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Day 442: The Morning Quickie

Monday, January 28, 2013

Well, we have an internet connection this morning. Just.

Over the past roughly four years, and through three different telephone companies, we've had this same problem: sporadically, with no discernible pattern, the broadband and landline telephone service evaporate. The disruption may happen once for half-an-hour, then not recur for three months. Or it might fluctuate for a week, crackling in and out of existence... stay solid for two weeks... then waver, with distortion and loss, for a week.

We've complained incessantly (mostly because I'm a believer in "The squeaky wheel gets the grease," and I don't want them to become complacent in thinking the problem went away, haha). They've all admitted the problem is not in our house - fair enough. We are responsible for within the house whilst they are responsible for lines up to the customer's property.

They claim to have it pinned down between the nearest large transformer / exchange box (don't ask; I know more about telephone lines and connections than I ever wanted to) and the connector into our house. Apparently none of our neighbors have problems; the line from the nearest pole directly to the house was replaced about six months ago (squeaky wheel gets grease, but not necessarily the right type).

And the problem persists.

I don't realize how much I do online until it fails. The computer is my go-to for news, correspondence, information, virtually every type of communication. My calendar, recipes, address books, even my photos, are all niched onto... onto... cloud-thingies.

Great that they're secure, even if the hard-drive fails. Lousy that I can't pick up a notebook and access the information.

I swear, I'm going back to paper and pencil. Argh.

Thanks for listening to my gripe, and I'll catch up on blogs, posts, what-have-you, as soon as... Meanwhile, have a good'un, Sparklers - carpe diem!

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    emoticon An AMAZING Amount of Housework gets done when my Internet goes down, LOL!!
    emoticon And yes, it is "Interesting" to think about how much of Our Lives/Schedules/Relationships are tied up in the Internet.
    2864 days ago
    Realliy irritating... and I agree that it is a little scary to find how much of my life I have moved to the net...
    2864 days ago
    Beautiful picture! Where do you find/take them?

    2864 days ago
    How frustrating! Keep after them.
    2864 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8447668
    Two things will drive me crazy: Car problems and Computer issues. Good luck on the computer issue!
    2865 days ago
    Lovely photograph!

    I, too, am concerned about how much of my life is reliant upon an on-line existence and on-line information. Last summer we had the dreaded "derecho" (no, you really don't want to know) and a forced 6 days with internet access being only by appointment at one library and only brief did nothing to make me discover the joys of being off-line.
    2865 days ago
  • PATRICIA4472
    I hear you!!!!!
    2865 days ago
    One of the advantages of being "our age" is that we remember how to operate when it goes down... thus the pencil and paper notebook reference. Would a 20-something do as well?

    That said, I feel your pain, being every bit as dependent as the rest of the world! emoticon emoticon
    2865 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9922996
    How quickly the computer has earned a central place in our lives -- like you say, for all kinds of correspondence, pictures, music, research, writing, keeping in touch, etc., etc. And don't even mention streaming videos, blogs, websites, etc. I'm even taking two courses (for free at www.coursera.org) on History and Philosophy. When it fails, as it sometimes does during the hurricane season in SW Florida, I feel quite bereft. If it all went away, I suspect we'd have to learn how to live without it like we used to and pretty soon, THAT would be normal.
    2865 days ago
    I would be lost without my computer
    2865 days ago
    Frustration! Hopefully they will find someone with some sense to get it fixed. Know how frustrating this can be.
    2865 days ago
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  • POPSY190
    I HATE undianosed intermittent faults. You have my sympathy. I also find that it's the teleCOMMUNICATION companies that are often very poor communicators!
    2865 days ago
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