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On the move

I’ve given notice on my rental house (by registered mail to avoid any problems like previously). Moving day is Monday the 24th of October — one month from tomorrow. I’m hiring Gronow’s again — they were good last time.

Also sorting out dates for services and things. Should be no problems with power/water, but the comms… egads. ADSL moves take 5-10 days after the request. The request can be until the phone connection is on. The phone connection can’t be on until two working days after the request goes in. The request can’t go in until the previous tenant has moved out/disconnected their line, which I guess means on settlement day (October 13th). And that’s if it all goes smoothly. God help me if it turns out the new place is on pair gain or something. I haven’t added up all those days yet, but I’m betting there will be some time (gasp) without broadband.

Another timing issue is the local council elections on 26th November. I’ll be in the same (sacked recently) council at both the old and new addresses, but I’ll be changing wards. The elections are well after I move, but the electoral roll closes on October the 7th, before I move and before I settle/own the new house. Hmmmm. I think I’ll just send the form in early October, and assume it takes them at least a few days to process it and send out the new voter registration card etc.

Meanwhile… if web sites were people, they might want to stick with the sunny weather, but they’re not, they’re just bits and bytes zooming around on electronic boxes. This weekend, my web provider is moving servers from Brisbane to Canberra. The servers themselves won’t move, but my site will. They don’t expect the site to be down, but to help moving stuff across, they’ve asked for all interactive features to be disabled from Friday night to Monday morning. So comments will be switched off on all posts tonight; back on Monday. So hold that thought!

Update Sunday 9:45pm. All finished now, comments available again.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

3 replies on “On the move”

Seems like your council deserved to sacked, or at least some councillors should have been. I have heard about this difficult move/connection for the net before. My move experience with Telstra was fine, but I have heard of difficulties with Optus. Care to expand a bit and do some people a favour?

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