cell phones and they can act as hotspots and be tethered to the laptop, which is how I work at the cabin. Roughing it, but at least it is functional. I’ve called AT&T and they admit that they have a problem and are trying to fix it, but it is a holiday and I wonder how hard that they are really working. I’ve also gone to their outages troubleshooting page, which sports a map of the outage area and we are definitely in the red zone. It appears that only fiber customers are affected. So, for three days now our new modem shows a blinking red light. I can reset the modem and for a few minutes as it boots up, the blinking red light is replaced with a blinking white light, but inevitably the connection times out and the light switches back to red. Until today that is. I was working offline, when I noticed that the modem was blinking white and I hadn’t done anything. I played with it for about an hour, but still no joy, but at this point any change is progress.